Highland Clans “D – G”

July 11, 2009


The most famous Dunbar was the wife of the 9th Earl “Black Agnes” who successfully
defended the castle in 1337.


From the gaelic form of Duncan, Donnchach


An ancient family who took their name from lands in West Lothian.


This Highland clan took its name from lands in Aberdeenshire


The Elliots of Redheugh were Captains of Hermitage Castle.


The name was taken from the estates, The Barony of Erskine
“green rising ground” in Renfrewshire.


A varient of Fearchar “the dear one” a popular gaelic forename
Barrie, Vrebner, Christie, Coates, Coutts, Farquhar, Findlay, Findlayson, Finlay, Finlayson, Gracie, Greusach, Hardie, Hardy, Kellas, Lyon, MacCaig, MacDardney, Macartney, MacCuaig, MacEarachar, MacFarquhar, Machardie, machardy, MacKerchar, MacKerracher, Mackindlay, Mackinlay, Paterson, Reoch, Riach, Tawse


Is an extremely common Celtic name. The oldrest branch of the family came from Kilkerran in Aryshire, Scotland. The most famous Ferguson’s are Fergus macErc, the founder of Dalriada, and a 12 century Prince of Galloway, who built Dundreannan Abby.

Fergus, Ferries, Hardie, MacAdie, MacFergus, MacKerras, MacKersey


A territorial name from the gaelic word forda “a field”

Bannerman, Fordyce, Michie.


Forrester, Forester, Foristar, Forrister, Forrest, Forest, Forster, Forstar, Foster, Fostar,
Corstorphine, Carstarphen


Probably from the gaelic word for man of Peace “Fearsithe”


Most historians believe the Frasers came from France. It’s earliest form was de Frisselle or de Fresel.
The first recorded bearer of the name was Sir Simon Frasee, held lands in East Lothian.
In 1160 Symon Fraser gave a large donation to the Abbey of Kelso.

Bisset, Brewster, Cowie, Frew, Frissell, Frizell, Macgruer, Macimmey, MacKim, MacKimmie, MacShimes, MacSimon, MacSymon, MacTavish, Oliver, Sim, Sime, Simon, Simpson, Sims, Simson, Syme, Symon, Twaddle, Tweedie

Fraser as a first name dates back to the early 20th century.


The name means “forwigh Briton”


Pronounced – Gil-ees
An ecclesiastical name meaning ‘Servant’ or ‘Follower’. It is thought it referres to a monk.
From the Gaelic words Gille losa – servant of Jesus.
1128, Gillise witnessed a royal charter of the Holyrood Abby
1264 – Gylis, son of Angus the shoemaker paid homage to the Prior of St. Andrews
The name is said to have evolved into Elias in the 18th century but has once again become Gillies.


The name Gor – dun meaning “hill-fort” The family probably came from France

The power of the chiefs of clan Gordon can be seen in their nick name
“The Cock o’ the North’

The use of the name as a first name was inspired by:
The bravery of General Gordon at the Siege of Khartoum in 1884 – 1885
The poet George Gordon better known as Lord Byron

Adam, Adamson, Addie, Adie, Addison, Aiken, Aitchison, Atkin, Atkins, Atkinson, Badenoch, Barrie, Connor, Connon, Craig, Cromb, Crombie, Cullen, Culane, Darg, Darge, Dorward, Duff, Durward, Eadie, Eddie, Edie, Edison, Esslemont, Garden, Gardiner, Gardner, Garioch, Garrick, Garroick, Geddes, Gerrie, Huntley, Huntly, Jessiman, Jopp, Jupp, Laing, Lang, Laurie, Lawrie, Leng, Ling, MacAdam, Mallett, Manteach, Marr, Maver, Meldrum, Mill, Mills, Milles, Miln, Milne, Milner, More, Morrice, Muir, Mylne, Steel, Teal, Tod, Todd, Troup.


The Elliots of Redheugh were Captains of Hermitage Castle.



There are several thoughts on where the name came from:
It is thought to come from an English manor called Graegham (grey house).
Derived from Grantham in Lincolnshire. The literal meaning being from the Old English grand (gravel) ham (homestead)
The spelling Graeme comes from a family legend.
A Caledonian warrior named Gram or Gramus led a raiding party against the Romans, breaking down a section of the Antonine Wall. Thus the area became known as ‘Graeme’s Dyke’.

The marriage of the Grahams into the Strathearn family provided their principal estate, Aughterarder. It is thought the family has Anglo-Norman roots. The clan distingusihed themselves on the battlefield. John Graham of Clavenhouse was called by many of his enemies.”Bloody Clavers”

Airth , Allardice, Allardyce, Bonar, Bonnar, Bontein, Bontine, Buntain, Bunten, Buntine, Bunting, Graeme, Grahame, Grahym, Grim, Grymn, Hadden, Haldane, Macgibbon, Macgilvernock, Macgrime, Maharg, Menteith, Monteith, Pitcairn, Pye, Pyott.


Grant is from the French word ‘grand’ (great or tall) introduced by the Normans.
The clan is associated with an ancient clan from Inverness.

Allan, Allen, Bisset, Bissett, Bowie, Buie,
Gilroy, MacAllan, Macgilroy, MacIlroy, MacKerran, MacKiaran, MacKessock, Pratt and Suttie


Gallie, Gaunson, Georgeson, Henderson, Jameson, Jamieson, Johnson, Kean, Keens, MacComas, MacCorkill, MacCorkle, maclan, MacKames, MacKeamish, MacKean, MacRob, MacWilliam, Mann, Manson, Nelson, Robinson, Robson, Sandison, Swanson, Williamson, Wilson


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