Hempsill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hempsill was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Hempsill family lived in Galston, in the county of Ayrshire. [1]

Early Origins of the Hempsill family

The surname Hempsill 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 Hempsill family

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

Hempsill Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Hempsill has appeared as Hemphill, Hempill, Hempsill, Hempshall, Hemshall and many more.

Early Notables of the Hempsill 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 Hempsill family to Ireland

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

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. 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 Hempsill 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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