Clan Grierson

Clan Grierson
Crest badge
Clan member crest badge - Clan Grierson.svg
Crest: A fetterlock Argent
Motto: Hoc securior
Region Lowlands
District Dumfriesshire

Grierson of Lag arms female.svg
Sarah Grierson of Lag,[1]
Chief of the Name and Arms of Grierson.[2]
Historic seat Lag Tower

The name Grierson originates from the Scottish lowlands.

The surname Grierson is a modern spelling of the medieval (circa 1408) surname Grerson[3]. states that it is a patronymic form of the medieval Scottish personal name Grier which is a form of the personal name Gregory, but provides no source for this.[4] The chiefly line, the Griersons of Lag, claim to be descended from Gilbert, second son of Malcolm, dominus of MacGregor who died in about 1374.[5] However, Furguson claims there is no proof that the Griersons are descended from the MacGregors.[6] The principal seat of the Griersons was Lag, which was obtained in about 1408.[7] George Dunbar, Earl of March resigned the lands of Dalgarnock in Dumfriesshire to Gilbert Grierson of Lag sometime before 1418.[8]

The current Chief of the name Grierson, and a member of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs.[9] is Sarah Grierson of Lag,[10][11] the first female to hold this role in an unbroken line from the family of Grierson of Lag.

The crest badge of a clan member of the Griersons contains the Latin motto: HOC SECURIOR[7] which may be translated as "Safer by This".

see also


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  3. ^ Bannatyne Club: Registrum Honoris de Morton, Vol. I, Original Papers, p. 204, no. 216
  4. ^ "Grierson Name Meaning and History". Retrieved 2008-04-22. ; see also "Grier Name Meaning and History". Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  5. ^ George F. Black; The Surnames of Scotland; 1946 New York Library; 1999 Birlinn Limited, Edinburgh; pp. 382
  6. ^ George F. Black; The Surnames of Scotland; 1946 New York Library; 1999 Birlinn Limited, Edinburgh; pp. 382
  7. ^ a b "Clan Grierson". Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs ( Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  8. ^ The Lag Charters 1400-1720, No 3, Scottish Record Society
  9. ^ "The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs Members of the Standing Council". Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs ( Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
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