The surname of TULEY was a locational name 'of Tullo' the name of places in Angus, Kincardine and Aberdeenshire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The use of fixed surnames or descriptive names appears to have commenced in France about the year 1000, and such names were introduced into Scotland through the Normans a little over one hundred years later, although the custom of using them was by no means common for many years afterwards. During the reign of Malcolm Ceannmor (1057-1093) the latter directed his chief subjects, after the custom of other nations, to adopt surnames from their territorial possessions, and there created 'The first erlis that euir was in Scotland'. Early records of the name mention Thomas of Tillow, a priest and Andrew of Tullowe, who were granted safe conducts into England in 1424. David Tullie, portioner of Kynmouth in 1588. (A portioner was one who possessed part of a property which had been originally divided among co-heirs). The name is also spelt Tulley and Tullie. 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. Arms registered at Wetherall Abbey, County Cumberland.
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