Descendants of John Grier and Janet McMonies
Including families of Broadfoot, Graham, Grierson, Thomas, Cockerell
SPECIAL NOTE: 'A Short Account of the Grierson Family' by Robert Grierson,
new edition, edited by Tom H. Greer (USA) and John D. Grierson (Australia)
available mid 2012 from http://clangrierson.com
THE DEEPER ANCESTRY
Grierson (the modern spelling) is a South West Scottish
surname, first noticed in extant documentation (as
Grersoun) in the early years of the 15th Century. It
appears in a charter relating to the sale of land in the
Nith valley in the area then known as Galloway (being the
Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, Wigtownshire, and parts of
modern Dumfriesshire and Ayrshire). This deed addressed
the change of ownership of an estate known as
"Lag", and described the sale of the property
by John McRath of Laught to Gilbert Grierson of Arde. The
Griersons of Ard appear to have been hereditary bailies
of the barony of Tibbers in the fourteenth century and by
the end of the century, they were armigerous. The sale
was confirmed by Henry, Earl of Orkney, Lord of the
valley of Nith on December 6, 1408. Lag was clearly a
superior estate to Arde, and so Gilbert and his heritors
have maintained the appellation "of Lag" since
then. A seal affixed to a 1418 document states
"Gilbert, son of Duncan". George Dunbar, Earl
of Dunbar and March was his feudal superior at that time.
During the next four hundred years, the family prospered,
and ultimately became owners or, in the case of some
cadet branches, kindly tenants, over very large tracts of
land in south west Scotland. In 1685 the Laird of Lag was
made Baronet. By the 18th Century the name had spread
widely throughout Galloway and Dumfriesshire.
been updated 20 Sep 2011
The direct line to
(1) John Grier & Janet McMonies or McMonnies
(2) John Grierson & Mary Burgess
(3) John Grierson & Phoebe Crew
(4) John Grierson & Annie Elizabeth Burton
(5) John Burton Grierson & Margaret Elizabeth Sampson
(6) John Sampson Grierson & Katharine Beatrice Serle
See the website www.thegriersonfamily.com for an international view on the Grierson name and history.
New version of DNA chart for Grierson and associated names, and further information, added 24 Sep 2012
Many photographs from the album of John Burton Grierson added 26 Aug 2012
Children added on generation 6 for: James George Broadfoot & Laura Falck; John Grierson Broadfoot & Ethel Morrison; Elizabeth Jones & Alfred Groves; Marion Thomas & John James Killmister; Annie Thomas & Samuel Robert Watson; Mary White & William Harkness; Margaret White & Ernest Thomas Worland; David James White & Georgina Catherine Jane Thomson; Jane White & David Wines; all added 9 Aug 2012
Photographs and details of the John & Mary Grierson grave at Melbourne General Cemetery added 20 May 2012
Two photos added of John Sampson Grierson, generation 6, added to Grierson photo page 17 May 2012
Article about wedding of Walter Thomas & Jane (Jean Barclay) Thomas in 1916 added to generation 4 on 15 May 2012
Photo of Walter Thomas and his seven children added to Thomas photo page 7 Apr 2012
Group photo including JG3, Bertha Grierson, Walter & Jane Thomas added to Grierson photo page 16 Mar 2012
Correct identification of Ethel Masters picture on generation 4 added 22 Jan 2012
Thomas Leslie Birkett Vipont aka Leslie Grierson, information added to page 5 on 25 Nov 2011
Contact Libby Shade for further details
P.O. Box 105, Rosanna 3084, Victoria, Australia
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