Hempsal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Among the all the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Hempsal were the Strathclyde-Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in Galston, in the county of Ayrshire. [1]

Early Origins of the Hempsal family

The surname Hempsal was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, 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 Hempsal family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hempsal research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1689, 1704, 1741, 1716, 1718, 1630 and are included under the topic Early Hempsal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hempsal Spelling Variations

The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Hempsal has appeared as Hemphill, Hempill, Hempsill, Hempshall, Hemshall and many more.

Early Notables of the Hempsal family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Samuel Hemphill (d. 1741), Irish Presbyterian minister, a native of Ulster, and probably trained for the ministry in one of the Presbyterian academies in the north of Ireland. He appears to have entered at...
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Ireland Migration of the Hempsal family to Ireland

Some of the Hempsal family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hempsal family

As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: John Hemphill settled in New Jersey in 1792; Samuel Hemphill settled in Philadelphia in 1734; Alexander, Charles, Daniel, David, Henry, Hugh, James, Joseph, Robert, Samuel and William Hemphill all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..



The Hempsal 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: Constanter ac non timide
Motto Translation: With constancy, not timidity.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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