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This surname of WESTWATER is of local origin from some small place probably in the west of Fife. The place may now be extinct. Early records of the name mention John Westwalter, who was a friar of Culross, and he appears again in 1569 as John Vestualter, friar and notary of the monastery of Culross. Andrew Westwater is recorded in Dumfermline in 1584, and William Westwater in Erniesyde in the parish of Glendovan in 1617. 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. Later instances of the name mention Cristian Westwater who was placed on the stool of repentance in Kirkcaldy in 1640 and May Westwater was in record in the parish of Torphichen in 1680. Alexander McDonald Westwater, Church of Scotland missionary in Manchuria, died in 1934. 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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