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

Some surnames are derived from the occupation of the person who first held the name. Scrymgeour is most likely such a name, referring to one who was a fencing-master, coming from the old French "eskermisseour", meaning "fencer" and which came in turn from the old high German word "skirmen", which meant "to defend". Such fencing-masters always found plentiful employment in medieval Europe, though they were officially banned from some large cities, such as London, because they could be a dangerous influence on others. Notice the similarities between the name Scrymgeour and the modern English word "skirmisher".

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Scrimgeor, Scrimshaw, Scrimshawe, Scrimshire, Scrimsger, Scrymgeour, Scrymgeor, Scrimger and many more.

First found in Fife, where some records speak of a Clan Scrymgeour, who held the position of hereditary standard-bearers of Scotland. One of them, known originally as Alexander, son of Colyn, son of Carun, obtained in 1293 a lease of the land or Torr from Thomas de Kylmaron for his services in this position of standard-bearer. By 1298, Alexander had adopted the name 'Skirmeschur' and had a charter for some lands near Dundee from Sir William Wallace, Guardian of the Kingdom. Along with the lands came the title of Constable of the Castle of Dundee and this became a hereditary office of the Chief of the Scrimgeours. Eight years later, he was taken as a prisoner of war and was hung at Newcastle-on-Tyne on the express orders of Edward I.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scrymgeour research. Another 559 words(40 lines of text) covering the years 1505, 1572, 1st and 1668 are included under the topic Early Scrymgeour History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scrymgeour Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Scrymgeour Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Scrymgeour, who landed in New York, NY in 1835
  • Catharine Scrymgeour, who landed in New York in 1853
  • Elizabeth Scott Scrymgeour, who arrived in New York in 1853

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  • Alexander Henry Scrymgeour (b. 1949), 12th Earl of Dundee, a Scottish nobleman


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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: Dissipate
Motto Translation: Dispursed.

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Scrymgeour Clan Badge
Scrymgeour Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Scrymgeour
Scirmechour, Scrimgeour, Scrimiour, Scrymgeour, Scrymsour, Skrimagour, Skymezour and more.

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