The annals of Scottish history reveal that Dinsmuir was first used as a name by ancestors of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland
. The Dinsmuir family lived on the lands of Dundemore in Fife
where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Dinsmuir family
The surname Dinsmuir was first found in Fife
, in the territories of Dundemore, near Lindores. One of the first records of the name was Henry de Dundemore who witnessed a confirmation charter by John, Earl of Huntigdoun of land in Kynalchmund to the Abbey of Arboirath c. 1219 and later witnessed another charter by the same earl granting lands of Lundors to the monks of Lindores (c.1232-1237.) CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
In 1296, the Ragman Rolls listed Patrik de Dundemor and William de Dundemor as landholders in Fife.
Early History of the Dinsmuir family
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Dinsmuir Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations
are common among Scottish names. Dinsmuir has been spelled Dinsmore, Dinsmuir, Dunsmore, Dansmore, Dunmuir and many more.
Early Notables of the Dinsmuir family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dinsmuir family to Ireland
Some of the Dinsmuir family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 97 words (7 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 Dinsmuir family to the New World and Oceana
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence
. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan
societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Dinsmuir: James Dunsmore who settled in New England
in 1652. Dunsmore of Virginia represented the colony in 1772. William Dunsmore settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1872.
The Dinsmuir 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: Spes anchora tuta
Motto Translation: Hope is a safe anchor.