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Saunderson Coat of Arms / Saunderson Family Crest

Saunderson Coat of Arms / Saunderson Family Crest

The surname of SAUNDERSON was a baptismal name 'the son of Alexander' from the diminutive Sanders or Saunders; MacDonell of Glengarry are their Clan. Early records of the name mention Johannes Sandrison who was a witness in Kyncardyn, 1434. John Sanderson bought the temple lands of Lethindy in 1472. William Sanderisoone and Vmfra Sanderissone were summoned in 1479 to answer to parliament for treason. William Sanderson was bailie of Dornoch in 1603. Patrick Sandesoun was tenant of the marquis of Huntlie in the year 1607. Hereditary surnames, as opposed to identifying patronymics did not become established in the Shetlands until the 18th century. One family of Shetland Sandisons are descended from Alexander Harrison, born in 1700 at Delting, and another from Christopher Alexanderson who was born in 1681 at Northmarine, himself presumably the son of an Alexander. The first people in Scotland to acquire fixed surnames were the nobles and great landowners, who called themselves, or were called by others, after the lands they possessed. Surnames originating in this way are known as territorial. Formerly lords of baronies and regalities and farmers were inclined to magnify their importance and to sign letters and documents with the names of their baronies and farms instead of their Christian names and surnames. The abuse of this style of speech and writing was carried so far that an Act was passed in the Scots parliament in 1672 forbidding the practice and declaring that it was allowed only to noblemen and bishops to subscribe by their titles. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write, signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that 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.

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