Kilgour Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Kilgour Name
Origins of Kilgour:
It is an old Scottish surname. It derives from a place known as ‘The lands of Kilgour’, near Falkland in the divisions of Fife, and it was once demande possibly in jest that ‘the surname was popular as far afield as Aberdeenshire’. The first noted holder of the surname was one Sir Thomas Kilgour, who in near the year 1538 was it seems a ‘merchant’ as well as being a minister at the parish of St. Thomas in the palace of Holyrood House. Possibly being a minister was only a part time job, and perhaps not too well paid, as Sir Thomas’s name shows regularly in the accounts for payments for ‘bear skins’. Just what he was doing with all these skins, unless he was selling them on, is a matter of opinion. Other records of the same time include David Kilgour of Lathrisk in 1555, and after that Alexander Kylgour who was noted as the heir to his father Alexander Kylgour of Nethill, in the year 1600. The surname seems to have developed a regular convey of churchmen. Amongst the many records are those of John Kilgour of the cathedral parish of Aberdeen in 1607, and a century or so later, that of Hamilton Kilgour, the minister of Collace, who passed away in 1777.
More common variations are: Kilgouer, Killgour, Kilgoure, Kilgor, Kilgur, Kilgore, Kelgour, Kilgoar, Killgor, Kilgora.
The surname Kilgour first appeared in Fife, where they held a family seat from very early times, some say well before the Norman Invasion and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD.
Many of the people with surname Kilgour had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Kilgour landed in the United States in the 19th century. Some of the people with the name Kilgour who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Joseph and Martha Kilgour settled with their four children settled in Barstable Massachusetts in 1822. Robert Kilgour, who arrived in New York, NY in 1833. George Kilgour arrived in San Francisco in 1850.
Some of the individuals with the surname Kilgour who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Seth Kilgour arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Lady Bute” in 1839. William Kilgour at the age of 39, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship “Oregon”. Christina Kilgour at the age of 24, who was a cook, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship “John Bunyan”. Wilhelmina S. Kilgour at the age of 28, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship “Melbourne”.
Some of the population with the surname Kilgour who arrived in New Zealand in the 19th century included William Kilgour landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840. John Kilgour at the age of 36, a plasterer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship “Olympus” in 1841. Margaret Kilgour at the age of 38, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship “Olympus” in 1841. William Kilgour at the age of 4, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship “Olympus” in 1841. Alexander Kilgour at the age of 45, who was a Cooper, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship “Slains Castle” in 1841
Here is the population distribution of the last name Kilgour: England 973; Canada 856; United States 698; Australia 652; New Zealand 450; Scotland 427; South Africa 201; France 86; Wales 56; United Arab Emirates 46.
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Kilgour Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Kilgour blazon are the dragon and crescent. The two main tinctures (colors) are sable and argent.
Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 1A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 2Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 3The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35.
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
Dragons have a long history in Heraldry and indeed have come to symbolise entire countries. Originally they were perhaps based on garbled descriptions of crocodiles given by returning travellers but soon developed a widely accepted representation. 6A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Griffin Wade suggests that their appearance signifies “a most valiant defender of treasure”, a trait of dragons that we are still familiar with today. 7The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P86
For easy recognition of the items on a coat of arms, and hence the quick identification of the owner, bold simple shapes are best. Hence, simple geometric shapes are often used for this purpose 8A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P146xz`, and the crescent Is a typical example of this, and can appear in any of the main heraldic tinctures. Some common is this device that there are special names for its appearance in various orientations – whilst it lies normally with points upward, the decrescent points to the sinister side, and the increscent to the dexter 9A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Moon. The allusion, obviously is to the shape of the moon in the sky (indeed, the French have a version “figuré” which includes a face!) and has been said to signify both “honour by the sovereign” and “hope of greater glory” 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P106.