Spotswood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Spotswood family

The surname Spotswood was first found in Berwickshire where "the name is derived from the barony of Spottiswoode. The family were benefactors to the Abbeys of Melrose and Kelso in early times. The immediate ancestor or Spottiswoode, still 'of that Ilk,' was Robert de Spottiswood, who was born in the reign of King Alexander III., and died in that of Robert Bruce. " [1]

Early History of the Spotswood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spotswood research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1597, 1710, 1565, 1639, 1567, 1645, 1510, 1585, 1565, 1637, 1513, 1596, 1646, 1666, 1728, 1676, 1740 and 1923 are included under the topic Early Spotswood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Spotswood Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Spottiswood, Spottiswode, Sportwode, Sportwood, Spotswood and many more.

Early Notables of the Spotswood family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John Spottiswoode (1565-1639), Archbishop of St Andrews, Primate of All Scotland and historian of Scotland. James Spottiswood (1567-1645), was Bishop of Clogher, born at Calder in Scotland, the second son of John Spottiswood (1510-1585.) He was younger brother of John Spottiswood (1565-1637), Archbishop of St. Andrews. His father was a Scottish reformer, second son of William Spottiswood of Spottiswood who was killed at Flodden in 1513. Sir Robert Spottiswoode Lord Newabbey (1596-1646), was a Scottish lawyer and second...
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Ireland Migration of the Spotswood family to Ireland

Some of the Spotswood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Spotswood migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spotswood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alexander Spotswood, who arrived in Virginia in 1740 [2]
Spotswood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Spotswood, aged 37, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • F. Spotswood who settled in San Francisco in 1851
  • Miss. A. R. Spotswood, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Thomas Spotswood, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1896
Spotswood Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Spotswood, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Dandridge Spotswood, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Fandridge Spotswood, aged 25, who immigrated to America, in 1910
  • Virginia Spotswood, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Mary Frances L. Spotswood, aged 46, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Spotswood (post 1700) +

  • Kendra Spotswood, American soul singer, member of The Shirelles
  • Dick Spotswood (b. 1947), American political writer for the Marin Independent Journal
  • Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Denis Spotswood GCB, CBE, DSO, DFC (1916-2001), British Marshall of the Royal Air Force, and Vice Chairman of Rolls Royce
  • Louisa Jane Spotswood, birth name of Lousa Seddon, wife of John Seddon in 1869, the 15th Prime Minister of New Zealand, eponym of Spotswood, New Zealand
  • Wayne Spotswood MD, CCFP, CCFP(EM), FRCPC, retired Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Dr. F Iona Spotswood, Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol
  • Alexander Spotswood (1676-1740), Morocco-born, Lieutenant-Colonel in the British Army, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia; he built the first colonial iron works and negotiated the Treaty of Albany

The Spotswood 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: Patior ut potiar
Motto Translation: I suffer that I may obtain.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook
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