Vowles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

An ancient Pictish-Scottish family was the first to use the name Vowles. It is a name for someone who lived in the place called Foulzie in the parish of King Edward in the county of Aberdeen. The surname Vowles belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Vowles family

The surname Vowles was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen at Foulzie. James Fowlie was listed in Bartholl Chapell in 1741. [1] Further to the south in Greenhow in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the Foulis family gained a family seat during the reign of James I. Originally held by the D'Arcys, that family had lost the lands during the reign of Henry VIII when it was reverted to the crown. [2]

Nearby, in Ingleby-Greenhow, the family of Foulis bought the lands from the Eures. From this branch , Henry Foulis, the historian and divine, was born at Ingleby manor-house in the middle of the 17th century. "The parish is now almost exclusively the property of Sir William Foulis, Bart., who is lord of the manor. Ingleby manor-house, the seat of Sir William Foulis, is a stately mansion of stone, finely situated on an eminence; it contains some oak carvings, and an ancient portrait of Queen Elizabeth." [2]

Early History of the Vowles family

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Vowles Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Vowles include Fowlie, Fowley, Fowlis, Foulis and others.

Early Notables of the Vowles family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir James Foulis, Lord Colinton (d. 1688), a Scottish judge; and his eldest son, James Foulis, Lord Reidfurd (1645?-1711), a Scottish judge; Henry Foulis (1638-1669), an English academic theologian and controversial author; Sir Alexander Foulis, made a Baronet June 7th 1634; Sir David Foulis, 1st Baronet Foulis was Custos Rotulorum (keeper of...
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Ireland Migration of the Vowles family to Ireland

Some of the Vowles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Vowles migration to the United States +

Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Vowles:

Vowles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Allexander Vowles, who arrived in New England in 1662 [3]
Vowles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Vowles, who arrived in New York in 1834 [3]
Vowles Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George Vowles, aged 46, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1901
  • Fred Vowles, aged 18, who landed in America from England, in 1902
  • Albert E. Vowles, aged 13, who landed in America from Burnham, in 1903
  • Coris Vowles, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Bristol, in 1904
  • Ernest Vowles, aged 17, who settled in America from Lawrence, Somerset, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Vowles migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vowles Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Robert Vowles, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Australia Vowles migration to Australia +

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

Vowles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Vowles, (b. 1770), aged 46, English labourer who was convicted in Somerset, England for life for theft, transported aboard the "Fame" on 9th October 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Vowles, (b. 1800), aged 27, English butcher who was convicted in Somerset, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Florentia" on 14th August 1827, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. John Vowles, English convict who was convicted in Bristol, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 19th August 1829, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Henry Vowles, aged 21, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"
Vowles Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • "Miss Ann Vowles, (b. 1807), aged 21, English needle woman who was convicted in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England for 14 years for receiving stolen goods, transported aboard the ""Competitor"" on 9th June 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia" [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Vowles (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier Eric Lacy Vowles (b. 1893), Australian Commandant of Royal Military College Duntroon from 1946 to 1949 [8]
  • Margaret Winifred Vowles (1882-1932), English author on science
  • Hugh Pembroke Vowles (1885-1951), British engineer, socialist and author
  • Henry Hayes Vowles (1843-1905), English theologian and author
  • Andrew Lee Isaac Vowles (b. 1967), British trip-hop musician
  • Adrian Vowles (b. 1971), Australian rugby league player

The Vowles 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: Mente manuque praesto
Motto Translation: Ready with heart and hand.

  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. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 27th September 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/fairlie
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th October 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/florentia
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 18th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/claudine
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/competitor
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, September 8) Eric Vowles. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Vowles/Eric_Lacy/Australia.html

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