Sandlant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sandlant family

The surname Sandlant was first found in the Upper Ward of Clydesdale and were from the lands of Sandliands. These were lands that were traditionally held by the Douglasses in the early 14th century, hence their relationship as sept of the Clan Douglas. James Sandilands, armiger, was a vassal of William, the 1st Earl of Douglas and obtained a grant of lands in Peeblesshire from David II in 1336. In 1348 he became possessor of the lands of Sandilands and Redmyre by charter from William, lord of Douglas. [1]

"At an early period the family were in possession of the lands of Sandilands in Lanarkshire, and from the time of David II, when Sir James Sandilands distinguished himself in the wars against the English, they began to acquire a position of some power and prominence." [2]

Early History of the Sandlant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sandlant research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1579, 1511, 1596, 1627, 1667, 1645, 1681 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Sandlant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sandlant Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sandilands, Sandylands, Sandelands, Sandlant and others.

Early Notables of the Sandlant family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was James Sandilands first Lord Torphichen (d. 1579), second son of Sir James Sandilands of Calder; James Sandilands (1511-1596), Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes, and...
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sandlant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sandlant migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sandlant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Sandlant, who settled in Maryland in 1774

Australia Sandlant migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sandlant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Sandlant, (Sandland, Scandland), (b. 1771), aged 67, English wool comber who was convicted in Leicester, Leicestershire, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1853 [3]


The Sandlant 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: Spero Meliora
Motto Translation: I hope for better things.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 23rd August 2020, Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie)


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