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Early Origins of the Broadwood family

The surname Broadwood 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 Bradwod sat in inquest of lands. John Braidwod or Braidwoth and Patrick Braidwot are recorded in 1498 as inhabitants of Vddynston, and Cristine Braydwoyd was tenant in the barony of Glasgow in 1521. [1]

Further to the south in England, the first record was Walter de Brodwode who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1274 in Somerset. [2] Much later, Rycharde Bradwoode and Alyce Dayle were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in 1563. [3]

Early History of the Broadwood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broadwood research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1521, 1649, 1553, 1550, 1732, 1715, 1806, 1795, 1732, 1740, 1770 and 1812 are included under the topic Early Broadwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Broadwood Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Broadwood family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Thomas Braidwood (1715-1806), founder of a school for the deaf in Scotland, founder of the Braidwoodian Method. John Broadwood and Sons has been identified with pianoforte-making in London from the introduction of the instrument and was established by a harpsichord-maker, Burkhard Tschudi, a descendant of the Schwanden branch of the noble Swiss family of that name (Schweizerische Lexicon, art. 'Tschudi,' Zurich, 1795). In England he wrote his name Shudi, and established himself about the year 1732 at the house (afterwards No. 33) in Great Pulteney Street, Golden Square, the sign he adopted, before it...
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Australia Broadwood migration to Australia +

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

Broadwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Broadwood, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orator" in 1849 [4]
  • Mr. William Broadwood, (Maine, Frank), English mason who was convicted in Maidstone, Kent, England for 15 years for house breaking, transported aboard the "Clara" on 19th March 1857, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Broadwood (post 1700) +

  • John Broadwood (1732-1812), Scottish piano manufacturer, born at Cockburnspath, Dunbar, founder of Broadwood and Sons (he came of an old family of Northumbrian yeomen, who. in the sixteenth century owned land near Hexham, but in the eighteenth century moved into Scotland) [6]
  • Lucy Etheldred Broadwood (1858-1929), English folksong collector

The Broadwood 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. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ORATOR 1849. Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 11th February 2021 from
  6. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019 on Facebook