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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]


The surname Lowther was 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]

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lowther research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1215, 1588, 1593, 1583, 1659, 1626, 1640, 1605, 1675, 1628, 1660, 1628, 1668, 1641, 1693, 1655, 1700, 1696, 1692, 1713, 1723, 1589, 1660 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Lowther History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 283 words (20 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.


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 Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. William Lowther U.E. who settled in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Penobscot Association

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


  • Robert Carswell "Bobby" Lowther Sr., (1923-2015), the only two-sport All-American athlete at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • George F. Lowther (1913-1975), American radio script writer
  • Anthony Edward Lowther DL, JP (1896-1949), Viscount Lowther, English courtier and soldier, Page of Honour (1908-1913), Lord Lieutenant of Westmorland (1939-1945)
  • Sir Thomas Lowther (1699-1745), 2nd Baronet, English landowner
  • Lancelot Edward Lowther (1867-1953), English military officer, Deputy Lieutenant of Cumberland (1891-) and Westmorland (1892-), succeeded as 6th Earl of Lonsdale in 1944
  • Colonel Claude William Henry Lowther (1872-1929), English Conservative politician
  • Mr. James Lowther (d. 1941), British Ship write 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • James Lowther (1736-1802), British peer, created 1st Earl of Lonsdale in 1784
  • Patricia Louise Lowther (1935-1975), Canadian poet
  • Sir John Henry Lowther (1793-1868), 2nd Baronet, Tory MP in the British Parliament



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. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. 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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