Montgomerie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Montgomerie family name comes originally from a place name in Normandy, such as Saint Foi de Montgomery. The name made its way to Scotland with the Normans, where it became Mac Gumaraid, in Gaelic.

Early Origins of the Montgomerie family

The surname Montgomerie was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they were granted lands by Malcolm Canmore, King of Scotland.

The manor of Eaglesham became the Clan seat of the family for many centuries. Looking further back, we found Roger de Montgomery (died 1093?), who came from the Castle of Sainte Foi de Montgomery, in Lissieux, Normandy, arrived in England with William the Conqueror. [1]

Soon after the Battle of Hastings, Roger was granted lands on the Welsh Border in the County which later took his name, Montgomeryshire. However, Roger's grandson, Robert de Montgomery went to Scotland with Walter FizAlan, also of the Welsh border country, who became high Steward of Scotland and some claim the progenitor of the great Stewart Clan.

Although Normandy has so far been established as the origin of this family, a family legend related in a poem places their origin earlier, perhaps, even to Roman times: "A noble Roman was the Root, from which Montgomeries came, Who brought his legions from the war, and settled the same. Upon a hill twixt Rome and Spain. Gomericus by name; from which he and his offspring do their sire name still retain."

Early History of the Montgomerie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montgomerie research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1177, 1449, 1507, 1470, 1449, 1460, 1545, 1508, 1556, 1610, 1694, 1623, 1663, 1642, 1661, 1649, 1667, 1722, 1713, 1722, 1718, 1700, 1761, 1733, 1726, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Montgomerie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Montgomerie Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Montgomery, Mongomery, Montgomerie, Mungummery and many more.

Early Notables of the Montgomerie family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Alexander Montgomerie (c.1556-1610), Scottish Poet Laureate in the service of King James VI of Scotland best remembered for his allegorical poem 'The Cherrie and the Slae'; Sir James Montgomery, 4th Baronet (died 1694), the tenth laird of Skelmorlie, leader of the Montgomery Plot, a Jacobite scheme to restore King James VII...
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Montgomerie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Montgomerie family to Ireland

Some of the Montgomerie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 175 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Montgomerie migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Montgomerie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Montgomerie, who settled in New Jersey in 1701
  • William Montgomerie, who landed in New Jersey in 1701 [2]
  • Robert Wilson Montgomerie, who arrived in Virginia in 1775 [2]
  • Thomas Montgomerie, who arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1787
Montgomerie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Montgomerie, who settled in Trinidad in 1800
  • Hugh Montgomerie, who landed in Virginia in 1820 [2]
Montgomerie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. J. L. Montgomerie, aged 30, who immigrated to America from Addingston, Scotland, in 1907
  • Christina Montgomerie, aged 27, who settled in America from Kilbirnie, Scotland, in 1909
  • Esther Montgomerie, aged 34, who landed in America from Perth, Scotland, in 1911
  • John L. Montgomerie, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from Perth, Scotland, in 1911
  • Robert Montgomerie, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Kilbernie, Scotland, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Montgomerie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Montgomerie Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Alexander Montgomerie, aged 40, who settled in Halifax, N.S., Canada, in 1923

Australia Montgomerie migration to Australia +

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

Montgomerie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Montgomerie, (b. 1792), aged 36, Scottish farmer who was convicted in Ayr, Scotland for 14 years for uttering forged notes, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 13th March 1828, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1860 [3]
  • Mr. Robert Shaw Montgomerie, (b. 1811), aged 23, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years for house breaking, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1865 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Montgomerie (post 1700) +

  • Colonel John Montgomerie (b. 1731), Scottish colonial governor, 5th Royal Governor of New Jersey (1728-1731), 22nd Colonial Governor of New York (1728-1731)
  • Archibald George Montgomerie (1939-2018), 18th Earl of Eglinton and 6th Earl of Winton, Scottish peer and aristocrat
  • Archibald Montgomerie (1914-1966), 17th Earl of Eglinton, Scottish peer
  • Archibald Montgomerie (1880-1945), 16th Earl of Eglinton, Scottish peer
  • Archibald Montgomerie (1841-1892), 14th Earl of Eglinton, Scottish noble and member of the House of Lords
  • Archibald Montgomerie (1726-1796), 11th Earl of Eglinton, Scottish general, and Member of Parliament (MP)
  • Archibald Seton Montgomerie (1880-1945), 16th Earl of Eglinton and 4th Earl of Winton, Scottish Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland (1920-1921)
  • Alexander Montgomerie (1723-1769), 10th Earl of Eglinton, a Scottish peer
  • Archibald William Alexander Montgomerie (1914-1966), 17th Earl of Eglinton Scottish Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland (1957-1961)
  • Janet Lucretia Montgomerie DBE (b. 1923), Countess of Eglinton and Winton, née Janet Lucretia Cuninghame
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Montgomerie Motto +

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: Gardez bien
Motto Translation: Look well.


  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant


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