The name Gamley is the product of a saga that began among the ancient Boernician
tribes of Scotland
. It is derived from the son of Amalghaidh,
(an old Irish personal name). The distinguished name Gamley is derived from the Gaelic name MacAmhalghaidh
and was generally found in Dumbartonshire
. Alternatively, the name could have come from the Gaelic name MacAmhlaibh
which means son of Amlaib
and in this case, the name was originally derived from the Norse King Olafr.
This latter branch was generally found in the Hebrides.
Early Origins of the Gamley family
The surname Gamley was first found in at Ardencaple, in Dumbartonshire
. Ardencaple "cape of the horses," was the ancestral home of the Lairds of Ardencaple and is located on the shores of the Gare Loch, in the historical district of Lennox
, county Dumbarton. They were one of the Clans of MacAlpine.
The history of the MacAulay Clan is particularly complex as there are two distinct branches, in addition to an infusion of MacAulays during the reign of Robert the Bruce. The name of Aulay, brother of the Earl of Lennox, is found on the Ragman Rolls, which confirms his pledge of allegiance to King Edward I of England. This branch entered into a bond of manrent with MacGregor of Glenstrae in 1591.
The second branch of this Clan is that of the MacAulays of the Isle of Lewis. These Clansmen claimed descent from Aula (Olaf the Black), who was a thirteenth-century king of the Isles. Their lands were traditional centered around Uig. This branch was probably related to the numerous MacAulays of Ross and Sutherland.
Finally, some members of a branch of the MacAulay Clann from Ireland were invited by Robert the Bruce to Scotland to help in his wars against the English. These last MacAulays may be ancient relatives to those of Ardincaple, Dumbartonshire. It was some while later that the MacAulays were first recognized as a Clan.
Early History of the Gamley family
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Gamley Spelling Variations
Spelling rules had not yet evolved in medieval Scotland
, some names dating from that era often appear many different ways. Some spelling variations
of Gamley include MacAuly, MacAwley, MacAuley, MacAullay, MacAulley, MacAwlay, MacCaulay, MacCawley, MacGawley, Magawley, Cauley, Caulay, McCamley and many more.
Early Notables of the Gamley family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was the 'MacCawlis' who appear on the roll of Broken Clans in 1595. Their fortunes fell, the last of their lands of... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gamley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gamley family to Ireland
Some of the Gamley family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gamley family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gamley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Gamley, aged 21, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Lysander.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Gamley (post 1700)
- Henry "Harry" Snell Gamley (1865-1928), Scottish sculptor specialising in war memorials and sculpture on tombs
- Douglas Gamley (1924-1998), Australian Academy Award nominated film composer, best known for his work on TRON (1982), Asylum (1972) and The City of the Dead (1960)
The Gamley Motto
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: Dulce Periculum
Motto Translation: Danger is sweet