Dalgleas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Dalriadan kingdom of ancient Scotland was the home of the ancestors of the Dalgleas family. Their name indicates that they lived in the ancient lands of Dalgleish on Tima Water, in the parish of Ettrick, in the county of Selkirk, Scotland. The place name comes from the Celtic dol, meaning "field," and glas, or "green." 
Early Origins of the Dalgleas family
The surname Dalgleas was first found in Selkirkshire (Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Shalcraig).
Some of the first records of the family include: "Symon de Dalgles [who] in 1407 witnessed a charter by Robert, Duke of Albany in favor of John de Hawdene of the lands of Hawdene and Yethame. Simon of Daigles, probably a son of Symon, was canon and prebend of Askirk in 1448." 
The Dalgleish family figured prominently in the Scottish-English border conflicts.
Early History of the Dalgleas family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dalgleas research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1452, 1494, 1507, 1484, 1503, 1510, 1507, 1521, 1556, 1590, 1597, 1560, 1591, 1560, 1582, 1582 and 1586 are included under the topic Early Dalgleas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dalgleas Spelling Variations
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Dalgleas include Dalgleish, Dalgliesh, Dalglish, Dalglese, Dagleish, Dagleishe, Dalgleise, Dalgleiss, Dalgiss, Dalgis, Dalglis and many more.
Early Notables of the Dalgleas family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Sir William Dalgles; and Nicol Dalgleish (c.,1560 - ?), Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1591. Nicol was born about 1560. His brother was a merchant in Inverness so he may have originated in, or had connections with that city. He is mentioned as having been a Regent (or teacher) in St Leonard's College in the University of St Andrews, so...
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Migration of the Dalgleas family
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Dalgleas or a variant listed above include: Alexander Dalgleish who arrived in America in 1685; Andrew Dalgleish settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1764; and David Dalgleish settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1763..
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: Deliciae meae
Motto Translation: My delight.
- Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
- Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)