Donwithy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Donwithy family
The surname Donwithy was first found in Dumfriesshire at Dinwoodie in the parish of Applegarth  where one of the first records of the name was Sir Alan de Dunwidi was listed as seneschal (a royal officer in charge of justice) of Annandale in the first quarter of the thirteenth century. Adam de Dunwidie witnessed a claim of lands (c. 1194-1214.) Years later, Alan Dinwoodie rendered homage in 1296 to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland. 
Early History of the Donwithy family
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Donwithy Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Dinwoodie, Dinwiddie, Dinswoodie, Dunwoodie, Dinwoody, Dinwiddy, Dinswoody, Dunwoody, Dinwoodey, Dinwiddey, Dunwordy, Dunswoodie, Dunswoody, Dunswoodey, Dimswoodie, Dimswoody, Dunswoddy, Dinswoddy, Dinswudy, Dimswudy, Dinwudy and many more.
Early Notables of the Donwithy family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Robert Dinwiddie (1639-1770), from Glasgow, was Lieutenant Governor of colonial Virginia from 1751 to 1758. Some claim that his actions in trying to protect the French expansion into the Ohio Country, an area held by the Ohio Company, of which he was a stockholder may have precipitated the French and Indian War. In 1753, he sent a young George Washington, aged 21 to warn the French to withdraw from their recently built Fort Presque Isle near Lake Erie. Washington was sent back with a letter to Dinwiddie informing him that he should raise...
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Migration of the Donwithy family to Ireland
Some of the Donwithy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Donwithy family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Dinwoodie, who descended from an early pioneer, and became Governor of Virginia 1751-1758 and was responsible for the annexation of the Ohio Valley into the North American settlement, later to become Ohio State in the United States of America..
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The Donwithy 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: Ubi Libertas Ibi Patrium
Motto Translation: Where liberty prevails there is my country.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)