Clan Grierson

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Welcome to Clan Grierson

Clan Grierson Team
Team Leader
Team Members Carole Taylor
Clan Chief: Madam Sarah Grierson of Lag, Chief of the Name and Arms of Clan Grierson.
Crest: a fetterlock Argent
Motto: Hoc Securior -Translation: Safer by this
Slogan/War Cry:
Region: Lowlands
Historic Seat:
Plant badge: Bluebell flowers, (campanula rotundifolia) being the proper plant badge of the name Grierson have long been symbolic of humility, constancy, gratitude and everlasting love.
Pipe music:
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 Grierson together with members bearing the name Grierson, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan Grierson.

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


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Clan History

Clan Branches

Other Names Associated with the Clan

"Sir Gilbert Grierson, 1st Lord of Lag. Born: 1353 in Lag, Dumfries-shire, Scotland. Died: 09 Apr 1425 at Lag, Dumfries-shire, Scotland.

He was buried in Old Dunscore Cemetery, Dumfries-shire, Scotland. Gilbert MacGregor was also known as Gilbert Grierson, received charter to Lag Castle, December 1408. Ancestor of Griersons of Lag and Arde as well as of the Griers and Greers.

Gilbert seems to have been the "Gilbrid" who led a migration from Glenorchy into Dumfriesshire (141 mile trek) in latter part of the 14th century. The birth date shown is actually his christening date.

He was the second son of Malcolm MacGregor, he took the name "Grierson" in accordance with charter granted before 1400, by George de Dunbar, Earl of March, conveying lands of Netherholm (2 km SW of Amisfield Tower), and Dalgarnock (just west of Dunscore) to him and his heirs male to be called by the surname Grierson.

In 1400, the Earl also granted charter to the lands of Airde, Tyrcrome, and Overholm in the Barony of Tybris for his many good deeds to the Earl. On 6 December 1408, Gilbert got from his cousin Henry Saint Clair, Earl of Orkney, charter to Lands of Lag lying in the Brokenbarony, among the monk lands of the Monastery of Montrose, giving yearly a pair of gilt spurs at the Castle of Dumfries as blench farm. On 17 May 1410, he got charter for lands of Drumjoan from Archibald, Earl of Douglas for being his armor bearer." by: Delbert Bauer (f-a-g memorial)

Father: Malcolm MacGregor. Mother: Mary Macalpin.

Spouse: Janet Glendening. Married: 1380 in Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

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Information below this line should be summarized on the Clan's Team Page. Detailed information should be included in additional Clan pages.

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  • Notes: "Gilbrid" not in the wikipedia dictionary

The lineal Chief of Clan Grierson

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  3. 13-Robert Grierson--111 (B:1654)

Clan Grierson

The clan name is thought to have been derived from the forename of Gregor and this clan, Grierson, is generally associated with Clan Gregor. The name was popular amongst clergy in the Middle Ages. It has been conjectured that the Grierson family come from the same source as Clan Gregor, although this theory has been refuted by modern historians and there is no evidence to support it.


Some say that Grierson, though dna tests proves that Grierson has no link to the CLAN Gregor or the CLAN MacGregor.
Recently I have seen that someone said, "Clan Grierson originated before Clan MacGregor" But if you check out ( "Highland Scottish clan that claims an origin in the early 800s." A tad bit earlier than what is claimed below.

"In about 1408 the Griersons acquired the lands of Lag, which became the principal seat of the clan chiefs. Gilbert Grierson is described in a charter dating from 1420 as armour bearer to the Earl of Douglas. Gilbert married Janet, daughter of Sir Simon Glendinning, whose mother was Mary Douglas, daughter of the fourth Earl of Douglas and Princess Margaret. These royal connections secured the early fortunes of the Griersons. In 1460 Vedast Grierson built a strong tower at Lag."

1]] Here is a photo of the Lag Tower, Dumfriess Scotland that our ancestor Sir Vedast GRIERSON is known to have built--- (The ruins of Lag Tower, historic seat of the chiefs of Clan Grierson. Photo by David Purchase) [[1]]

Sir Vedast Grierson, 3rd Lord of Lag. Born: 1415 in Lag, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Died: 1487 at Lag, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

Father: Gilbert Grierson. Mother: Isabella DeKirkpatrick.

Spouse: Margaret Glendonwyn. Married: 1438 in Scotland.

Vedast Grierson was the 3rd Lord of Lag. The eldest son, he built Lag Tower in 1460. He also got sasine of Bordlands (1465), charter of Glencairn (1467), sasine of Windiehill (1468), and charter of Rocail (1473) from Duke of Albany, and charter of Drumjoan (1475) from the King. The inventory of Rockhall writs includes the following: "Imprimis, a Precept by Isobell Kirkpatrick, Lady Rockhall, for infefting (((Infeft = Land-holding in Scotland was feudal, i.e. there was an overlord or superior and his vassal. Each time land changed hands, permission had to be obtained from the superior in the form of a 'precept' (letter). The letter was then shown to the 'bailie' (official) of the particular lands who then gave title to the new owner. This took place on the actual property, where the new owner was given a handful of earth and stone or if in a burgh, took hold of the handle of the door and thereby became 'infeft' or 'seised' in the property. An instrument of Sasine was then recorded in the Register of the county in which the land lay.))) Vedast Grierson, her son, in the lands of Rockhall, dated 4th May 1468." The Tower is just east of the town of Dunscore, the churchyard of which served as the ancient burying ground for the Griersons, including the infamous Laird of Lag. The churchyard where the "Laird of Lag" is buried is not the graveyard at Dunscore. He is buried at the "Old Dunscore Graveyard," several miles southeast of Dunscore, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The name Vedast cognate with the Old French "Vaast", as in Bishop Saint Vaast of Arras - one of the two Bishops who instructed Clovis in the Christian faith. by: Delbert Bauer (f-a-g memorial)

Children: Roger Grierson (1439 - 1488)

2]] April 1863 American Civil War, Col. Benjamin Grierson of the Illinois 6th Calvary Regiment during the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War. It ran from April 17 to May 2, 1863, as a diversion from Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's main attack plan on Vicksburg, Mississippi. (My g-grandfather, 2nd Lt. Russel Puntenney of the 33rd Illinois, rode with Grant)

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"Gilbert seems to have been the "Gilbrid" who led a migration from Glenorchy into Dumfriesshire (141 mile trek) in latter part of the 14th century. The birth date shown is actually his christening date". No such person ever existed!

"He was the second son of Malcolm MacGregor, he took the name "Grierson" in accordance with charter granted before 1400, by George de Dunbar, Earl of March" More nonsense, he did not take the name in accordance with a charter. The reference to the name was to prevent the land changing to another person without a new charter.

How much longer must we keep pushing this MacGregor nonsense. There is no historical reference to any connection with the MacGregors neither is there any genetic connection in the correct time frame. This is no more of a dispute that the Earth being round!

The Griersons were associated with the Douglas clan for centuries but no mention!

Lots of people are being led up the garden path by incorrect information.

Sarah Grierson is not addressed as Madame! She is Mrs Sarah Miller.

posted by Michael Grierson
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