Show ContentsEglesghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The story of the Eglesghan family is rich with Scottish history. It begins in the ancient kingdom of Dalriada where Eglesghan evolved as a name for some who lived in the old Barony of Eaglesham in the county of Renfrew (now part of the Strathclyde region), Scotland. Here we find the following early entries: "Dominus Robertus de Heiglssam, chaplain, who witnessed a confirmation by Alexander filius Walteri of his father's gifts to the church of Paisley in 1239. Barthelmeu de Egglesham, chapeleyn, was warden of the New Place of Seneware (Sanquhar) in the county of Dunfres in 1296. William de Eglisham, rector of the church of Dunbarny in 1300, reappears as William de Egglisham, archdeacon of Lothian in 1316 and in 1323 as official of St. Andrews." [1]

Early Origins of the Eglesghan family

The surname Eglesghan was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland.

Early History of the Eglesghan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eglesghan research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1239, 1200, 1296, 1300, 1323, 1335, 1616, 1612, 1642 and 1616 are included under the topic Early Eglesghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eglesghan Spelling Variations

Historical recordings of the name Eglesghan include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Eaglesham, Eagleson, Egglesham, Eglischane and others.

Early Notables of the Eglesghan family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was George Eglisham (fl. 1612-1642), a Scottish physician and poet who was introduced at the age of three to the favourable notice of James VI...
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Migration of the Eglesghan family

Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Eglesghans to arrive on North American shores: Mr. Eagleson landed in Boston Massachusetts in 1768.



  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)


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