Gallery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Gallery family lived among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Gallery is a name for someone who lived in Galloway, Scotland, an area covering what is now the counties of Kircudbright and Wigtown.

Early Origins of the Gallery family

The surname Gallery was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Gallery family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gallery research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1430, 1632, 1405, 1606, 1551, 1626, 1551, 1576, 1580, 1581, 1606, 1607, 1610, 1615, 1619 and are included under the topic Early Gallery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gallery Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Gallery has been spelled Galloway, Gallaway, Gallway, Gallowey, Gallaraw, Gallowray, Gallery and many more.

Early Notables of the Gallery family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Patrick Galloway (1551?-1626?), Scottish divine, born about 1551. In 1576 he was appointed minister of the parishes of Foulis Easter and Longforgan, Perthshire. On 14 Nov, 1580 he was called to the Middle Church at Perth, and admitted on 24 April 1581. Galloway was popular as a preacher, and his services were sought in 1606 as...
Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gallery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Gallery family to Ireland

Some of the Gallery family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Gallery migration to the United States +

Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:

Gallery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James and Eliza Gallery who arrived in New York in 1811
  • Eliza Gallery, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • James Gallery, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]

Australia Gallery migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gallery Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Gallery, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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