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,
Early Origins of the Glassgow family
The surname Glassgow was first found in Renfrewshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), 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.
Early History of the Glassgow family
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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.
Early Notables of the Glassgow family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Glassgow family to Ireland
Some of the Glassgow family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Glassgow family to the New World and Oceana
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