Dunmuir

Recorded as Dunmore, Dunmuir, Dunsmore, Dunsmuir, Dunsmure and Dinsmore this is a Scottish surname. It is of tterritorial origin from the old estate known as 'The lands of Dundemore' near the village of Lindores, in the former kingdom of Fife. The component elements of the placename are believed to be the Old Gaelic "dundh", meaning a fort, plus "mor", a bog or extensive waste land. In 1248 Henry de Dundemore, (see below), made an agreement known as a 'controversy' with the monks of Lindores concerning the service in the chapel of Dundemor, and circa 1250, he witnessed the gift of one piece of silver annually to the monastery of Arbroath. Sir John de Dundemore was a regent during the reign of King Alexander 111rd of Scotland, (1249-1286), and Patrick de Dundemer of Fifeshire rendered homage in 1296 to the government of John Balliol. Richard de Dunmore was juror on an inquest at Perth in 1305, and Lord Charles Murray, (1660-1710), was created first Earl of Dunmore in 1686. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry de Dundemore. He was a charter witness, in the Register of Arbroath Abbey in 1219, during the reign of King Alexander 11nd of Scotland, 1214 - 1249. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Nanaimo — For other uses, see Nanaimo (disambiguation). City of Nanaimo Nanaimo …   Wikipedia

  • Dunsmore — is a name with a separate origin in Scotland and England. Dunsmore as a Scots place name and surname Dunsmore is a surname of Scottish origin predating its first written mention in the Chartulary of the abbey of Lindores in 1198. The 1296 Ragman… …   Wikipedia

  • Dinsmore — This name, with variant spellings Dunmuir, Dunsmore, Dunsmuir, Dunsmure and Dinsmore is of Scottish territorial origin from the old lands of Dundemore near Lindores, Fife. The component elements of the placename are believed to be the Old Gaelic… …   Surnames reference

  • Dunmore — This name, with variant spellings Dunmuir, Dunsmore, Dunsmuir, Dunsmure and Dinsmore is of Scottish territorial origin from the old lands of Dundemore near Lindores, Fife. The component elements of the placename are believed to be the Old Gaelic… …   Surnames reference

  • Dunsmore — This name, with variant spellings Dunmuir, Dunsmore, Dunsmuir, Dunsmure and Dinsmore is of Scottish territorial origin from the old lands of Dundemore near Lindores, Fife. The component elements of the placename are believed to be the Old Gaelic… …   Surnames reference

  • Dunsmuir — An Olde Scottish location name from the lands of Dunsmure in Fife. The original meaning of the name was the dweller at the cultivated lands by the moor (Anglo Saxon pre 7th century). In the 17th century many of the Dunsmores emigrated to… …   Surnames reference

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.