Dalgly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The forbears of the name Dalgly are thought to be of the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The name indicates that the first 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 Dalgly family

The surname Dalgly 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 Dalgly family

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

Dalgly Spelling Variations

Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Dalgly has been spelled Dalgleish, Dalgliesh, Dalglish, Dalglese, Dagleish, Dagleishe, Dalgleise, Dalgleiss, Dalgiss, Dalgis, Dalglis and many more.

Early Notables of the Dalgly 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 Dalgly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dalgly family

Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Dalgly were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: 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 Dalgly 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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