The surname of GIBSON was a baptismal name 'the son of Gib'. Early records of the name mention Johun Gibson who surrendered the Castle of Rothesay in 1335, and Thomas Gibbeson was charged with breaking of parole in 1358. Thome Gibson held land in Dumfries in the year 1425, and David Gibsone was a charter witness in Glasgow in 1451. John Gibson, a Scottish merchant was granted a safe conduct to travel into England in the year 1473. John Gypsone was a tenant of the Bishop of Glasgow in 1514 and David Gibson was bailie of the burgh of Dysart in 1543. A notable member of the name was Edmund Gibson (1669-1748), the church jurist, born in Westmorland. He became bishop of Lincoln in 1716, and then of London in 1720. His aim was to reconcile the clergy and universities to the Hanovarian dynasty. 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 flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. 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. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Durie, Scotland.
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