The surname of GATHERER is a name of uncertain meaning. Gadderar of Cowford, were an ancient family in Moray. 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'. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Early records of the name mention Alexander Gadderar who is mentioned in a precept of 1521. Margaret Gadyrrer was a resident of Inverness in 1556 and James Gatherer was minister of Old Aberdeen in 1733.
The name was spelt as Gadderare in 1556, Gatherar in 1546 and Gadderer in 1672.
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