Although generally considered to be a Perthshire
family, the Loudoun surname is a habitational name derived from the place Loudoun near Cunningham in Ayrshire.
Early Origins of the Loudoun family
The surname Loudoun was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, 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 Loudoun family
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Loudoun Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Loudoun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Loudoun family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Loudoun Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Loudoun, and Peter Loudoun who settled in Jamaica in 1792
Contemporary Notables of the name Loudoun (post 1700)
- General Robert Loudoun,
- Donaldson Loudoun, Lawyer
The Loudoun 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: Non dormit qui custodit
Motto Translation: The sentinel sleeps not.