a surname originally English, and evidently derived from ands of that
name. According to Edmund Howe’s History of England (p. 153),
Ingelramus de Gourlay accompanied William the Lion to Scotland about
1174, after his captivity, and is mentioned in a charter by that
monarch about 1200. He was the progenitor of all the Scottish Gourlays.
His son, Hugo de Gourlay, appears to have been possessed of lands both
in Fife and the Lothians, and his descendants were styled of Kincraig,
in the parish of Kilconquhar in the former county, an estate which
still belongs to the family. The name of his great-grandson, William
de Gourlay de Bagally, is mentioned in the Ragman Roll, as one of
those barons who swore fealty to Edward the First of England, in 1296.