Braidwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Braidwood family

The surname Braidwood was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat in their territories at Braidwood in the parish of Avondale. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland. But those east coast and central families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. They were first seated at Bavelay in the year 1280 when John de Bradwood sat in inquest of lands.

Early History of the Braidwood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Braidwood research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1521, 1649, 1715, 1745, and 1806 are included under the topic Early Braidwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Braidwood Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Braidwood, Bradwood, Breadwood, Broadwood and others.

Early Notables of the Braidwood family (pre 1700)

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


United States Braidwood migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Braidwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Braidwood settler in Virginia in 1813
  • John Braidwood, aged 28, who arrived in Virginia in 1813 [1]

Canada Braidwood migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Braidwood Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Braidwood, who landed in Canada in 1821

Australia Braidwood migration to Australia +

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

Braidwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Braidwood, aged 25, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie" [2]
  • Helen Braidwood, aged 14, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Braidwood (post 1700) +

  • Robert John Braidwood (1907-2003), American archaeologist and anthropologist, one of the founders of scientific archaeology, a leader in the field of Near Eastern Prehistory
  • Charles "Chuck" Grant Braidwood (1903-1945), American professional football player who played from 1930 to 1933 for the Portsmouth Spartans, Chicago Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds
  • James Braidwood (1800-1861), Scottish Superintendent of the London fire-brigade, born at Edinburgh, founded the world's first municipal fire service in Edinburgh in 1824, the son of a respectable tradesman in that city [4]
  • Thomas Braidwood (1715-1806), Scottish teacher of the deaf and dumb,educated at Edinburgh University [4]
  • Thomas Braidwood (1715-1798), Scottish educator who established the first school in Great Britain for deaf-mutes, at Edinburgh in 1760
  • Robert Philip "Phil" BEng Braidwood MLC (b. 1949), Manx politician, Member of the Legislative Council for the Isle of Man
  • Ernest "Ernie" Braidwood (1895-1968), English professional footballer who played from 1920 to 1930
  • Adam Braidwood (b. 1984), Canadian former professional CFL football defensive end for the Edmonton Eskimos (2006-2010), current professional boxer
  • Tom Braidwood (b. 1948), Canadian actor and director, best known for his role as Melvin Frohike, one of the conspiracy theorists known as The Lone Gunmen on the television series The X-Files
  • John Braidwood Dooley (1883-1961), Australian politician, Senator for New South Wales (1928-1935)


The Braidwood 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: Vigueur de dessus
Motto Translation: Strength is from above.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Friday 17th November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) James Fernie 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Norther Light 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/northernlight1855.shtml
  4. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019


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