Epircrombay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The story of the Epircrombay family begins in ancient Scotland among the Pictish clans. The Epircrombay family lived in Fife from a place named Abercrombie (earlier Abarcrumbach), which is of Pictish origin, meaning "a place on the bendy river."

Early Origins of the Epircrombay family

The surname Epircrombay was first found in the county of Fifeshire (Gaelic: Fìobh), in southeastern Scotland; an ancient Pictish kingdom, known as Fib, and still commonly known as the Kingdom of Fife. Arguably, the first mention of the Clan was in the Ulster Chronicle as one of the clans that King Malcolm Ceanmore took north to quell the claims of MacBeth for the throne of Scotland in 1057.

Today, Abercrombie, or St. Monan's, is a parish, in the district of St. Andrew's.

Important Dates for the Epircrombay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Epircrombay research. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1734, 1801, 1456, 1895, 1561, 1561, 1534, 1613, 1603, 1684, 1702, 1656 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Epircrombay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Epircrombay Spelling Variations

Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Epircrombay has appeared Abercrumby, Abircrumby, Abbircummy, Abbircromby, Abircombie, Abircromy, Abircrommbie, Abircromby, Abircrumme, Abircrumbye, Abercrombie, Abercromby, Abyrcrumby, Abyrcrumbie, Abbercrumbie, Abbercrommie, Ebercrombie and many more.

Early Notables of the Epircrombay family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was John Abercromby (d. 1561), Scottish monk of the Order of St. Benedict, a staunch opponent of the doctrines of the Reformation, and on that account was condemned to death and executed about the year 1561. [1] Robert Abercromby (1534-1613), a Scotch Jesuit, who, after entering the order, spent twenty-three years in assisting Catholics abroad, and nineteen years on the Scotch mission...
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Epircrombay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Epircrombay family

Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Epircrombay name: Hugh Abercrombie who arrived in Charles Town in South Carolina in 1772; John in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1778; Mary in Maryland in 1775; John Abercromby in Jamaica in 1716.

Citations

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
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