Eglinton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Eglinton family
The surname Eglinton was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Eglinton Castle was a large Gothic castellated mansion in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire, Scotland. Built before 1528, it was the ancient family seat of the Earls of Eglinton. Unfortunately, over the years, it fell into ruin and was abandoned in 1925. One tower survives today.
Early History of the Eglinton family
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Eglinton Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Eglinton, Eglington, Egglinton and others.
Early Notables of the Eglinton family (pre 1700)
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Eglinton migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Eglinton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Eglinton, who settled in Maryland in 1720
Eglinton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Eglinton, who settled in Philadelphia in 1848
Eglinton migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Eglinton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Robert Eglinton, aged 28, a blacksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion" 
- Andrew Eglinton, aged 37, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" 
Eglinton 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:
Eglinton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Benjamin Eglinton, aged 32, a farm labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- Eliza Eglinton, aged 32, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- John Eglinton, aged 5, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- Henry Eglinton, aged 2, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- Mr. Benjamin Eglinton, (b. 1808), aged 32, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 25th January 1841, he died in 1874 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Eglinton (post 1700) +
- Timothy Ian Eglinton FRS, British professor of biogeoscience at the Geological Institute, ETH Zürich, son of Geoffrey Eglinton
- William Eglinton (1857-1933), British spiritualist medium who was exposed as a fraud
- Geoffrey Eglinton FRS (b. 1927), British chemist and Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow in Earth Sciences at Bristol University
Historic Events for the Eglinton family +
- Mr. Percy William James Eglinton (b. 1918), English Signalman from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking 
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