Show ContentsGlendinning History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Glendinning surname was taken on from the place name Glendonwyne, a parish of Westerkirk, Dumfriesshire, on record since the 13th century. [1] [2] The name literally means "one who came from Glendinning (glen of the fair hill)." [3]

Early Origins of the Glendinning family

The surname Glendinning was first found in Dumfriesshire. "Douglas (Baronage) states that a charter was granted by John Macgill of that Ilk (de eodem) to Adam de Glendonwyn of all his part of the lands and beronies of Clifton and Merbotel in the shire of Roxburgh prior to 1286." [4]

Continuing from this source: "In 1313 Sir Adam obtained a discharge of all bygone feu-duties from Archibald Douglas, lord of Galloway, and in 1398 John of Glendonwyne and Symoun of Glendonwyne were two of the 'borowis' for the earl of Douglas's bounds of the West March, and Symon of Glendonwyn was hostage for Archibald, Earl of Douglas, 1408." [4]

The Glenday (Glendy) variant is "a common name in Angus from the district of that name. William Glendy obtained a decree against the Earl of Craufurd in 1569." [4]

Early History of the Glendinning family

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Glendinning Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Glendinning, Glendowyn, Glendowyne, Glendonyn, Glendonwyn, Glendening, Glendon, Glenden, Glendin, Glendining, Glendinnin, Glendyning, Glendounn, Clendenning, Clendinning and many more.

Early Notables of the Glendinning family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Matthew de Glendonwyn (d. 1408), late 14th and early 15th century bishop of Glasgow, elected to the see after the death of Cardinal Walter Wardlaw, his predecessor as bishop, elected sometime between Wardlaw's death in September and Matthew's first appearance as bishop-elect in December, consecrated some months after his election...
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Ireland Migration of the Glendinning family to Ireland

Some of the Glendinning family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Glendinning migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glendinning Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Glendinning, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [5]
Glendinning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Glendinning, who landed in America in 1836 [5]
  • Robert Glendinning, who settled in Philadelphia in 1838
  • William Glendinning, who settled in New York State in 1850
  • William Glendinning, who landed in California in 1877 [5]

Australia Glendinning migration to Australia +

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

Glendinning Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Glendinning 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:

Glendinning Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Andrew Glendinning, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd September 1860 [7]
  • David Glendinning, aged 32, a carpenter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [8]
  • Agnes Glendinning, aged 4, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [8]

West Indies Glendinning migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [9]
Glendinning Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Agnes Glendinning, who settled in Barbados in 1663

Contemporary Notables of the name Glendinning (post 1700) +

  • Chellis Glendinning (b. 1947), American author and political activist
  • G. G. Glendinning, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 14th District, 1917-18 [10]
  • James Glendinning (1849-1929), Canadian farmer and politician who represented Ontario North in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1890 to 1894
  • Robert Graham Glendinning PC (1844-1928), Northern Irish politician, Member of Parliament for North Antrim (1906-1910)
  • Simon Glendinning (b. 1964), English philosopher in the European Institute at the London School of Economics
  • The Hon. Victoria Glendinning CBE (b. 1937), British biographer, critic, broadcaster and novelist, awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize
  • Ross William Glendinning (b. 1956), former Australian rules footballer, eponym of the Ross Glendinning Medal
  • Alan Glendinning (b. 1956), Canadian former NHL ice hockey defenceman and head coach of the Merritt Centennials
  • Mark Glendinning (b. 1970), Northern Irish footballer

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. C Glendinning, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [11]

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  10. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from
  11. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook