Early Origins of the Ricarton family
The surname Ricarton was first found in Roxburghshire
, where they held a family seat
on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest
many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland
. Some were native Scots. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. The name was first recorded in Scotland
in Riccalton near Jedburgh. Adam of Riccalton rendered homage to King Edward 1st of England
in his brief conquest of Scotland
in 1296. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
This indicates that the family was one of the many Norman nobility which rebelled against William after the Conquest and moved over the border out of harm's way. In fact the family kept holdings in Northumberland
Riccarton is a parish, in the district of Kyle, county of Ayr; containing, with the villages of Hurlford and Sornhill. "This place, which is of considerable antiquity, is supposed to have derived its name, originally Richardstown, from its ancient proprietor, Sir Richard Wallace, to whom the lands were granted in the early part of the 13th century by Walter, high steward of Scotland." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Ricarton family
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Ricarton Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Rickleton, Riccalton, Rickletown, Ricklington, Ryclington, Ricklyngton, Ricarton and many more.
Early Notables of the Ricarton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ricarton family to Ireland
Some of the Ricarton family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Ricarton family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers who were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe to the New World. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, to Maine, to Florida, and to the Leeward islands..