Wigtown and Dumfriesshire. The place-name Crosby is derived from the Old Norse words kross and byr, which mean cross and farm.
Early Origins of the Corsbey family
Wigtownshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Corsbey family
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Corsbey Spelling Variations
Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Corsbey has been spelled Crosby, Crosseby, Crosbie, Crossby, Corsby and many more.
Early Notables of the Corsbey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Corsbey family to Ireland
Some of the Corsbey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Corsbey family to the New World and Oceana
The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: Anthony Crosby settled in Rowley in 1643.
The Corsbey 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 Translation: I shall rise again
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