Clan Crawford

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Welcome to Clan Crawford

Crawford is a Scottish lowlands surname, traced to the region of the Upper Clyde River in Lanarkshire. There has been no recognized Clan Chief since the death of Hugh Ronald George Crawfurd, who died in Calgary, Alberta in 1942. The Clan is now recognized as an armigerous clan by the Court of the Lord Lyon.

Clan Crawford Team
Team Leader Amy Gilpin
Team Members William Dunlap, Rob Graham

A stag's head erased Gules, between the attires a cross crosslet fitchée Sable
Clan Chief: None
Crest: A stag's head erased Gules, between the attires a cross crosslet fitchée Sable
Motto: Tutum te robore reddam (I will give you safety by strength)
Slogan/War Cry:
Region: Lowlands
Historic Seat: Auchinames Castle, Renfrewshire
Plant badge: Boxwood
Pipe Music: None
Gaelic Name:

Clan Team

Team Goals

The focus of this team's work is to identify, improve and maintain profiles associated with the Lairds and Chiefs of Clan Crawford together with members bearing the name Crawford, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan Crawford.

Team To Do List

This list will be developed by the Team. If you are working on a specific task, please list it here:

  • promoting the entries of those bearing the name Crawford on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan Crawford.
  • ensuring the Clan Chief succession is accurately recorded on WikiTree - Amy

Clan History

Theory: Thor Longus is given as the ancient progenitor of the Crawford's in Scotland.

  • Issue with Theory: There is currently no evidence that this Thor had any children. The profiles currently attached need to be researched and corrected where necessary.

Clan Branches

Crawford of Auchinames (chiefs)

This is the senior branch of the Clan. This line descends from Sir Reginald de Crawford (1200s), through his eldest son, Hugh Crawford of Loudoun, Sheriff of Ayr.
To see the research being done on this line, visit Clan Crawford Chiefs

Craufurd of Kilbirnie (senior cadets)

This line descends from Lawrence Craufurd of Kilbirnie, ancestor to both the Kilbirney and Jordanhill branches of the Clan, as well as the viscounts of Garnock.

Crawfords of Craufurdland

This line descends from John Craufurd, 3rd son of Sir Reginald de Crawford, 1st Sheriff of Ayr. The lands of Craufurdland were previously known as Ardoch.
To see the research being done on this line, visit Crawfords of Craufurdland

Craufurd of Jordanhill

This line descends from Thomas Crawford, son of Lawrence Crawford of Kilbirnie. He acquired the land and title of Jordanhill from Bartholemew Montgomery (the chaplain of Drumry) following his return to Scotland with Mary, Queen of Scots.

Craufurd of Baidland & Ardmillan

This line descends from an unnamed younger brother of Sir Reginald Craufurd, Sheriff of Ayr (1296).

Dalmagregan Crawfords

This branch descends from Sir Gregan Crauford, who saved the life of King David I of Scotland in 1127. King David commissioned the construction of Holyrood Abbey on the site. The King also granted Sir Gregan the use of arms of a stag with a cross between its antlers and given lands in Nithsdale, Ayrshire.


As a southern upland House, Clan Crawford follows lowland traditions and does not have any recognized septs.

Other Names Associated with the Clan

All variant spellings

Allied Clans

Clan Wallace
Clan Boyd

Rival Clans

Clan Research and Free Space Pages

Source Material

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Image Credits and Acknowledgements

Clan Crawford Association for Banner, Clan Shield and Crest images.

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I fixed a couple links (formatting and https). I'm not sure what the policy is, but I would suggest links to the following:

Crawford Surname Y-DNA Project (I'm a volunteer admin, for disclosure, it was started by the Clan Crawford Association, and continues to operate under CCA guidance).

Clan Crawford Association Ancestry & DNA research forum Closed Facebook group, supported by the CCA for sharing research on Crawford ancestors, with and without genetic genealogy (disclosure, I'm also a volunteer admin there)

Just a suggestion! Thanks! -Dave

posted by Dave Nicolson
Thank you Joelle! That's wonderful.
posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
I just wanted to offer as a resource if anyone wanted to use it
It's fine! It's Clan related. When I send out the group email for March, we can vote on which one to use. I'll leave this one up for now, unless you want it changed.
posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
I didn't mean to make this the profile photo. It's not check make profile so I don't know why it's showing up that way.

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