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Symington Coat of Arms / Symington Family Crest

Symington Coat of Arms / Symington Family Crest

The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burke's General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. (that Ilk, County Lanark). There is a village and parish of SYMINGTON in the Kyle district of Ayrshire, but the old family of SYMINGTON derive from SYMINGTON in the Upper Ward of Lanarkshire. The earliest of the name on record appears to be SYMON Loccard, ancestor of the Lockharts of Lee, who held both places in the latter half of the 12th century under the Stewarts. Between 1315-21 Robert I confirmed to Thomas filius Ricardi, all the barony of SYMUNDESTONE in the sherriffdom of Lanark. This Thomas was progenitor of the family of SYMINGTON of that Ilk. The family held the barony till towards the middle of the 17th century. John of SYMONTON of that Ilk appears as sheriff-depute of Lanark in 1478 and 1490. John of SYMENTON was a juror in Lanark in 1501. John SYMONTOUN was heir to his father in the barony of SYMONTOUN with the office of bailie of the barony of Dowglas and the captaincy of the castle, and other lands in 1612. 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. A notable member of the name was William SYMINGTON, who constructed and launched the first real steamship on the river Carron in the year 1789. Other spellings of the name include SYMMENTOUN, SYMMONTONE, SYMONTOUN and SYMONTOWN. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.

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