GRIERSON
Descendants of John Grier and Janet McMonies
of Parton,Kircudbrightshire,Scotland
Including families of Birkett-Vipont, Broadfoot, Cockerell, Craig, Edwards, Emery,
Graham, Grier, Horne, Jones, Smith, Thomas, Vipont, White etc.

THE DEEPER ANCESTRY

The name 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.

At various times, but principally in the 16th and 17th Centuries, the name Grier was used as a form of shorthand. There are numerous documents and legal reports of the era in which the same man is referred to by both Grierson and Grier. In a descent chart produced under the sponsorship of Thomas Greer of Sea Park, Carrickfergus, Ireland, a High Sheriff and Member of Parliament in the latter part of the 19th Century, during the early 17th Century a branch descending from a brother of the then Laird of Lag migrated to Ireland, at the same time changing their preferred spelling from Grier to Greer. Oral tradition has it that another son of that branch migrated to North America at or about the same time, and his presumed descendants also use Greer. Later, some of the Irish Greers also emigrated to North America. Greer appears only rarely in Scottish records.

There are family legends and clan legends, and there is also deliberate misinformation about Grierson origins. Are we MacGregors? Are we Irish? How do we take the next step in identifying our forefathers? The answer may well be in recent advances in the study of DNA, as passed from father to son. Ruminations about our ancestry [by David Grierson (John(6)] can be found at the DNA link.

This has been updated 12 Jan 2016.

The direct line to Libby is
(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

Recent Changes

James GRAHAM found for page 4 added 12 Aug 2016

A huge update of the entire family tree and a large amount of data on more recent people, together with parallel entry of the tree into the family tree section of Family Search, finished 30 Apr 2016

The discovery of the correct birth and baptism dates for Moses Thomas, by Jo Killmister, on generation 3, added
12 Apr 2016

The Surgeon's journal for the David Clark voyage in 1839, transcribed by Irene Kearsey, on the David Clark page, added 17 Mar 2016

Unnamed GRAHAM child found for page 4 added 14 Feb 2016


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P.O. Box 105, Rosanna 3084, Victoria, Australia

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