The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland
were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Dawglass. It comes from in Moray, where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to early times. Some claim the name is derived from a knight of 770 who after aiding King Solvathius of Scotland
in his great battle with Donald Bain, King of the Western Isles was granted the lands of Clydesdale. Others claim the name was originally derived from Theobaldus, a Flemming and were granted the lands of Douglas Water. In Gaelic, the name is Dudhglas
means "black stream."
Early Origins of the Dawglass family
The surname Dawglass was first found in Moray, where the progenitor of the Clan
is thought to be Archibald of Douglasdale (1198-1239). The Douglasses of Drumlanrig claim descent from Sir William Douglas, who was granted the lands of Drumlanrig in 1412 by King James I. The grandson of Archibald Douglasdale, known as William the Hardy, served as a companion-in-arms to William Wallace, the patriot leader of the Scottish wars of Independence. His two sons carried on his noble reputation. The first, William, was the progenitor of the Douglases of Morton and was granted the Earldom of Morton in 1458 by King James II. The second, Andrew, and his family became known as the Black Douglases.
Early History of the Dawglass family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dawglass research.Another 463 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1174, 1243, 1298, 1220, 1274, 1328, 1400, 1380, 1403, 1360, 1408, 1402, 1404, 1540, 1595, 1594, 1674, 1611, 1662 and are included under the topic Early Dawglass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dawglass Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Dawglass has appeared Douglas, Douglass, Dougliss, Dougless, Dowglas, Duglas, Duglass and many more.
Early Notables of the Dawglass family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Archibald Douglas, (1328-1400), 3rd Earl of Douglas, Earl of Wigtown
, Lord of Douglas, Lord of Bothwell and Lord of Galloway
, a late medieval Scottish magnate; George Douglas, 1st Earl of Angus
(1380-1403), mediaeval Scottish nobleman; Isabel Douglas, Countess of Mar (c.
1360-1408), inherited... Another 404 words (29 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dawglass Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dawglass family to Ireland
Some of the Dawglass family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dawglass family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Dawglass name: Charles Douglas who settled in New Jersey in 1685; Hugh Douglas settled in Virginia in 1635; John Douglas settled in Virginia in 1655; Lee William Douglas settled in Virginia in 1655.
The Dawglass 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: Jamais arriere
Motto Translation: Never behind.