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Cranstoun History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Scotland with its rugged terrain and rich ancestry was the beginning of the ancient family tree of the Cranstoun family. In Scotland, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Cranstoun family lived in Edinburghshire.

Early Origins of the Cranstoun family


The surname Cranstoun was first found in Edinburghshire, a former county, now part of the Midlothian council area where Eric de Cranston witnessed a charter by William the Lion in the 12th century. An Andrew de Cragestone of Edinburghshire rendered homage to King Edward of England during his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. It is thought that this name was actually Cranestone, as his seal bore the 'Cranstoun' crane. His son, another Andrew was the first recognized Chief of the Cranstouns, in 1338.

Early History of the Cranstoun family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cranstoun research.
Another 381 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1338, 1423, 1603, 1627, 1648, 1620, 1664, 1625, 1680, 1678, 1680, 1659, 1727, 1689, 1727 and are included under the topic Early Cranstoun History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cranstoun Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Cranston, Cranstoun, Cranstown and others.

Early Notables of the Cranstoun family (pre 1700)


Notable among the family at this time was William Cranstoun, 1st Lord Cranstoun (died 1627), a Scottish Lord of Parliament, known for his work in the pacification of the Anglo-Scottish border; and his son, John Cranstoun, 2nd Lord Cranstoun (died c. 1648), a Scottish Lord of Parliament; and his son, William...
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Migration of the Cranstoun family to Ireland


Some of the Cranstoun family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cranstoun family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cranstoun Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agnes Cranstoun, aged 23, who arrived in America from Glasgow Scotland, in 1911
  • Rebecca Cranstoun, who arrived in America, in 1912
  • James Louden Cranstoun, aged 31, who arrived in America from Biggar, Scotland, in 1922
  • Jean Cranstoun, aged 38, who arrived in America from Biggar, Scotland, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Cranstoun (post 1700)


  • Charles Frederick Cranstoun (1813-1869), 11th Lord Cranstoun, Scottish peer
  • James Edward Cranstoun (1809-1869), 10th Lord Cranstoun, Scottish peer
  • James Edmund Cranstoun (1780-1818), 9th Lord Cranstoun, Scottish peer
  • William Cranstoun (1749-1778), 7th Lord Cranstoun, Scottish peer
  • James Cranstoun (1755-1796), 8th Lord Cranstoun Scottish officer of the Royal Navy
  • George Cranstoun (d. 1850), Lord Corehouse, a Scottish advocate, judge and satirist

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Cranstoun
Cranist, Cranston, Cranstone, Cranstoun, Cranystoun, Craynston and more.

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