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Where did the Scottish Lowther family come from? What is the Scottish 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 roots of the name Lowther are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Lowther was originally found in Lowther, now in the civil parish in Eden District, Cumbria. Formerly in Westmorland, Lowther was first recorded as Lauder c. 1175 and it thought to have been named from the River Lowther.  "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."  "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. " 
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Lowther has appeared as 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." 
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.
Another 241 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lowther Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:
Lowther Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Lowther Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Lowther Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Lowther Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Lowther Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
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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