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Dempster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The roots of the ancient Scottish name Dempster are found among the people of a tribe known as the Picts. Dempster is a name for a person who held the office of judex or dempster to the Parliament. Up until 1747, every barony held courts for trials in that barony and the judex was a baillie for the chief or laird.

Early Origins of the Dempster family


The surname Dempster was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Dempster family


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Dempster Spelling Variations


The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Dempster has been spelled Dempster, Deemester, Dempstar, Demster and others.

Early Notables of the Dempster family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Dempster family to Ireland


Some of the Dempster family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Dempster family to the New World and Oceana


The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Dempster:

Dempster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jane Dempster who settled in Barbados in 1679

Dempster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Dempster, aged 18, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Lilly Dempster, aged 16, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Dempster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Dempster, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Alex, Blakley, James, John, Lilly, Robert, Samuel and William Dempster, all, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1775 and 1868
  • John Dempster, who landed in Arkansas in 1894 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Dempster Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • H. Dempster, aged 24 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Royalist" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 24)

Dempster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Dempster, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  • William Dempster, aged 22, a weaver, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Archibald Dempster, aged 36, a weaver, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • John Dempster, aged 45, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • James Dempster, aged 16, a weaver, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dempster (post 1700)


  • George Roby Dempster (1887-1964), American industrialist, founder of Dempster Brothers Construction Company, inventor of the Dempster-Dumpster
  • Stuart Dempster (b. 1936), American trombonist, didjeridu player, improvisor, and composer
  • Carol Dempster (1901-1991), American film actress of the silent film era
  • George Dempster (1732-1818), Scottish lawyer and member of Parliament
  • John "Jocky" Dempster (b. 1948), Scottish former professional footballer
  • Corporal William John Duncan Dempster (1876-1964), Welsh-born, Canadian member of the North-West Mounted Police in the Yukon Territory, "the best trail man in the Yukon"; he led the expedition to successfully find the Lost Patrol in 1910, eponym of Dempster Highway, Yukon
  • Charles Edward Dempster (1839-1907), Australian politician in Western Australia
  • Hugh Dempster (1900-1987), British theatre and film actor
  • Nigel Richard Patton Dempster (1941-2007), British journalist, author, broadcaster and diarist
  • John Dempster (b. 1983), English footballer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Dempster family



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Herbert James Dempster (1921-1941), Australian Stoker from Burnley, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

The Dempster 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: Fortier et strenue
Motto Translation: Boldly and earnestly.


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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 24)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  4. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

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