Clan Dewar

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Welcome to Clan Dewar

Clan Dewar Team
Team Leader TBA
Team Members

Clan Chief: Michael Kenneth O'Malley Dewar of that Ilk & Vogrie.
Motto: Quis non pro Patria?
Latin > "Why would we not do it for our Country?"
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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 Dewar together with members bearing the name Dewar, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan Dewar.

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 Dewar on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan Dewar.


Dewar, Deware, Dewe, Dew, Dure, Due, Dewyer, Dewer, McIndeor, McJarrow

Clan History

The name is an anglicisation of “Deòrach” which originally means “pilgrim”. Nowadays it is rendered “Mac an Deòir” in Scottish Gaelic.

Traditional origins

The Dewar's are known to have first settled in an area to the south east of Edinburgh. There is a tradition that a savage wolf was terrorising the district around Heriot and a reward was offered to the man who would despatch the beast. Dewar is said to have achieved this and received his bounty. However it is not known if the lands of Dewar are named after the surname or if the surname is taken from the lands.

Recorded origins

The earliest record of an organised family by the name of Dewar is in the Ragman Rolls of 1296, where Thomas and Piers de Deware appear swearing fealty to Edward I of England.

Lord Borthwick granted a charter for the lands of Dewar to William Dewar in 1474. This Dewar family were known as of that Ilk and rose to prominence, appearing in various charters in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. William Dewar sold the lands of Dewar and moved to Carrington that was nearby. From this William Dewar descend the chiefly line of Clan Dewar.

The Dewars were commercially successful and purchased the barony and estate of Vogrie in 1719. David Dewar of Vogrie was Postmaster General of Leith and Edinburgh. The Vogrie estates were extremely fruitful, a flourishing Coal Mine was sited there in the mid 19th century as well as Scotland's first gunpowder mill.

The Mansion house of Vogrie was built by Alexander, sixth Laird, although the estate has shrunk from 2,000 to around 250 acres the house still stands and the estates are now open to the public as Vogrie Country Park

The name Dewar is synonymous with whisky and this was due in no small part by the efforts of John Dewar. Born in 1856 he transformed the business and the industry and was created Baron Forteviot of Dupplin In 1917.

Clan Branches

  • Dewars of that Ilk And Vogri (chiefs)
  • Dewar Coigerachs (Highlanders)
  • Dewars of Cambuskenneth
  • Dewars of Dupplin

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