The surname of MANDERSON was a locational name 'from the lands of Manderstoun' near Duns, Berwickshire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Archibald of Manderstoune and Wat of Manderstoune, were jurors on an inquisition against fishing on the Tweed in 1467. William of Mandirstoun of that Ilk witnessed a notarial instrument in 1478. Robert Manderstoune was accused of part in the murder of the abott of Culross in 1530. Bertholomew Manderstoun was recorded in 1536. Grissell Manderston is in recorded in 1682 and Robert Manderston was a merchant in Edinburgh in 1724. In England, the name was baptismal 'the son of Magnus' a corruption of Magnusson.
Early records of the name mention William Manderson and Anna Maria Marsh, who were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1804. 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. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
Registered in England.
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