Dounbar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Dounbar surname is derived from the name of the Barony of Dunbar on the North Sea coast near Edinburgh. The place name comes from the Gaelic words "dùn," meaning "a fort," and "barr," meaning "top," or "summit."
Early Origins of the Dounbar family
The surname Dounbar was first found in the barony of Dunbar in the Lothians where they held a family seat from very ancient times; ever since the 11th century, when Cospatrick was deprived of his Earldom of Northumberland by William the Conqueror, and fled to Scotland. There he was granted the lands of Dunbar and Lothian, Cumnock in Ayrshire, and Mochrum in Wigtown by Malcolm Ceanmore, the King of Scotland. Traditionally, the family descend from Crinan of Dunkeld, the Earl of Northumberland, ancestor of both King Duncan I (d. 1040) and the Earls Gospatrick, who were the later the Earls of March. Of this line, Patrick V, Earl of March (c.1285-1369) gave English King Edward II sanctuary at the fortress of Dunbar Castle following the Battle of Bannockburn. He was one of the Scottish nobles, who signed, the declaration of Scottish independence to the Pope dated at Arbroath on 6 April 1320. He was married to the infamous "Black Agnes," (Agnes Dunbar, 4th Countess of Moray), "that brawling boisterous Scottish wench" as an English balladeer had called her. In the Earl's absence, she held Dunbar castle for several months before succumbing to the overwhelming English army in 1337.
Important Dates for the Dounbar family
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Dounbar Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Dunbar, Dunbarr and others.
Early Notables of the Dounbar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dounbar family to Ireland
Some of the Dounbar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Dounbar family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexander Dunbarr who settled in Virginia in 1654; Jeremiah Dunbarr settled in Maryland in 1716; John Dunbarr settled in Virginia in 1716; William Dunbarr settled in St. Christopher in 1635.