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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. [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]


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." [3]


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

  • 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


  • 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
  • Major Christopher William Lowther (1887-1935), Conservative MP for North Cumberland 19181921
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sir John Henry Lowther (1793-1868), 2nd Baronet, Tory MP in the British Parliament
  • Patricia Louise Lowther (1935-1975), Canadian poet



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. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  2. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. 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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