Dundas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dundas family

The surname Dundas was first found in West Lothian. It is generally believed that the surname was acquired when Helias, son of Uctred secured the lands of Dundas from Waldeve, son of Gospatric through a charter agreement during the reign of Malcom IV. The document fails to list the precise date of the charter, though the time of the transaction is confirmed by alternative supporting evidence. A saying made famous among respective Clan members is recorded as follows: "any prime minister can raise a man to the House of Lords, but it takes seven centuries of Scottish history to make a Dundas of Dundas." Some of the family held estates at Aske, in the North Riding of Yorkshire in later times. "Aske Hall, one of the seats of the Earl of Zetland, is a spacious and elegant castellated mansion, situated on rising ground in a large and beautiful park, and embosomed in noble woods of fine old timber, and pleasure-grounds of varied surface: many of the views from the residence are of striking beauty. The noble earl's inferior title is Baron Dundas of the manor of Aske, conferred in 1794." [1]

Early History of the Dundas family

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Dundas Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dundas, Dundass and others.

Early Notables of the Dundas family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Dundas family to Ireland

Some of the Dundas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dundas migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dundas Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anthony George Dundas, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [2]
  • William Dundas who settled in Virginia in 1679
Dundas Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Dundas, who settled in New England in 1752
  • James Dundas who settled in New England in 1752
  • James Dundas, who landed in New England in 1762 [2]
Dundas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander, James, and John Dundas who all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1850
  • Alexander, James, and John Dundas, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1850
  • Sidney Lawrence Dundas, aged 18, who landed in America in 1886 [2]
  • Ellen Dundas, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Francis J. Dundas, aged 21, who landed in America from Fermanagh, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dundas Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Duncan Dundas, aged 39, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1901
  • Allice Dundas, aged 35, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1901
  • Arthur Bruce Dundas, aged 44, who immigrated to the United States from N. Berwick, Scotland, in 1904
  • Florence Dundas, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Newcastle, in 1905
  • Florence Dundas, aged 26, who landed in America from Quay on Tyne, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Dundas migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dundas Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • George Dundas, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
Dundas Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Dundas, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Mr. Hebe Dundas, aged 3 years & 6 months who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Tay" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on 1st June 1847 [3]
  • Miss. Sarah Dundas, aged 5 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Rankin" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [3]
Dundas Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Dora Dundas, aged 38, who settled in Toronto, in 1906
  • Alice Dundas, aged 28, who settled in Toronto, in 1906
  • Amy Dundas, aged 66, who settled in Toronto, in 1906
  • Francis Dundas, aged 35, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1911
  • Amy C. Dundas, aged 73, who immigrated to Port Elgin, Canada, in 1912

Australia Dundas migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dundas Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Dundas migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dundas Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Dundas, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Egidia" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1861 [4]
  • Mr. Alexander Dundas, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Egidia" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1861 [4]
  • W. Dundas, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Dundas (post 1700) +

  • Jennifer Dundas (b. 1971), award-winning American movie actor
  • Paul A. Dundas, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Waterville, Maine, 1938-43; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1940 [5]
  • John Dundas (b. 1759), American politician, Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia, 1795-96, 1798-99 [5]
  • Thomas Dundas KG, KT (1795-1873), 2nd Earl of Zetland, a British nobleman and politician
  • Vice-Admiral The Hon. Richard Saunders Dundas KCB (1802-1861), British Royal Navy officer
  • Thomas Dundas FRS (1741-1820), 1st Baron Dundas, a British peer who commissioned the Charlotte Dundas, the world's "first practical steamboat"
  • Lawrence Mark Dundas (b. 1937), 4th Marquess of Zetland, a British peer, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the North Yorkshire county
  • Maria Dundas (1785-1842), birth name of Maria Graham, and later Maria, Lady Callcott, a British writer of travel books and children's books, and an accomplished illustrator
  • Lawrence John Lumley Dundas KG, GCSI, GCIE, PC, JP, DL (1876-1961), 2nd Marquess of Zetland, a British Conservative politician, Secretary of State for India (1935-1937)
  • Lawrence Aldred Mervyn Dundas (1908-1989), 3rd Marquess of Zetland, a British lawn tennis player
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Dundas Motto +

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: Essayez
Motto Translation: Try.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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. 26)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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