Early Origins of the Watslay family
The surname Watslay was first found in Inverness-shire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, where they are believed to be descended from John Biset, son of Henry Biset, Lord of Cany in Normandy
, who became a Norman Lord of the Aird at Bewley near Inverness. However, there seems to be no evidence of the existence of "Wardlaws of the Ilk." There is a place named Wardlaw, near Beauly which has existed as early as 1210 when it was recorded as Wardelaue. As far the surname goes, Henricus de Wardlaw, was the first on record to use the name. He received a charter from Robert the Bruce in 1330, for half of the Barony of Wiltone in Roxburghshire
. Wardlow is a parish and linear village in the Derbyshire
Dales and within the parish lies Warlow Mires, a small hamlet. The parish has always had a rather small population as seen in a census in the late 1800s showing only 171 people. The parish dates back to 1258 when it was listed as Wardelawe, and literally meant "watch or look-out hill" derived from the Old English weard + hlaw CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Watslay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watslay research.Another 322 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1358, 1661, 1612, 1617, 1621, 1565, 1637, 1387, 1367, 1387, 1440, 1677, 1727, 1631, 1565, 1637, 1653, 1618, 1680, 1683, 1709, 1705, 1720, 1675, 1730, 1739, 1678, 1750 and are included under the topic Early Watslay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Watslay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Wardlaw, Wardlawe, Wardlow, Wadlow, Wadley and others.
Early Notables of the Watslay family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was Walter Wardlaw (c.
1387), son of a Sir Henry Wardlaw of Torry, Bishop of Glasgow (1367-1387); Henry Wardlaw (died 1440), Bishop of St Andrews and founder of the University of St Andrews; and Elizabeth Wardlaw (1677-1727), Lady Wardlaw, reputed author of the poem... Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Watslay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Watslay family to Ireland
Some of the Watslay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 95 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Watslay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James and Samuel Wardlaw who arrived in Philadelphia in 1843; Henry Wardlo settled in Barbados in 1628; William Wardlow settled in Maryland in 1735; R. Wardilow settled in New York in 1822..
The Watslay 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: Familias firmat pietas
Motto Translation: Piety strengthens families.