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Where did the English Lowther family come from? What is the English Lowther family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lowther family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lowther family history?

The name Lowther came to England with the ancestors of the Lowther family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Lowther family lived in Lowther, now in the civil parish in Eden District, Cumbria. Historically in Westmorland, Lowther was first recorded as Lauder c. 1175 and it thought to have been named from the River Lowther. [1] "It formerly contained a village of the same name, which was demolished in 1682, by Sir John Lowther, who soon afterwards built another, called New-town, where carpet and linen manufactories were established." [2] "Lowther Castle, the residence of the family of that name, stands majestically in a park of 600 acres, and combines the grand effect of a fortification with the splendour of a palace; the fabric is modern, having been commenced in 1802, upon the site of the ancient Hall, which was nearly destroyed by fire in 1720. " [2]

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Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Lowther, Louder, Lowder, Louther and others.

First found in Westmorland, an area in the North East of England (now part of Cumbria,) where the family is "eminently a knightly family, traced by Brydges to Sir Gervase de Lowther, living in the reign of Henry III. Other authorities make Sir Hugh de Lowther, knight for this county, in the 28th of Edward I., as the first recorded ancestor; his great-grandson was at Agincourt in 1415." [3]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lowther research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1215, 1583, 1659, 1626, 1640, 1605, 1675, 1628, 1660, 1628, 1668, 1641, 1693, 1655, 1700, 1696, 1692, 1713 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Lowther History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 241 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lowther Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Lowther family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Lowther or a variant listed above:

Lowther Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Lowther settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Wm Lowther, aged 24, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Margaret Lowther, who landed in Maryland in 1671
  • Thomas Lowther settled in Jamaica in 1679
  • Luke Lowther settled in Barbados in 1679


Lowther Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Lowther, who arrived in New England in 1768
  • Henry Lowther, who landed in New York, NY in 1797

Lowther Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Lowther settled in New York in 1804
  • Joseph Lowther, aged 24, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Thomas Lowther, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826
  • Rober Lowther, aged 45, arrived in Missouri in 1840

Lowther Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Hannah Lowther arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Amity Hall" in 1850
  • Arthur Lowther arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Petrel" in 1851
  • Robert Lowther, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Ellen Lowther, aged 28, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • Cornelius Lowther, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Storm Cloud"


Lowther Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Mr Lowther landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • George Lowther arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • St George Lowther landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1843

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  • George F. Lowther (1913-1975), American radio script writer
  • Robert Carswell "Bobby" Lowther Sr., (1923-2015), the only two-sport All-American athlete at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Colonel Claude William Henry Lowther (1872-1929), English Conservative politician
  • Lancelot Edward Lowther (1867-1953), English military officer, Deputy Lieutenant of Cumberland (1891-) and Westmorland (1892-), succeeded as 6th Earl of Lonsdale in 1944
  • Sir Thomas Lowther (1699-1745), 2nd Baronet, English landowner
  • Anthony Edward Lowther DL, JP (1896-1949), Viscount Lowther, English courtier and soldier, Page of Honour (1908-1913), Lord Lieutenant of Westmorland (1939-1945)
  • Major Christopher William Lowther (1887-1935), Conservative MP for North Cumberland 19181921
  • James Hugh William Lowther (1922-2006), 7th Earl of Lonsdale
  • Henry Cecil Lowther (1790-1867), British Conservative politician and cricketer
  • James Lowther (1855-1949), 1st Viscount Ullswater, Conservative politician and Speaker of the House of Commons

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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: Magistratus indicat virum
Motto Translation: The magistracy shows the man.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Lowther Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lowther Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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