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Early Origins of the Collingwood family

The surname Collingwood was first found in Northumberland. The township of Little Rye was an early home of this distinguished family. "This was the seat of the fourth son of Sir Daniel Collingwood, of Brandon, the descendant of Sir Cuthbert Collingwood, of Eslington, whose family were celebrated for their feats of border chivalry, and held considerable possessions in these parts. Alexander Collingwood, who resided at Little Ryle, was High Sheriff of the county in 1725. The old Hall, which stood in a fine sheltered situation, has long been in ruins." [1] A branch of the family was established in North Dissington, Northumberland in early times. "This place was formerly the property and residence of a junior branch of the Delaval family, of whom Admiral Sir Ralph Delaval, a native of the township, sold the estate to Mr. Collingwood, of Byker, from whom it descended to its present possessor. The Hall, the seat of Mr. Collingwood, is a substantial stone mansion, erected in 1797, and contains a small collection of pictures. " [1]

Early History of the Collingwood family

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Collingwood Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Collingwood, Colingwood, Callingwood, Gollingwood and many more.

Early Notables of the Collingwood family

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was

  • Roger Collingwood (fl. 1513), English mathematician, elected a fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1497. He was dean of his college in 1504, and obtained a license on 16 Sept. 1507 to travel on t...
  • Daniel Collingwood (c.1634-1681), was an English politician, Member of Parliament for Morpeth (1679-1681)
  • George Collingwood (d. 1716), was a Jacobite, "descended from the ancient family of Collingwood which was seated at Eslington, Northumberland, in the early part of the reign of Henry VIII. Having take...

United States Collingwood migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Collingwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Roger Collingwood, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [2]
  • Robert Collingwood, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [2]
  • d, William Collingwood, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [2]
Collingwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Collingwood who arrived in Philadelphia in 1798
Collingwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Collingwood, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Jane Collingwood, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [2]
  • Thomas Collingwood, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1817 [2]

Australia Collingwood migration to Australia +

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

Collingwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Collingwood, British Convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Batavia" in October 1817, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. George Collingwood, (b. 1804), aged 22, British Convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for life, transported aboard the "Earl St Vincent" on 20th April 1826, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. John Easthope Collingwood, (b. 1802), aged 39, English carpenter who was convicted in Warwickshire, England for life for uttering forged notes, transported aboard the "David Clarke" on 3rd June 1841, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1847 [5]
  • Edward Collingwood, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elizabeth" in 1849 [6]

New Zealand Collingwood 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:

Collingwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Collingwood, aged 31, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875 [7]
  • jane Collingwood, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875 [7]
  • Eliza Collingwood, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875 [7]
  • George Collingwood, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875 [7]
  • Jane Collingwood, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Collingwood (post 1700) +

  • Charles Collingwood (1917-1985), American television newscaster
  • Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood (1748-1810), 1st Baron Collingwood, admiral of the Royal Navy, of an old Northumberland family which had fallen into reduced circumstances during the civil war of the 17th century and the rebellion of 1715 [8]
  • Paul David Collingwood MBE (b. 1976), English cricketer
  • Sir Edward Foyle Collingwood FRS DL CBE (1900-1970), English mathematician and scientist
  • William Gershom Collingwood (1854-1932), English artist and archaeologist
  • Robin George Collingwood (1889-1943), English philosopher
  • Peter Trevor Collingwood (1920-2016), English-born, Australian actor
  • Lt Gen Andrew Collingwood CBE, British Corps of R Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
  • Lyn Collingwood (b. 1936), Australian actress
  • Charles Henry Collingwood (b. 1943), British actor

The Collingwood 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: Nil conscire sibi
Motto Translation: To have a conscience free from guilt.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. 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)
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  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th September 2021). Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd June 2021). Retrieved from
  6. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZABETH 1849. Retrieved from
  7. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 12th December 2018). Retrieved from
  8. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook