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

The ancestors of the Glasgow family lived among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Glasgow is a name for someone who lived in the city of Glasgow on the river Clyde in the county of Renfrew (first recorded in 1116 as Glasgu), or from either of two minor places with the same name in Aberdeenshire. The origins of the place name are uncertain, it may come from the Welsh glas, or "gray," and cau, meaning "hollows."


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. Glasgow has been spelled Glassgow, Glasgow, Glassgaw and others.

First found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glasgow research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1258, 1299, and 1343 are included under the topic Early Glasgow History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Glasgow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Glasgow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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:

Glasgow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Glasgow, who landed in Antigua (Antego) in 1707-1708
  • Agnes Glasgow, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • James Glasgow, who arrived in South Carolina in 1769

Glasgow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Glasgow, aged 17, landed in Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Robert Glasgow, aged 25, landed in New York in 1835
  • Samuel M Glasgow, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1841

Glasgow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Adam Glasgow landed in Turakina, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Glasgow landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Glasgow landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Glasgow arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Robert Glasgow arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865


  • William Glasgow (1906-1972), American Academy Award nominated art director
  • Walter Glasgow (1957-1976), American silver medalist sailor at the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • James Glasgow (1735-1819), American politician from Maryland, the 1st North Carolina Secretary of State (1777 to 1798)
  • Chad Glasgow (b. 1972), American college football coach and former player
  • Hugh Glasgow (1769-1818), member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Scott Glasgow, American Hollywood based musical composer, best known for Spider-Man 2 (2004), The Gene Generation (2007) and The Skeleton Key (2005)
  • Nesby Lee Glasgow (b. 1957), former professional American NFL football safety
  • Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow (1873-1945), American Pulitzer Prize winning novelist for In This Our Life (1941)
  • Henry Bird "Harry" Glasgow (b. 1939), former Scottish football player and manager
  • Ronald "Ron" Glasgow, Scottish rugby union player



  • The Glasgow Family of Adams County, Ohio: A Genealogy of the Descendants of Robert Glasgow (1749-1839) and His Wife Rosanna of Bush Creek, Adams County, Ohio by David Faris.

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The Glasgow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Glasgow 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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