Delgess History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Delgess is a name that dates back to the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It 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 Delgess family

The surname Delgess 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 Delgess family

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

Delgess Spelling Variations

Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Delgess has been spelled Dalgleish, Dalgliesh, Dalglish, Dalglese, Dagleish, Dagleishe, Dalgleise, Dalgleiss, Dalgiss, Dalgis, Dalglis and many more.

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

Migration of the Delgess family

Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Delgess or a variant listed above: 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 Delgess 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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