Glassford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Glassford family

The surname Glassford was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Glassford family

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Glassford Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Glassford, Glasford and others.

Early Notables of the Glassford family (pre 1700)

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United States Glassford migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glassford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Allan Glassford, aged 4, who immigrated to America from Glasgow, in 1904
  • Eliza Glassford, aged 27, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1904
  • Nora Glassford, aged 30, who immigrated to America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Saml. Glassford, aged 3, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • David Glassford, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Glassford migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glassford Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Glassford U.E. who settled in Osnabruck [South Stormont], Stormont County, Ontario c. 1784 [1]
  • Mr. John Glassford U.E. who settled in Matilda [South Dundas], Ontario c. 1784 [1]
  • Mr. Lytle Glassford U.E., "Lyttle" who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]
  • Mr. Paul Glassford U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]
  • Mr. Robert Glassford U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]
Glassford Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Hugh Glassford, aged 43, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1911
  • Jennie Glassford, aged 66, who immigrated to Sault St. Marie, Canada, in 1922

New Zealand Glassford migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Glassford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Glassford, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th August 1856 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Glassford (post 1700) +

  • James William "Bill" Glassford (1914-2016), American football player and coach who lived to be 102 years old
  • Vice Admiral William A. Glassford, U.S. Navy officer who served during World War II
  • Leo R. Glassford, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1920; Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from St. Clair County 2nd District, 1932 [3]
  • Albert Glassford, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 21st District, 1932 [3]
  • John Glassford (1715-1783), Scottish merchant of Glasgow, a tobacco merchant on a large scale, one of the original members of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce; he owned tobacco plantations in Virginia and Maryland
  • James Glassford (d. 1845), Scottish legal writer and traveller, son of John Glassford of Dougalston
  • John Glassford (b. 1946), retired English cricketer


  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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