In the ancient Scottish-English border region, the ancestors of the name Linens lived among the Boernicians
. They lived in Logan, near Auchinleck. These place names derive from the Gaelic word lagan,
meaning "a hollow."
Early Origins of the Linens family
The surname Linens was first found in Ayrshire
where they first appeared in the records in the village of Logan in 1204. A number of Logans swore an oath of allegiance to Edward I
when he conquered Scotland
in 1296: Thurbrend Logan (Lord of Crougar), Lord of Crougar in Cunningham; Phillip Logan of Montrose; Walter Logan of Lanarkshire; and Andrew Logan of Wigtown
. In 1329, Sir Robert Logan and Sir Walter Logan were killed in Spain
while accompanying Sir James Douglas to the Holy Land with the heart of Bruce (thus the Clan's Crest). They were attempting to fulfill Robert the Bruce's request to have his heart buried in the Holy Land.
Early History of the Linens family
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Linens Spelling Variations
Spelling rules only evolved in the last few centuries with the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries. Spelling variations
are extremely common in names from before that period. Linens has been spelled Logan, Loggan, Loganaich, MacLennan and many more.
Early Notables of the Linens family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Linens family to Ireland
Some of the Linens family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 253 words (18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Linens family to the New World and Oceana
After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North America. When the War of Independence
broke out, United Empire Loyalists moved north to Canada while the rest stayed to fight. The ancestors of many of these Scots still populate the continent. This century, through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations, they began to rediscover their collective national heritage. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Linens or a variant listed above: David Logan who settled in Virginia in 1740; John Logan with his wife and two children settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765; Andrew, Bernard, David, George, Hugh, James, John, Patrick, Robert, Samuel and William Logan, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
The Linens 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: Hoc majorum virtus
Motto Translation: This is the valour of my ancestors.