Ridpath History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ridpath family

The surname Ridpath was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Ridpath family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ridpath research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1376, 1547, 1602, 1597, 1602, 1726, 1654, 1687, 1717, 1772, 1721, 1788, 1759, 1765 and are included under the topic Early Ridpath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ridpath Spelling Variations

Although the name, Ridpath, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Redpath, Ridpath, Reidpath, Ridpeth, Redpeth and others.

Early Notables of the Ridpath family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Thomas Redpath, Chief of the Clan in 1602. George Ridpath (died 1726), was a Scottish whig journalist who seems to have been born in Berwickshire. His father may have been George Readpath, who inherited land from his father, Thomas, in 1654. Ridpath himself claimed connection with the Gordons. In 1687 Ridpath published a new method of shorthand, 'Shorthand yet Shorter,' with...
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Ireland Migration of the Ridpath family to Ireland

Some of the Ridpath family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ridpath migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Ridpath family name Ridpath, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Ridpath Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Ridpath, who settled in Philadelphia in 1840
  • Ed. Ridpath, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • W. L. Ridpath, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Mrs. J.C. Ridpath, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
Ridpath Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ellen Ridpath, aged 32, who landed in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Mrs W. M. Ridpath, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Sarah Ridpath, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Ernest Guy Ridpath, aged 33, who settled in America from London, England, in 1911
  • William Ridpath, aged 66, who landed in America, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Ridpath (post 1700) +

  • Colonel William Ridpath, American businessman who founded the Ridpath Hotel complex, Spokane, Washington in 1899
  • John Clark Ridpath (1840-1900), American historian, lecturer at DePaw University
  • Michael Ridpath (b. 1961), English author from Devon
  • Ian "William" Ridpath (b. 1947), English science writer, journalist, astronomer
  • John B. Ridpath (1936-2021), Canadian intellectual historian and associate professor of economics and intellectual history at York University
  • David Bruce Ridpath (1884-1925), Canadian professional ice hockey player and general manager
  • Bruce Ridpath (1884-1925), Canadian professional ice hockey player, member of the 1911 Stanley Cup champions, the Ottawa Senators
  • George Ridpath (1717-1772), Scottish historian


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