Descendants of John Grier and Janet McMonies
Including families of Birkett-Vipont, Broadfoot, Cockerell, Craig, Edwards, Emery,
Graham, Grier, Horne, Jones, Smith, Thomas, Vipont, White etc.
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.
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
Myrtle McKenzie, story by Andrea John on generation 6 added 1 Mar 2018
Janet Grierson and Moses Thomas, stories by Andrea Johnson on generation 3 added 5 Feb 2018
Contact Libby Shade for further details
P.O. Box 105, Rosanna 3084, Victoria, Australia
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