This surname MacGRUAR now shortened to Grewer and Grewar is found principally in the south of Perthshire, about Glenartney, and it was common in Dunblane and Doune in the 17th and 18th centuries. The family of the North as a sept are merged mostly in the Frasers and adjoining clans. Other spellings of the name include MacGRUER, MacGROUGHTER, MacGROWTHER, MacCRITER and McHRUDDER. The earliest recorded of the name is Gilawnane McCrouder, who was witness to a charter in 1447, and Gilbert McGrevar was a tenant of Dowart, Stragarta in 1499. 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'. Duncan M'Rudder was a witness in Perth in 1547, and Alexander M'Gruder held the parsonage of Lochals in 1550. John McGrader (arrow-maker) in Blainrowar was fined in 1613 for reset (receiver or concealer of stolen goods) of Clan Gregor. 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. 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.
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