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Where did the Scottish Carswell family come from? What is the Scottish Carswell family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Carswell family history?

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The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Carswell has been spelled Carswell, Cresswell, Carsewell, Cressville, Carswele, Kersewell, Cressewell, Chriswell and many more.

First found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated at Carswell in the parish of Neilston in that shire, and later branched to Carnswell in the barony of Carnwath in Lanarkshire, and to Carswell in the barony of Hassendean in Roxburghshire. Alexander Cresswell son of Uchtred was the first known of the name, and William Cresswell was Chancellor of Moray between 1281 and 1298. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carswell research. Another 119 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1373, 1603, 1296, 1654, 1712 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Carswell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carswell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Carswell Settlers in the 17th Century


  • John Carswell settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants

Carswell Settlers in the 18th Century


  • Robert Carswell in St. Christopher in 1716
  • John Carswell, who landed in New England in 1753
  • John Carswell who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767 with his wife Anne, and his children George, Joseph, Thomas, and Rebecca

Carswell Settlers in the 19th Century


  • James Carswell, aged 30, arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1824
  • Walter Carswell, who arrived in Mississippi in 1841
  • Elizabeth Carswell, aged 25, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854

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  • Catherine Carswell (1879-1946), Scottish novelist and biographer
  • Sir Robert Carswell (1793-1857), Scottish pathologist and physician
  • Donald Carswell (1882-1940), Scottish barrister, journalist and author
  • Dwayne Carswell (b. 1972), American NFL offensive lineman who played from 1994 to 2005
  • Robert Douglas Carswell PC, QC (b. 1934), Baron Carswell, British barrister and judge, retired Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
  • Stephanie May Carswell (b. 1985), Australian actress and lyric soprano with a vocal range of over 3½ octaves
  • Major Horace Seaver "Stump" Carswell Jr. (1916-1944), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944, eponym of Carswell Air Force Base, Texas
  • John Douglas Wilson Carswell (b. 1971), British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Clacton (2005-)
  • George Harrold Carswell (1919-1992), American jurist, Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1969-1970)
  • Robert "Bob" Corteen Carswell RBV (b. 1950), Manx language and culture activist

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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  4. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  7. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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The Carswell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carswell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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