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Where did the Scottish Drysdale family come from? What is the Scottish Drysdale family crest and coat of arms? When did the Drysdale family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Drysdale family history?

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


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.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drysdale research. Another 279 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1499 is included under the topic Early Drysdale History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Drysdale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Drysdale family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

Drysdale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Drysdale, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1808
  • Janet Drysdale, who arrived in New York in 1809
  • William Drysdale, who landed in America in 1850
  • A R L Drysdale, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1870

Drysdale Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Drysdale, who landed in Canada in 1815
  • James Drysdale, aged 52, a farmer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Christian Drysdale, aged 50, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Jas Drysdale, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • Robt Drysdale, who arrived in Canada in 1820

Drysdale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Drysdale, aged 23, a brickmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Ellen Drysdale, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879


  • Donald Scott "Don" Drysdale (1936-1993), American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Neil Drysdale (b. 1947), born in Haslemere, Surrey, England is an American based thoroughbred race horse trainer
  • Robert Drysdale (b. 1981), American-born, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and professional mixed martial artist
  • Eric Drysdale (b. 1969), American five-time Emmy Award winning writer for The Colbert Report and The Daily Show on Comedy Central
  • Rebecca Drysdale (b. 1978), American comedian, former member of the Second City Chicago E.T.C. cast
  • Taylor Drysdale (1914-1997), American competitive swimmer and swimming coach, inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (1994)
  • Mary Douglas Drysdale, American Interior Designer, founder of Drysdale Design Associates in 1980
  • David Drysdale (b. 1975), Scottish professional golfer
  • Daniel "Dan" Drysdale (1901-1987), Scottish international rugby union player
  • Cliff Drysdale (b. 1941), South African tennis champion, who held five singles titles and six doubles titles including winning the 1972 U.S. Open doubles crown



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The Drysdale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drysdale Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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