The Scottish surname Montross 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 Montross family
The surname Montross 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
Early History of the Montross family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montross 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 Montross History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Montross Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Montross 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 Montross Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Montross family to Ireland
Some of the Montross family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Montross family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Montross Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Isaac Montross, who landed in Quebec in 1784
- Mr. Peter Montross U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Loyal American Regiment CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
The Montross 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.