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Dempster Surname History



In ancient Scotland, the Picts were the ancestors of the first to use the name Dempster. It was a name for a person who held the office of judex or dempster to the Parliament. Up until 1747, every barony held courts for trials in that barony and the judex was a baillie for the chief or laird.


Early Origins of the Dempster family


The surname Dempster was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Dempster family


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Dempster Spelling Variations


The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Dempster has been spelled Dempster, Deemester, Dempstar, Demster and others.

Early Notables of the Dempster family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Dempster family to Ireland


Some of the Dempster family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dempster family to the New World and Oceana


This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Dempster:

Dempster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jane Dempster who settled in Barbados in 1679

Dempster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Dempster, aged 18, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Lilly Dempster, aged 16, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Dempster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Dempster, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Alex, Blakley, James, John, Lilly, Robert, Samuel and William Dempster, all, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1775 and 1868
  • John Dempster, who landed in Arkansas in 1894 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Dempster Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • H. Dempster, aged 24 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Royalist" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 24)

Dempster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Dempster, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  • William Dempster, aged 22, a weaver, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Archibald Dempster, aged 36, a weaver, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • John Dempster, aged 45, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • James Dempster, aged 16, a weaver, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dempster Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr. A. Dempster, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gloucester" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 28th December 1858 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mrs. Dempster, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gloucester" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 28th December 1858 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Child Dempster, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gloucester" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 28th December 1858 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mr. Robert Dempster, (b. 1831), aged 33, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1865 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html

Contemporary Notables of the name Dempster (post 1700)


  • George Roby Dempster (1887-1964), American industrialist, founder of Dempster Brothers Construction Company, inventor of the Dempster-Dumpster
  • Stuart Dempster (b. 1936), American trombonist, didjeridu player, improvisor, and composer
  • Carol Dempster (1901-1991), American film actress of the silent film era
  • George Dempster (1732-1818), Scottish lawyer and member of Parliament
  • John "Jocky" Dempster (b. 1948), Scottish former professional footballer
  • Corporal William John Duncan Dempster (1876-1964), Welsh-born, Canadian member of the North-West Mounted Police in the Yukon Territory, "the best trail man in the Yukon"; he led the expedition to successfully find the Lost Patrol in 1910, eponym of Dempster Highway, Yukon
  • Charles Edward Dempster (1839-1907), Australian politician in Western Australia
  • Hugh Dempster (1900-1987), British theatre and film actor
  • Nigel Richard Patton Dempster (1941-2007), British journalist, author, broadcaster and diarist
  • John Dempster (b. 1983), English footballer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Dempster family



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Herbert James Dempster (1921-1941), Australian Stoker from Burnley, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

See Also



Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 24)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp


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