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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Mollison, Molison, Mollyson, Molleson and others.

First found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mollison research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the year 1589 is included under the topic Early Mollison History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mollison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Mollison, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • W. K. Mollison, aged 32, who arrived in America, in 1893

Mollison Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • John Mollison, aged 32, who arrived in America from Arbroath, Scotland, in 1907
  • Jeanie A. Mollison, aged 28, who arrived in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1908
  • James Bain Mollison, aged 35, who arrived in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1910
  • Adam Mollison, aged 23, who arrived in America from Arbroath, Scotland, in 1910
  • Allan Mollison, aged 28, who arrived in America from Condorral, Scotland, in 1911


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  • Irvin Charles Mollison (1898-1962), American jurist, Judge for the United States Customs Court (1945-1962)
  • Brigadier-General James Alexander Mollison (1897-1970), American Vice Administrator for Staff Operations, War Assets Administration (1946-1948)
  • Willis Elbert Mollison, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 1908
  • Edward Mollison, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 2nd District, 1910
  • James Allan "Jim" Mollison (1905-1959), Scottish pioneering airplane pilot
  • Henry Mollison (1905-1985), British film actor, brother of Clifford Mollison
  • Crawford "Derek" Mollison (1901-1943), Australian rules footballer
  • Deborah Mollison (b. 1958), British composer and songwriter
  • F Iona Mollison (b. 1954), British television and theatre actress
  • James Mollison AO (b. 1931), Australian acting director of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) from 1971 to 1977

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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: Fax mentis honestae gloria
Motto Translation: Glory is the light of a noble mind.

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  1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  9. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  10. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
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The Mollison Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mollison 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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