Clan Sempill

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Welcome to Clan Sempill

Clan Sempill Team
Team Leader
Team MembersThom Anderson, Marty Acks
Debbie Bellman

Clan Chief: The Rt. Hon. The Lord Sempill, James William Stuart Whitmore Sempill, The 21st Lord Sempill, Chief of the Name and Arms of Sempill.

Crest: A stag’s head Argent attired with ten tynes Azure and collared with a prince’s crown Or

Motto: Keep Tryst

Slogan/War Cry:
Region: Lowlands
Historic Seat: Castle Sempill, Renfrewshire (current seat Craigievar Castle)
Plant badge:
Pipe music:
Gaelic name:
District: Renfrewshire


Names associated with the clan:

In addition to Sempill, recorded variants include: Semple, Sample, Samples, Simpole, Simble, and Sambell.

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 Sempill together with members bearing the name Sempill, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan Sempill.

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



Clan History

The family descended from Robert Semple of Ellerston in Renfrewshire, 1250. SEMPLE is a contraction of St. Paul.[1]

Clan Branches

  1. Balgreen
  2. Beltrees
  3. Blackburn
  4. Bruntchells
  5. Cathcart
  6. Millbank
  7. Fullwood

Registered Arms and Bearings

  1. Arg. a chevron chequy gu. and of the first between three hunting-horns sa., garnished of the second. Lord Sempill (1st matric. 1576-7).[2]
  2. Arg. a chevron chequy gu. and of the first between three hunting-horns sa., garnished of the second, all within a bordure of the third charged with eight crescents or. James Sempill, merchant, Stockholm (1627)[3]
  3. Arg. a chevron chequy gu. and of the firld between three hunting-horns sa., garnished and stinged of the second (1st and 4ht quarters). Lord Sempill (2nd matric. 1885)[4]
  4. Arg. a chevron chequy gu. and of the first between three hunting-horns sa., garnished of the second, within a bordure of the sama (2nd and 3rd quarters for Semple). Suttie of Balgone (1732).[5]
  5. Arg. a chevron chequy gu. and of the first between three hunting-horns sa., in chief three gilly flowers of the second, Semple of Beltrees (1672-7).[6]
  6. Az. a cross patée fitchée or between three bears' deads couped arg., muzzled gu. (2nd and 3rd quarters). Lor Sempill (2nd matric. 1885)[7]

Other Names Associated with the Clan

Allied Clans

The Semples fought on behalf of Clan Montgomery, with whom they had intermarried, in their feud with the Cunninghams.

Rival Clans

Lennox feud Glen of Bar Eglenton Buir of Caldwell Cuningham of Craigends

Clan Research and Free Space Pages

Source Material

Image Credits and Acknowledgements

Information below this line should be summarized and incorporated into this Team page. Detailed information should be moved to additional Clan pages.


* Craigievar Castle is the current seat of the chief of Clan Sempill.

* Castle Sempill was an earlier seat of the chief.


  1. Sims, Clifford Stanley. "The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames with a Vocabulary of Christian Names', Albany, NY: , 1862 p. 90
  2. p. 46 no. 656
  3. p. 46 no. 657
  4. p. 51 no. 734
  5. p. 51 no. 739
  6. p. 62 no. 914
  7. p. 113 no. 1673

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