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This surname of TWEDT is a corruption of the name TWEED, which were an old Peebleshire family, and according to a favourite mythic story, the first of the name was the child of a species of water spirit or genius of the Tweed, hence their name. However, the truth of the story is that the name is derived from the lands of Tweedie, in the parish of Stonehouse, Lanarkshire. There are numerous variants of the name which include TWEDY, TUEDY, TUEDYE, TWEEDDY, TWEDIE, TWEDYN, TWYDDIE and TUEDV, to name but a few. Finlay de Twedyn of Lanarkshire, rendered homage in 1296. Roger, son of Finlay of Twydyn had a charter of the house and lands of Drumlezier in 1320. After three hundred years the family lost them in the reign of Carles I. William de Twidy was a charter witness in 1370, and James of Twedy witnessed a charter in Dalkeith in 1390. Elizabeth Twedy held a tenement in Glasgow in 1550. The Tweedies had a reputation of being a savage race, and at the close of 1592 they reverted to their true character. An entry in a Record states that 'they had perpetrated quite a deliberate murder as that committed by them two years previously near the Castle of Neidpath' their victim was of the Geddes family, with whom they had been at feud. They are a branch of the Clan Frazer, and the name was taken by settlers to Ireland in the early seventeenth century. The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did. From 1759 to 1776 there was a constant flow of emigrants from the Highlands to North America. Between 1763 and 1775 alone, it is estimated that about 20,000 Highlanders left Scotland for the New World. Highland emigrants in their new American homes freely wore the highland dress, and were not forbidden the music of the 'piob-mhor' which was at that period prohibited in the Highlands by Government as a 'weapon of war'. On the outbreak of the American War in 1775, not only were the Highlanders in America loyal to their mother-country, but they raised a regiment in her support (the 84th Royal Highland Emigrant Regiment). At the conclusion of the war, the Highlanders, resisting all offers made to them by the new nation, crossed the border and settled in Canada.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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