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laidlaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , Scottish


A Boernician family in ancient Scotland were the ancestors of those who first used the name laidlaw. They lived in Selkirk (now part of the region of Borders). They moved there from Laidlawstiel in Galashiels; however, it seems likely that Laidlawstiel was named after the family, not vice versa. The traditional view of the origin of the name is that it derives from the town of Ludlow, in Shropshire, with the name changing over time as the family migrated north into Scotland.


Early Origins of the laidlaw family


The surname laidlaw was first found in Selkirk, 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 laidlaw family


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laidlaw Spelling Variations


Spelling variations occur frequently in Scottish names that date from the medieval era. They result from a general lack of grammatical rules and the tendency to spell names according to sound. laidlaw has been spelled Laidlaw, Laidlay, Laidler, Laidley, Ladlyle and others.

Early Notables of the laidlaw family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the laidlaw family to the New World and Oceana


In the 20th century, the ancestors of many of those Boernician-Scottish people still populate North America. They distributed themselves on either side of the border at the time of the War of Independence. United Empire Loyalists went north to Canada and those who wanted a new nation stayed south. Both groups went on to found great nations. Some of the first North American settlers with laidlaw name or one of its variants:

laidlaw Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Laidlaw, an "emigrant in bondage," who arrived in America in 1750

laidlaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Laidlaw, who landed in America in 1820 [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)
  • John Laidlaw, who arrived in New York in 1820 [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 Laidlaw, who settled in Philadelphia in 1849

laidlaw Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Douglas Laidlaw, who arrived in Canda in 1790

laidlaw Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Laidlaw, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm
  • William Laidlaw, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AMAZON 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/amazon1852.shtml
  • John Laidlaw, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.
  • Walter Laidlaw, aged 29, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.
  • Thomas Laidlaw, aged 35, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"

laidlaw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Laidlaw, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880

Contemporary Notables of the name laidlaw (post 1700)


  • Marc Laidlaw (b. 1960), American writer of science fiction and horror
  • Robert Scott Laidlaw (b. 1953), former American NFL running back who played for the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants
  • Ethan Laidlaw (1899-1963), American film actor who appeared in more than 350 films between 1923 and 1962
  • William Grant Laidlaw (1840-1908), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New York 34th District, 1887-91 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • William A. Laidlaw, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from St. Lawrence County 1st District, 1922-24 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Michael Laidlaw, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • William Laidlaw (1780-1847), close friend of Sir Walter Scott, he and another close friend transcribed from Scott's dictation most of "Bride of Lammermoor", "The Legend of Montose" and nearly all of "Ivanhoe"
  • Daniel Logan Laidlaw VC (1875-1950), Scottish piper who continued playing his pipes even after he was wounded, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Irvine Alan Stewart Laidlaw (b. 1942), Baron Laidlaw, a Scottish businessman, former member of the House of Lords, one of the wealthiest people in the UK
  • Alexander Smith "Alex" Laidlaw (1877-1933), Scottish rugby union player
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AMAZON 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/amazon1852.shtml
  4. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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