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The history of the name Wallace begins in the Scottish/English Borderlands with a family of Strathclyde-Briton ancestry. It is a name for a person who was understood to be foreign. The name is actually an abbreviation of Wallensis, which meant Welsh
is derived from the Anglo Norman French word waleis,
It is sometimes difficult for the layman to understand how such a renowned Scottish Clan
could be called, literally, Welsh.Yet from the 3rd to the 8th century the Kingdom of Strathclyde stretched from the northern tip of France to the southern shores of the Clyde in Scotland
. This kingdom was composed of solely coastal territories, of regions including Wales
and that part of southwest Scotland
known as Galloway
. Ironically, the first Scottish poem, dated about 1000 AD, was written in Welsh
. Hence, Richard Wallensis was a vassal in 1174 of Walter FitzAlan, the Norman/ Breton
who had settled in Salop in England
and then moved north to Scotland. He would later found the great line of Scottish Stewart Kings. The Wallensis were undoubtedly the original natives of the area rather than travelers who moved north from the Welsh
border in the train of the Stewarts.
The surname Wallace was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
where in 1173 AD Richard Wallensis obtained the lands that belonged to the former kingdom of Strathclyde called Richardstoun (now Riccarton) by a grant from the King. His son, Richard Walency (or Waleis) witnessed several charters between 1190 and 1220, showing his approval of transfers of land in Molle, Kelso, Cupa and Paisley. The Chiefship passed to his grandson, Sir Malcolm Wallace of Elderslie in Renfrewshire
, who had acquired those lands, the ancient Clan
territories and other lands in Ayrshire
. It was the younger son of Malcolm Wallace, William Wallace, born in 1275, who was Scotland's folklore hero. A knight of no small qualification and skill, throughout his life he had maintained a friendship with the House of Stewart. His many exploits started in 1297 when he killed the Sheriff of Lanark.
Wallace continued to harass the English occupying army with such skill and bewildering speed that the English were demoralized. Wallace unified the Clans of Scotland against a common invader. One of the English captains reported that Wallace was lying in Selkirk forest with his army of Clansmen. An English force moved northwards to destroy him but found itself under siege in Stirling Castle. The Battle of Stirling Bridge was a decisive victory for Wallace, and he was awarded the guardianship of Scotland. He was probably the greatest unifying factor that Scotland ever had. But the English King once more invaded Scotland, set up his own government and Wallace became an outlaw. Betrayed by Sir John de Menteith near Glasgow, he was tried for treason in London and executed on August 23rd, 1305. But the Clan Wallace lived on with some forty or fifty branches, most of them having their own lands and territories. The Chiefly line of the Wallaces of Riccarton took on the designation of Craigie after acquiring the Craigie estates by marriage. Other important branches started at Cessnock and Kelly in Renfrewshire. The life of Wallace was well documented by "Blind Harry," the minstrel.
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Wallace has been spelled Wallace, Wallis, Wallys, Walace, Uallas (Gaelic) and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wallace research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1642, 1688, 1720, 1795, 1616, 1703, 1982 and are included under the topic Early Wallace History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Notable amongst the family at this time was James Wallace (1642-1688), a Scottish minister in Orkney; Samuel Wallis (1720-1795), an English navigator, eponym of Wallis Island; John Wallis (1616-1703), a British mathematician who introduced the infinity symbol, eponym of the asteroid 31982 Johnwallis; and John Wallace of Craigie who was Lt...
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wallace Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Wallace family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlanti c.
Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:
Wallace Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Halbert Wallace, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
Wallace Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Andrew Wallace, who landed in Virginia in 1702
- Alexander Wallace settled in Georgia in 1733
- Humphrey Wallace, who landed in Virginia in 1746
- Hendrick Wallace, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
- Eleanor, Elizabeth, George, Jane, William, and Mary Wallace all settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1768
Wallace Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hannah Wallace, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
- Andrew, Boyd, Daniel, Edward, Francis, George, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Robert, Samuel, Thomas, and William Wallace all settled in Philadelphia, PA between 1820 and 1870
- George Wallace, aged 32, landed in Texas in 1830
- Benjamin Wallace, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1833
- Alexander Wallace, who landed in New York in 1834
Wallace Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- James Wallace, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906
Wallace Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Jacob Wallace U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
- Mr. John Wallace U.E., (Jonathan) (b. 1751) who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1783 he died in 1840
- Mr. William Wallace U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
Wallace Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- William Wallace, aged 39, a farmer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
- Martha Wallace, aged 23, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
- Jean Wallace, aged 7, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
- Sarah Wallace, aged 22, a servant, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Branches" from London, England
- Patrick Wallace, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
Wallace Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Wallace, a stone-setter, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- John Wallace, Scottish convict from Aberdeen, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Jane Wallace, Scottish convict from Cumberland, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- S. Wallace arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
- James Wallace arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839
Wallace Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Archibald Wallace landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- Geo Wallace landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
- John Wallace landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- John Howard Wallace landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
- John Howard Wallace, aged 23, a mechanic, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
- James B. Wallace (1929-2015), American oil executive, CEO and Chairman of Grease Monkey
- Marcia Karen Wallace (1942-2013), American actress, game show panelist, voice artist, and comedienne, best known for her role on The Bob Newhart Show and her Emmy Award winning voice role on The Simpsons
- Irving Wallace (1916-1990), American Writers Guild of America nominated best-selling author and screenwriter, best known for The Chapman Report (1960), The Prize (1962), The Word (1972) and The Fan Club (1974)
- Amy Wallace (1955-2013), American writer, daughter of Irving Wallace
- Myron Leon "Mike" Wallace (1918-2012), American journalist, game show host, actor, and media personality, best known as a correspondent for CBS' 60 minutes
- Tedd M. Wallace, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of South Lyon, Michigan
- Terry Wallace, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for North Carolina, 1972
- Theodore C. Wallace, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 13th District, 1980
- Thomas Wallace, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1880
- Thomas P. Wallace, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1888
- Mrs. Lottie L Wallace (1883-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Mr. Rod Wallace (1914-1914), Canadian Track Layer from Nova Scotia, Canada who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914
- Mr. William Raymond Wallace (1917-1941), Australian Stoker from Bellbird, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
- Mr. James W Wallace (b. 1917), English Leading Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Sunderland, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
- Mr. Thomas Wallace (1917-1942), Scottish Marine from Scotland, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing in action 1942
- Mr. Malkin Wallace, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
- Mr. Erne St Michael Wallace, British Engine Room Artificer 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
- Mr. William Henry Wallace, British Musician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Exeter
- Mr. John Halebarr Wallace, British Ordinary Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
- Mr. Charles Eric Wallace, British Stoker Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
- Mr. Peter Edward Wallace (1923-1942), English Marine from Eltham, Kent, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, later lost in 1942
- Mr. James Wallace, English Second Waiter from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Miss Delia Wallace, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Miss Margaret Wallace, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Mr. Cyril John George Wallace, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Holyoke, USA returning to England to enlist, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 22
- Wallace-Frierson and Allied Families by Charles Hamilton Young.
- The McKnight Families and their Descendants, also, The Wallace and Alexander Families by Texarado McKnight Peak.
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:
Pro libertateMotto Translation:
|Wallace Clan Badge|
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system... MoreSepts of the Distinguished Name Wallace
Ualas, Uallas, Walace, Walis, Wallace, Wallis, Wallys, Walys, Wolace, Wollace, Wollis, Wollys and more
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The Wallace Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wallace Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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