WEDDELL, a surname
derived from the old parish of Wedale, the vale of woe, now the parish
of Stow, which is partly in Selkirkshire, but chiefly in Mid Lothian. It
anciently belonged to the bishops of St. Andrews, and a residence of
theirs on the site of what is now the village of Stow originated the
latter name, which in the Anglo-Saxon means a choice place, a select
station, and is the well-known designation of several localities in
England. Wedale early possessed the privilege of sanctuary, and the
black priest of Wedale was one of the three persons who enjoyed the
privileged law of the clan Macduff. John Harding, when instructing the
English king how to rule Scotland, advises him.
To send an hoste of footmen in,
At Lammesse next. Through all Lauderdale,
And Lammermore woods, and mosses over-rine,
And eke therewith the Stow of Wedale.
This comment system requires
you to be logged in through either a Disqus account or an
account you already have with Google, Twitter, Facebook or
Yahoo. In the event you don't have an account with any of these
companies then you can create an account with Disqus. All
comments are moderated so they won't display until the moderator
has approved your comment.