Montrose History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Scottish surname Montrose is derived from the name of the town Montrose in Angus (formerly known as Forfarshire).The town has been immortalized in Scottish history as the location of John de Baliol's surrender of Scotland to Edward I in 1296. This territory came under the control of the Graham Clan, when Sir David de Graham settled in Angus during the reign of King William the Lion. The histories of Graham and Montrose have been linked ever since. Later, Grahams, were made the Earls of Montrose.

Early Origins of the Montrose family

The surname Montrose was first found in Forfarshire part of the Tayside region of North Eastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, where a Henry de Monros, a chaplain, was on record when he witnessed charters by Gregory, bishop of Brechin in circa 1218-22. Mestre Matheu de Monros, a clerk of Perth, rendered homage to King Edward I of England in 1296.

Early History of the Montrose family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montrose research. Another 34 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1385, 1464, 1505, 1513, 1548, 1608, 1612, and 1650 are included under the topic Early Montrose History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Montrose Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Montross, Montrose, Monros and others.

Early Notables of the Montrose family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was William Graham, 4th Lord Graham (1464-1513), who became the Earl of Montrose in 1505. John Graham (1548-1608), 3rd Earl of Montrose was the Chancellor of the...
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Montrose Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Montrose family to Ireland

Some of the Montrose family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Montrose migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Montrose Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Laughlell Montrose, who arrived in New England in 1651-1652 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Montrose (post 1700) +

  • Louis Adrian Montrose, American literary theorist and academic scholar, Professor of English Literature at the University of California, San Diego
  • Ronnie Montrose (b. 1947), American guitarist
  • Jack Montrose (1928-2006), American tenor saxophonist and composer
  • James Graham Montrose (1612-1650), Scottish soldier and royalist
  • Lewis Montrose (b. 1988), English footballer
  • Condé Montrose Nast (1873-1942), American founder of Condé Nast Publications


The Montrose 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: Ne oublie
Motto Translation: Do not forget.


  1. ^ 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)


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