Edmonstone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the proud Boernician clans of the Scottish-English border region comes the name Edmonstone. It is derived from the personal name Edmond. Edmonstone is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronyms were formed by a son using his father's personal name as a surname. Others were taken from the names of important religious and secular figures. Members of the Edmonstone family settled in Scotland, just following the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066.

Early Origins of the Edmonstone family

The surname Edmonstone was first found in Edinburghshire, a former county, now part of the Midlothian council area where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Queen Margaret of Scotland. They take their name from the place name Edmondstone, the tun of Eadmund, near Edinburgh. The name may have been derived from Aedmund filius Forn, one of the witnesses to a charter by Thor filius Swani (c. 1150)[1]

Early History of the Edmonstone family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edmonstone research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1070, 1560, 1607, 1659, 1622, 1627, 1712, 1640, 1627, 1712 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Edmonstone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Edmonstone Spelling Variations

Spelling rules only evolved in the last few centuries with the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries. Spelling variations are extremely common in names from before that period. Edmonstone has been spelled Edmondson, Edmonson, Edminson, Edminston, Edmiston, Edmeston, Edmondon and many more.

Early Notables of the Edmonstone family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Henry Edmondson (1607-1659), an English schoolmaster, entered Queen's College, Oxford in 1622 aged 15. William Edmundson (1627-1712), was an English Quaker whose father was a wealthy yeoman, was born...
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Edmonstone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Edmonstone family to Ireland

Some of the Edmonstone family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 91 words (6 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 Edmonstone family

After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North America. When the War of Independence broke out, United Empire Loyalists moved north to Canada while the rest stayed to fight. The ancestors of many of these Scots still populate the continent. This century, through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations, they began to rediscover their collective national heritage. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Edmonstone or a variant listed above: Francis Edmonson arrived in Philadelphia in 1796; followed by George Edmonson in 1856; Robert Edmonton arrived in Philadelphia in 1853.

Contemporary Notables of the name Edmonstone (post 1700) +

  • Sir Archibald Edmonstone (1795-1871), 3rd Baronet, Scottish traveler and writer, eldest son of Sir Charles Edmonstone, second baronet of Duntreath, Stirlingshire [2]
  • Admiral Sir William Edmonstone CB, DL (1810-1888), 4th Baronet, Scottish naval commander, courtier and politician
  • Sir Archibald Edmonstone (b. 1934), 7th Baronet, Scottish baronet
  • Sir Archibald Edmonstone (1867-1954), 5th Baronet, Scottish baronet
  • Sir Archibald Edmonstone (1717-1807), 1st Baronet, Scottish MP
  • Sir Charles Edmonstone (1764-1821), 2nd Baronet, Scottish politician
  • Neil Benjamin Edmonstone (1765-1841), British member of the supreme council in India, director of the East India Company, father of Sir George Edmonstone [2]
  • Sir George Frederick Edmonstone (1813-1864), Calcutta-born, British administrator in India, Lieutenant Governor of the North-Western Provinces (1859–1863) [2]
  • Sir Archibald Charles Edmonstone (1894-1954), 6th Baronet
  • Susan Edmonstone Ferrier (1782-1854), Scottish novelist, born at Edinburgh 7 Sept. 1782, the youngest of ten children (six sons and four daughters) of James Ferrier, writer to the signet, by his wife, Helen (Coutts), daughter of a farmer in Kincardineshire [2]

The Edmonstone 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: Virtus auget honorem
Motto Translation: Virtue increases honour.

  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. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020

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