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

The roots of the name Selcraig are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Selcraig was originally found in the former royal burgh county town of Selkirk.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Selcraig has been spelled Selkirk, Salkirk, Silkrige, Selkyrk, Selcraig and others.

First found in Selkirkshire (Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Shalcraig), where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Selcraig research. Another 305 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1291, 1350, 1368, 1676 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Selcraig History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 77 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Selcraig Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them: James Selkirk who settled in New York State in 1774; Robert Selkridge settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767.

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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: Jamais arriere
Motto Translation: Never behind.

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

This page was last modified on 13 November 2013 at 14:40.

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