Callander History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Callander family saga is rooted in the people of the Pictish Clan of ancient Scotland. The Callander family lived on the lands or barony of Callander in Perthshire. The name is quite mistakenly thought of as an occupational name derived from the trade of calendering or glossing cloth. Scholars seem to agree that this name was not related to the calendar of the months.

Early Origins of the Callander family

The surname Callander was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland. "This place derives its name, of Gaelic origin, from an ancient ferry across the river Teath, the principal road to which lay within its limits." [1]

Early History of the Callander family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Callander research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1296 and 1360 are included under the topic Early Callander History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Callander Spelling Variations

Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Callander include Callander, Callender, Callandar, Callenter, Kalender, Calenter and many more.

Early Notables of the Callander family (pre 1700)

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United States Callander migration to the United States +

The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Callander:

Callander Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Callander, who arrived in Virginia in 1773 [2]

Australia Callander migration to Australia +

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

Callander Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Callander, (b. 1825), aged 13, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 27th July 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1877 [3]

New Zealand Callander migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Callander Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Callander, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • Jean Callander, aged 37, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • James Callander, aged 14, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • John Callander, aged 11, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • Alexander Callander, aged 8, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Callander (post 1700) +

  • Donald Bruce "Don" Callander (1930-2008), American fantasy novel author, photographer, editor and graphic artist
  • John Callander (1722-1789), Scottish antiquary from Craigforth, Stirlingshire, descended from James VI's master-smith in Scotland; his father purchased Craigforth of the earls of Livingston and Callander about 1603 [4]
  • James Henry Callander (1803-1851), Scottish politician, 5th Callander Laird of Craigforth, Stirlingshire
  • Gary Callander (1959-2021), Scotland international rugby union player from Kelso, Scotland
  • Major Donald Fraser Callander OBE MC & Bar (1918-1992), British officer, one of the last men to lead his men into battle wearing the kilt
  • Lieutenant General Sir Colin Bishop Callander KCB KBE MC (1897-1979), British Army officer, General Officer Commanding the 4th Division (1945-1946), Military Secretary (1954-1957)
  • Leonard Andrew Callander (b. 1956), Canadian retired former professional NHL ice hockey centre, older brother of Jock Callander
  • William Darren "Jock" Callander (b. 1961), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey player from Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Peter Callander (1939-2014), English songwriter and record producer who formed the publishing company, Callander Family Music Ltd


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-grey
  4. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 31 Oct. 2019


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