Drysdale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The roots of the name Drysdale are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Drysdale was originally found in Dumfriesshire.

Early Origins of the Drysdale family

The surname Drysdale was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area. Specifically, the family claims descent from Dryfesdale, a civil parish in Annandale. [1]

The "dale" takes its name from the river Dryfe, commonly known as Dryfe Water. Lockerbie falls within the civil parish of Dryfesdale and is generally believed to have been an ancient Viking village c. 900. "There is also a Roman work situated upon an eminence in the centre of the extensive holm of Dryfe and Annan, and which is called Gallaberry, or the station of the Gauls. The most perfect relic of this kind, however, is the British fort at Dryfesdale-gate, occupying two acres of ground, and the counterpart of which is a large Roman work, about half a mile due east, separated only by a moor, on which a bloody battle was fought between the army of Julius Agricola and the forces of Corbredus Galdus, the Scottish king" [2]

The Church of Dryfesdale was dedicated to St Cuthbert in 1116. One of the first records of the name was Gawine Dryfesdale and John Dryesdale in 1499 "for thare being aganis the Kingis hienes in the battell and feyld committit besyde Striuelin one Sanct Barnabeis day." [1]

Important Dates for the Drysdale family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drysdale research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Drysdale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Drysdale Spelling Variations

In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Drysdale has appeared as Drysdale, Drisedale and others.

Early Notables of the Drysdale family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Drysdale family to Ireland

Some of the Drysdale family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Drysdale migration to the United States

The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:

Drysdale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Drysdale who landed in Massachusetts in 1764
  • Ellen Drysdale, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1784 [3]
Drysdale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Drysdale, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1808 [3]
  • Janet Drysdale, who arrived in New York in 1809 [3]
  • William Drysdale, who landed in America in 1850 [3]
  • A R L Drysdale, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1870 [3]

Drysdale migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drysdale Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Drysdale, who landed in Canada in 1815
  • James Drysdale, aged 52, a farmer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Christian Drysdale, aged 50, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • James Drysdale, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • Robert Drysdale, who arrived in Canada in 1820

Drysdale migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Drysdale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Drysdale, Scottish settler from Stirling travelling from Leith aboard the ship 'Melbourne' arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 18th March 1861 [4]
  • Miss Margaret Drysdale, (b. 1842), aged 21, Scottish domestic servant from Linlithgow travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [5]
  • Mr. Drysdale, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Invercargill" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 15th October 1874 [4]
  • Miss Anne Drysdale, (b. 1958), aged 18, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Pomona" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1876 [5]
  • James Drysdale, aged 23, a brickmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Drysdale (post 1700)

  • Donald Scott "Don" Drysdale (1936-1993), American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Mary Douglas Drysdale, American Interior Designer, founder of Drysdale Design Associates in 1980
  • Taylor Drysdale (1914-1997), American competitive swimmer and swimming coach, inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (1994)
  • Rebecca Drysdale (b. 1978), American comedian, former member of the Second City Chicago E.T.C. cast
  • Eric Drysdale (b. 1969), American five-time Emmy Award winning writer for The Colbert Report and The Daily Show on Comedy Central
  • Robert Drysdale (b. 1981), American-born, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and professional mixed martial artist
  • Neil Drysdale (b. 1947), born in Haslemere, Surrey, England is an American based thoroughbred race horse trainer
  • Daniel "Dan" Drysdale (1901-1987), Scottish international rugby union player
  • David Drysdale (b. 1975), Scottish professional golfer
  • John Gordon Stewart Drysdale (d. 2016), British-born army officer, diplomat, writer, historian, publisher, and businessman
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Drysdale family

Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Evelyn  Drysdale (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Mrs. Catherine A.  Drysdale (1892-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [6]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
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