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The annals of Scottish history reveal that Oglesbee was first used as a name by descendants of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Oglesbee family lived in the county of Angus near Glamis. Although Bishop Leslie, a noted historian during the time of Mary Queen of Scots, lists the Ogilvies as being derived from the Border Country in the vicinity of Kelso, serious question must be made of the authenticity of the statement. It seems more plausible to deduce this Clan to be of original Pictish stock, descended from Dubhucan, Earl of Angus (1115 AD), of the Mormaers of Angus. The root of the name is thought to be from the Welsh uchel, meaning "high."

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During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Oglesbee include Ogilvie, Ogilvy, Oguilvie, Ogilby, Ogleby and many more.

First found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where Gilbert, son of Gillebride, 1st Earl of Angus, obtained a charter of the lands of Purin, Ogguluin and Kynmethan, in Angus between 1172 and 1177. Gilbert is also on record as a witness of a grant of the church of Monyfode to the Abbey of Arbroath by his brother, Gilchrist, 3rd Earl of Angys between 1201-04. There is also early record of an Alexander de Oggoluin, who had a Charter of the lands of Belauht around 1232. Patrick Oggelville or Eggilvyn (of county Forfar) swore an oath of allegiance to King Edward the 1st of England in 1296.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oglesbee research. Another 889 words (64 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1425, 1430, 1491, 1639, 1645, 1639, 1745, 1715, 1778, 1826, 1701, 1707, 1579, 1615, 1927, 1976, 1600, 1676, 1679, 1651 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Oglesbee History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 193 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oglesbee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Oglesbee:

Oglesbee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • James Oglesbee, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

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  • Elias Oglesbee, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1928
  • Carl C. Oglesbee, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 16th District, 1938


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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: A fin
Motto Translation: To the end.

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The Oglesbee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oglesbee 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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