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Clan Dalgleish


DALGLEISH; The name is found in various phonetic spellings, and all are from the same territorial origin in the lands of Dalgleish, above the sources of the Tima Water in Ettrick, Selkirkshire. These lands were, reputedly, named 'de l'eglise' from some early association with the church,(eccles = church) and whereof Symon de Dalgles in 1407 witnessed a charter by Robert, Duke of Albany, in favour of John de Hawdene of the lands of Hawdene and Yethame. Simon of Dalgles, probably a son of Symon, was canon and prebend of Askirk in 1448 and Sir William de Dalgles was steward to the bishop of Glasgow in 1452, afterwards holding the same office under the king. Towards the end of the 15th century (1494) John Dalgleis of that Ilk and others of the name, c.1507, received remission (pardon) for their wrong doings, and such are typical entries in the public record regarding many of the name who, about that time, were consistently at odds with authority. It may be that the John Dalglese hanged in 1510 for being concerned in the burning of Branxholm and Ancrum, was the same person noted above. Ninian Dalgles was prebendary of Bothwell in 1503. Some of the name also became early established in Perthshire and Fife where James Daugleich was member of an assize at Cupar in 1521, and Lawrence Dalgleish was a bailie of Dunfermline in 1556. Here also were established the Dalgleishes of Tinnygask, of whom it is said: "they successfully avoided any distinction". When James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, was implicated in the savage explosion which killed Henry, Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots, George Dalgleish, his confidential servant, was hanged and quartered for his part the affair.


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