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It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Glassgow. It was a name for someone who lived in the city of Glasgow on the river Clyde in the county of Renfrew (first recorded in 1116 as Glasgu), or from either of two minor places with the same name in Aberdeenshire. The origins of the place name are uncertain, it may come from the Welsh glas, or "gray," and cau, meaning "hollows."

Glassgow Early Origins



The surname Glassgow was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, 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.

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Glassgow Spelling Variations


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Glassgow Spelling Variations



Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Glassgow has been spelled Glassgow, Glasgow, Glassgaw and others.

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Glassgow Early History


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Glassgow Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glassgow research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1258, 1299, and 1343 are included under the topic Early Glassgow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Glassgow Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Glassgow Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Glassgow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Glassgow In Ireland


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Glassgow In Ireland



Some of the Glassgow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: Edward Glascow who settled in New York in 1822; Elizabeth, Hannah, Samuel, and William Glascow settled in New England in 1760.

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