Dalgleise History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rugged west coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancestral home of the Dalgleise family. Their name indicates that the original bearer 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Dalgleise family

The surname Dalgleise 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." [2]

The Dalgleish family figured prominently in the Scottish-English border conflicts.

Early History of the Dalgleise family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dalgleise 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 Dalgleise History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dalgleise Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Dalgleise has been spelled Dalgleish, Dalgliesh, Dalglish, Dalglese, Dagleish, Dagleishe, Dalgleise, Dalgleiss, Dalgiss, Dalgis, Dalglis and many more.

Early Notables of the Dalgleise 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...
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dalgleise Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dalgleise family

The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Dalgleise arrived in North America very early: 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 Dalgleise 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: Deliciae meae
Motto Translation: My delight.


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ 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)


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