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Gourlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms




Early Origins of the Gourlay family


The surname Gourlay was first found in Lothian, 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 Gourlay family


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Gourlay Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Gourlay, Gurley, Gourley, Gourlie and others.

Early Notables of the Gourlay family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gourlay family to Ireland


Some of the Gourlay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Gourlay family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gourlay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Gourlay, who arrived in America in 1679 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Gourlay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Gourlay, who arrived in America in 1773 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Alexander Gourlay, who landed in New York in 1795 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Thomas Gourlay, who landed in New York in 1799 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Gourlay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Gourlay, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1832

Gourlay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Gourlay, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm
  • Andrew Gourlay, aged 25, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm
  • Margaret Gourlay, aged 29, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm

Gourlay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Gourlay a blacksmith, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • James Gourlay, aged 46, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856

Contemporary Notables of the name Gourlay (post 1700)


  • Janet A. Gourlay (1863-1912), Scottish Egyptologist
  • Harry Philip Heggie Gourlay (1916-1987), Scottish Labour Party politician from 1959 to 1987
  • Robert Gourlay (1778-1863), Scottish-Canadian writer, political reform activist, and agriculturalist
  • General Sir Basil Ian Spencer Gourlay KCB, CVO, OBE, MC (1920-2013), British Royal Marines officer, Commandant General Royal Marines (1971-1975)
  • Henry Gourlay (1895-1970), New Zealand cricket umpire
  • John Bell Gourlay (1872-1949), Canadian gold medalist soccer player at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • Brigadier Kenneth Ian Gourlay (1891-1970), British Commanding Officer British Troops on Bermuda (1937) [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 5) Kenneth Gourlay. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Gourlay/Kenneth_Ian/Great_Britain.html
  • James Gourlay, British conductor and internationally renowned tuba soloist
  • Douglas MacLeod Gourlay (b. 1929), Canadian politician
  • Alastair Gourlay Biggar (1946-2016), Scotland international rugby union player who capped twelve times for Scotland

Historic Events for the Gourlay family



HMS Royal Oak

  • James Ross Graham Mcintosh Gourlay (1919-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

The Gourlay 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: Profunda cernit
Motto Translation: He comprehends profound things.


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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 5) Kenneth Gourlay. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Gourlay/Kenneth_Ian/Great_Britain.html
  4. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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