is an old and honorable name. This statement is meant to include the
uncounted variations in spelling, some of the more frequently seen of
which are Dunwoody, Dunwoodie, Dinwoody, Dinwiddy, and Dunwody. In old
official documents the same man sometimes has his name spelled in more
than one way. Consistency in spelling is a modern innovation.
The Dinwiddie's were
a border clan, long chief proprietors in the parish of Applegarth,
Anandale, Dumfries-shire. Their earliest known chief was Alleyn Dinwithie
whose name is found on the roll of Scotsmen (for some unknown reason
called "Ragman's Roll") who submitted on honorable terms to
Edward I at the time of his invasion of Scotland in 1296. A later chief,
Thomas, was killed in the Dinwiddie Tower by the Jardines in 1503, and the
Jardines were credited with slaying the Laird of Dinwiddie in 1512 in the
streets of Edinburgh. In 1547 the Laird of Dunwoody with forty-four
followers was recorded as among those who gave allegiance to England.
Thanks to William
J Dinwiddie MSE for the sending in the following information and to
from where the information originated.
Dinwoodie family originated in Dumfrieshire, Scotland in the twelfth
century A.D. But like many Scottish families, it's members are now
scattered worldwide. This page is intended to provide historical and
genealogical information on the family. Also to provide links to relevant
topics and people.