The surname of DICKSON was a border surname. Thomas Dicson was the faithful follower of the Douglas in the surprise and capture of Castle Douglas on Palm Sunday in 1307. Williams Discoun witnessed a charter by John Skinner, the burgess of Inverness in 1360. Willelmus Dyksone of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. William Discon appears as Baillie of Aberdeen in the year 1398. Andrew Dicsoun held a land in Edinburgh in 1400. Henry Dikson, Scotsman, had a safe conduct into England in the year 1426. James Deykyson was the rector of Kirkbutho in 1472. Patric Dicson de Mersantone, granted a charter of land to his son and heir, Robert Dicson in 1427. Thomas Diksone was summoned in 1479, to answer to Parliament for treason and other crimes. Robert Dickson and Elizabeth Sanders were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1668. Edward Biges and Mary Dikson were married at the same church in 1669. John Dichison was recorded as a shoemaker in Aberdeen in 1721. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards.
Two brothers, Dickson of Montrose went to Sweden in the beginning of the nineteenth century and amassed great wealth.
A descendant, Oscar 1823-1897, made many gifts to science.
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