Early Origins of the Shillinglaw family
The surname Shillinglaw was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Shillingford. This unusual name is easily explained by any tax collector at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
a census taken 1086 by Duke William of Normandy
after his Conquest of England
in 1066. Shillingford lands represented the annual tax payable to the King via his under-tenant. One shilling of taxes per year in those days meant a sizeable piece of land of many acres. The lands of Shillingford, originally called Selingforde in Devon
were occupied by William Cheever at that time, who held his lands from Fulchere, a Norman noble. Conjecturally, the Shillingfords are descended from this Norman. The toll extracted from travelers for crossing the river Exe obviously related also to the person of Shillingworth, an abbreviation of Shillingworthy, hence, the surname Shillingworth is similarly from the same origin. Shillingworthy described a freeman, next in rank below the Lord of the Manor, who was a worthy, that is a person who had sole and indisputable possession of a means of income from a particular source, such as Mucksworthy, the most valuable commodity in this strictly agricultural community, where the right to graze in a pasture and the right to collect and sell the manure made anyone a rich man. To reinforce this statement of power, there also emerged the name Shillinglaw, a person who virtually wrote his own local
rules about who and how much would be charged for this vital ford crossing of the River Exe to Exeter
, one of the largest towns in England
at the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, it having 300 King's houses.
Early History of the Shillinglaw family
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Shillinglaw Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Sellingford, Shillingford, Shillingforde, Selingforde, Sellingforde, Shillingworth, Shillingworthy, Shillinglaw and many more.
Early Notables of the Shillinglaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shillinglaw family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Will Shillingford who settled in Jamaica in 1773.
Contemporary Notables of the name Shillinglaw (post 1700)
- Robert Shillinglaw (b. 1953), American lacrosse coach, head coach of the University of Delaware Mens Lacrosse team since 1978
- Anthony Laird Shillinglaw (b. 1937), former English cricketer from Birkenhead, Cheshire
- Harold Arthur Edward Shillinglaw (1927-2016), Australian rules footballer who played for Fitzroy from 1945 to 1951
- Brian Shillinglaw (1939-2007), nicknamed "Shill", a Scottish rugby union and rugby league player who played in the 1960s