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Where did the Scottish Legge family come from? When did the Legge family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Legge family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Legge, Legg and others.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Legge research. Another 163 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1647, 1691, 1673, 1682, 1683, 1685 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Legge History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Legge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Legge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Legge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Legge settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Edwd Legge, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Anne Legge settled in Virginia in 1663
  • John Legge, who landed in Maryland in 1679

Legge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Legge, aged 23, a dairy maid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874


  • Professor Gordon E Legge, American Distinguished McKnight University Professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota
  • Brigadier-General Barnwell Rhett Legge (1891-1949), American Instructor at Command & General Staff School (1936-1939)
  • James Legge (1815-1897), Scottish missionary
  • Colonel William Vincent Legge (1841-1918), Australian ornithologist, first President of the RAOU
  • James Gordon Legge (1863-1947), Australian Army Lieutenant General who served in World War I
  • George Legge, British First Baron of Dartmouth
  • Hon. Edward Legge, British Royal Navy captain
  • Michael Legge, Irish comedian
  • Major-General Stanley Ferguson Legge (1900-1977), Australian Chief Administration Officer Queensland Lines of Communications Area from 1944 to 1945



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