The surname of FLETCHER was an occupational name 'the fletcher' a maker and seller of arrows. In 1416 the pattern makers petitioned the House of Commons to have restored to them the use of 'a tymber called aspe' so that the Flecchers throughout the realm may sell their arrows at a more 'esy prise'. Early records of the name mention Ralph le Fleccer, 1273 County Norfolk. Robertus Fleger of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Stephanus Fletcher, 1379, ibid.
Though not of old-standing in Scotland, the Fletchers were among the most ancient and reputable of the English barons, those of Salton and Inverpeffer being direct descendants of Sir Bernard Fletcher of the county of York. John Flechyr held land in Roxburgh, circa 1338, and appears to be one of the earliest on record in Scotland. Henry Flesher was the burgess of Forfar in 1374, and Malcom Flescher was citizen of Brechin in 1482. Nicholas Flegair was documented as the chaplain in Arbroath in 1464. Archibald Flegger was recorded as a witness in Glasgow in the year 1539. Alba, the country which became Scotland, was once shared by four races; the Picts who controlled most of the land north of the Central Belt; the Britons, who had their capital at Dumbarton and held sway over the south west, including modern Cumbria; the Angles, who were Germanic in origin and annexed much of the Eastern Borders in the seventh century, and the Scots. The latter came to Alba from the north of Ireland late in the 5th century to establish a colony in present day Argyll, which they named Dalriada, after their homeland. The Latin name SCOTTI simply means a Gaelic speaker.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The arms are registered in Saltoun, Scotland.
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