Early Origins of the Craighede family
The surname Craighede was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
. Craighead Law, Craighead Lea or Law hill is said to be a Moot hill, a justice or court hill controlled in feudal
times by the local Baron
. Stones on its summit appear to be deliberately positioned and a grass covered cairn is clearly visible. The hill is located in what is now known as Lugton, East Ayrshire. Interestingly, Craghead is a former mining village in County Durham.
Early History of the Craighede family
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Craighede Spelling Variations
Scribes in Medieval Scotland
spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations
exist in names of that era. Craighede has been spelled Craighead, Craighede, Craigdaillie, Craigdallie and others.
Early Notables of the Craighede family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Craighede 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: Thomas Craghead who settled in Nantucket in 1774.
The Craighede 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: Securum presidium
Motto Translation: A secure fortress.