Lowrie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lowrie family

The surname Lowrie was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area. "Laurieston in the parish of Balmaghie, stewartry of Kirkcudbright takes its name from William Kennedy Laurie, Esq., proprietor of the lands on which it is built, near Lochinbren, a sheet of water abounding with trout. " [1]

There are two other places named Laurieston in Scotland: an ecclesiastical district, within the jurisdiction of the city of Glasgow; and in the parish of Falkirk, county of Stirlinge village. Of the former, we can find no notes about the origin; of the latter, it was derived from "the name of Laurencetoun, of which its present appellation is a contraction." [1]

"This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Lawrence.' In the Lowlands and on the Borders, popularly Lowrie or Laurie, whence the many North English and Scottish variations of this name. " [2]

"The name has been also explained, with still less probability; as from Scots lowrie, 'foxy'. The name of Gavin Lawrie, governor of New Jersey during the colonial period, is spelled in a letter quoted in The Haigs of Bemersyde as Lowry.' [3]

"Hence 'Lowrie-like,' having the crafty look of a fox. The full name Lawrence was also applied to the fox, proving that Lowry and Lawry are the true offspring of the name." [2]

Important Dates for the Lowrie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lowrie research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1687, 1683, 1686, 1677, 1671, 1677, 1669, 1640, 1653 and are included under the topic Early Lowrie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lowrie Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lawrie, Laurie, Larrie, Larry, Laurie, Laury, Lawry, Lowrie and many more.

Early Notables of the Lowrie family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Robert Laurie of Maxwelltown; Gawen Lawrie (died 1687), 2nd Deputy Governor of East New Jersey (1683-1686); Robert Laurie (died 1677), Church of Scotland prelate...
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Migration of the Lowrie family to Ireland

Some of the Lowrie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Lowrie migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lowrie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alexander Lowrie, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1774
  • Walter Lowrie, who landed in America in 1792 [4]
Lowrie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Lowrie, aged 28, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [4]
  • Alexander Lowrie, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839 [4]
  • J Lowrie, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]

Lowrie migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lowrie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Lowrie, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [5]
  • Ann Lowrie, aged 38, a laundress, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • David Lowrie, aged 36, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"
  • John Lowrie, aged 15, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"

Lowrie migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lowrie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Lowrie, aged 15, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Phillip Lowrie, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
  • Mr. Joseph Lowrie, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd September 1860 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lowrie (post 1700)

  • Walter Lowrie (1784-1868), American politician, US senator from Pennsylvania
  • Matthew B. Lowrie (1773-1850), American politician, mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • John Patrick Lowrie (b. 1952), American voice actor
  • Jed Lowrie (b. 1984), American Major League Baseball infielder for the Boston Red Sox
  • Donald Lowrie (d. 1925), American newspaper writer, best remembered four his book "My Life in Prison"
  • William Lowrie (1857-1933), Australian agricultural educationist
  • Jason Lowrie, New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • Henry Berry Lowrie (1844-1872), North Carolina outlaw
  • George Lowrie (1919-1989), Welsh footballer
  • Allen Lowrie, Australian botanist

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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