The Gilgour family saga is rooted in the people of the Pictish Clan
of ancient Scotland
. The Gilgour family lived in Kilgour, which is located near Falkland in the county of Fife
. The surname Gilgour belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Gilgour family
The surname Gilgour was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Gilgour family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilgour research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Gilgour History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gilgour Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred
years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations
of the name Gilgour include Kilgour, Kilgore and others.
Early Notables of the Gilgour family (pre 1700)
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and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gilgour family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence
, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Gilgour: Francis Kilgore settled in Virginia in 1761; Joseph and Martha Kilgour settled with their four children settled in Barstable Massachusetts in 1822; George Kilgour arrived in San Francisco in 1850..