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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Lowther, Louder, Lowder, Louther and others.

First found in Westmorland, 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lowther research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1215, 1583, 1659, 1626, 1640, 1605, 1675, 1628, 1660, 1628, 1668, 1641, 1693, 1655, 1700, 1696, 1692, 1713, 1723, 1589, 1660 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Lowther History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 241 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lowther Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Lowther family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lowther Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Lowther settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Wm Lowther, aged 24, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Margaret Lowther, who landed in Maryland in 1671
  • Thomas Lowther settled in Jamaica in 1679
  • Luke Lowther settled in Barbados in 1679

Lowther Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John Lowther, who arrived in New England in 1768
  • Henry Lowther, who landed in New York, NY in 1797

Lowther Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Lowther settled in New York in 1804
  • Joseph Lowther, aged 24, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Thomas Lowther, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826
  • Rober Lowther, aged 45, arrived in Missouri in 1840


  • George F. Lowther (1913-1975), American radio script writer
  • Major Christopher William Lowther (1887-1935), Conservative MP for North Cumberland 19181921
  • Colonel Claude William Henry Lowther (1872-1929), English Conservative politician
  • Lancelot Edward Lowther (1867-1953), English military officer, Deputy Lieutenant of Cumberland (1891-) and Westmorland (1892-), succeeded as 6th Earl of Lonsdale in 1944
  • James Hugh William Lowther (1922-2006), 7th Earl of Lonsdale
  • Henry Cecil Lowther (1790-1867), British Conservative politician and cricketer
  • James Lowther (1855-1949), 1st Viscount Ullswater, Conservative politician and Speaker of the House of Commons
  • Sir John Henry Lowther (1793-1868), 2nd Baronet, Tory MP in the British Parliament
  • Patricia Louise Lowther (1935-1975), Canadian poet
  • Sir Thomas Lowther (1699-1745), 2nd Baronet, English landowner



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: Magistratus indicat virum
Motto Translation: The magistracy shows the man.


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  8. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
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The Lowther Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lowther 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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