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Where did the Scottish Mollison family come from? What is the Scottish Mollison family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mollison family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mollison family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Mollison, Molison, Mollyson, Molleson and others.

First found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mollison research. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) covering the year 1589 is included under the topic Early Mollison History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mollison Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • William Mollison, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • W. K. Mollison, aged 32, who arrived in America, in 1893

Mollison Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • John Mollison, aged 32, who arrived in America from Arbroath, Scotland, in 1907
  • Jeanie A. Mollison, aged 28, who arrived in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1908
  • James Bain Mollison, aged 35, who arrived in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1910
  • Adam Mollison, aged 23, who arrived in America from Arbroath, Scotland, in 1910
  • Allan Mollison, aged 28, who arrived in America from Condorral, Scotland, in 1911


  • Brigadier-General James Alexander Mollison (1897-1970), American Vice Administrator for Staff Operations, War Assets Administration (1946-1948)
  • Irvin Charles Mollison (1898-1962), American jurist, Judge for the United States Customs Court (1945-1962)
  • James Allan "Jim" Mollison (1905-1959), Scottish pioneering airplane pilot
  • Professor Patrick Mollison, English doctor of Haematology
  • Bill Mollison (b. 1928), Australian scientist, naturalist and University professor, who became a campaigner against environmental exploitation
  • Clifford Lely Mollison (1897-1986), British film and television actor
  • Henry Mollison (1905-1985), British film actor., brother of Clifford Mollison
  • James Mollison AO (b. 1931), Australian acting director of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) from 1971 to 1977
  • F Iona Mollison (b. 1954), British television and theatre actress
  • Deborah Mollison (b. 1958), British composer and songwriter



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fax mentis honestae gloria
Motto Translation: Glory is the light of a noble mind.


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The Mollison Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mollison 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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