The western seacoast of Scotland
and the rugged Hebrides
islands made up the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada, the ancestral home of the Glassock family. Glassock is a name for a person with gray hair. The surname Glass is derived from the Gaelic word glas,
which means gray,
however, it may also be a shortened Anglicized form of the surname MacGille Glais,
which means son of the gray lad.
Early Origins of the Glassock family
The surname Glassock was first found in Buteshire
(Gaelic Siorrachd Bhòid), an island region of western Scotland
within the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, 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.
Early History of the Glassock family
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Glassock Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name Glassock include many spelling variations
. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Glass, Glas, MacGilleglas, Glasse and others.
Early Notables of the Glassock family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Glassock family to Ireland
Some of the Glassock family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 158 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 Glassock family to the New World and Oceana
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence
, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan
societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Glassocks to arrive in North America:
Glassock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Jean Glassock, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1912 aboard the ship "Carpathia" from Naples, Italy CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ1V-PZZ : 6 December 2014), Jean Glassock, 28 Aug 1912; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Carpathia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Arelian Glassock, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Hahatonka" from Tampico, Mexico CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66H-QZP : 6 December 2014), Arelian Glassock, 31 Oct 1920; citing departure port Tampico, Mexico, arrival port New York, ship name Hahatonka, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Glassock (post 1700)
- Craig Glassock (b. 1973), Australian cricketer who played four first-class and one List A match for New South Wales (1994-1995) and (1997-1998)
The Glassock 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 Translation: I struggle, but am not overwhelmed.