Pittendrigh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pittendrigh family

The surname Pittendrigh was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat. However, This ancient Clan, known as Pittendreich of that Ilk, conjecturally was most likely to be from Moravia, and came to Scotland in the train of Queen Margeret, second wife (1069) of King Canmore.

Queen Margeret, herself a royal refugee, was a learned churchwoman. She was appalled by the barbaric state of the Royal Scottish court. She recruited many European nobles, mostly Norman, but traveled as far east as Silesia and Moravia. Among them was Malcolm de Moravia who invited John of Pethindreich to witness a charter passing the lands of Lamebryde to his son William de Moray in 1278.

It was customary to invite relations or "friendly" important witnesses, men and women of stature, to affix their seals and names to such transactions, thus it is likely that John of Pethindreich was either a relative, or a very close friend and Chief of his Clan. Since Malcolm of Moravia was still carrying the territorial name his ancestors acquired in 1070 it must be assumed he was a large landowner who chose not to identify with a single property, i.e. Lambryde and possibly that also of the original Pittendreich.

Early History of the Pittendrigh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pittendrigh research. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1410, 1478, 1600, 1678, 1572 and 1578 are included under the topic Early Pittendrigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pittendrigh Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pittendreigh, Pittendrich, Pittendrigh, Petyndricht, Pettindrecht, Petindrech, Peddendreycht, Pithendreich and many more.

Early Notables of the Pittendrigh family (pre 1700)

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Canada Pittendrigh migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pittendrigh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Helen Pittendrigh, who arrived in Canada sometime between 1863 and 1901

Contemporary Notables of the name Pittendrigh (post 1700) +

  • Colin Pittendrigh (1918-1996), British-born, American biologist, regarded as the "father of the biological clock"
  • Dr. James Pittendrigh MacGillivray (1856-1938), Scottish prolific sculptor, known for his many works throughout Scotland, particularly in Glasgow, perhaps best known for his statues of Robert Burns in Irvine, Lord Byron in Aberdeen, the 3rd Marquess of Bute in Cardiff, John Knox in Edinburgh's St Giles Cathedral, and William Ewart Gladstone in Coates Crescent Gardens, Edinburgh

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