Show ContentsDalgliesh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the first family to use the name Dalgliesh lived among the Dalriadan people of ancient Scotland. The name Dalgliesh was given to someone who 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 Dalgliesh family

The surname Dalgliesh 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 Dalgliesh family

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

Dalgliesh Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. Dalgliesh has been spelled Dalgleish, Dalgliesh, Dalglish, Dalglese, Dagleish, Dagleishe, Dalgleise, Dalgleiss, Dalgiss, Dalgis, Dalglis and many more.

Early Notables of the Dalgliesh 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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United States Dalgliesh migration to the United States +

These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Dalgliesh were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Dalgliesh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A Dalgliesh, aged 29, who landed in South Carolina in 1812 [3]
  • John Dalgliesh, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [3]
  • Janet Dalgliesh, aged 7, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Dalgliesh Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Margaret Dalgliesh, aged 0, who immigrated to the United States from Birmingham, in 1906
  • Percy Dalgliesh, aged 34, who landed in America from Southport, in 1906
  • Walter Dalgliesh, aged 29, who landed in America from Newcastle, in 1906
  • George Dalgliesh, aged 24, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1910
  • Adam Dalgliesh, aged 40, who settled in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1916
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Canada Dalgliesh migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dalgliesh Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Jennee C. Dalgliesh, aged 30, who immigrated to Kamloops, British Columbia, in 1912

Australia Dalgliesh migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dalgliesh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Dalgliesh, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dalgliesh (post 1700) +

  • Alice Dalgliesh (1893-1979), Trinidad-born, American author and book editor who wrote over 40 children's fiction and non-fiction books, three-time Newbery Honor Award recipient
  • Tom Dalgliesh (b. 1945), Scottish owner of Columbia Games and a designer of wargames and fantasy role playing materials
  • Dave Dalgliesh (b. 1978), Dutch mixed martial artist

The Dalgliesh 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)
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved on Facebook