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Glas


A common surname of long ago which is derived from the Gaelic  adjective,  glas, meaning 'grey'  This name is of Scottish descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a Glass of Ascog in Bute, who was one of the families locally called barons from the fifteenth century till recently.Alexander Glass had a grant of half of the lands of Langilculcreich in Bute in the year 1506.  Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. Other examples of this name were found in the person of John Glass who was a 'butcher' in Elgin in record in 1674 and Rev. John Glass, minister of Tealing, was the founder of the religious body known as ' Glassites ' and later Sandemanians.


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