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Logie Family History & Ancestry

Family Crest Motto: TAM MARTE QUAM ARTE (As much by war as by skill)

Let me share with you the captivating history of your family, the Logies, and their Scottish lineage. The name Logie is often mistaken for Logan, but it is a distinct territorial family with its own heraldry. The name derives from the Gaelic word “Lagaigh,” meaning ‘in the hollow.’ Logie represents a place of the hollow and is found in various Gaelic-speaking regions of Scotland, including Logie Buchan and Logie Coldstream in Aberdeenshire. However, your family name specifically originates from the settlement of Logie in Fife, near Dunfermline. In this location, a knightly landowner simply took his lands as his designation (de Logie), and over time, the “de” was forgotten.

The earliest Logie recorded in historical documents is Éogan de Logie (Ewen of Logie), who witnessed a legal document between 1204 and 1229. It is likely that all subsequent Logies descend from this family line. While Éogan’s exact ancestry remains unclear, there is no reason to suspect that his ancestors had not already settled in the Fife region for some time. The next generation mentions a Michael of Logie (1230-1240) and Walter de Logie (1231-1274). Another kinsman, John de Logie, is recorded as the master of the Cathedral of Dunblane.

Walter de Logie of Fife is listed on the Ragman Roll, which documents those who submitted to Edward I of England in 1296 after his invasion of Scotland. During this invasion, King John was defeated and expelled from the throne. William de Logyn and Malise de Lohgis were captured as part of the Scottish army and held as prisoners of war following the Battle of Dunbar. Sir John of Logy is mentioned in Sir David Dalrymple’s Annals of Scotland (1819) as one of the nobles who conspired with Edward II of England in 1320. Alexander Logy was admitted as a burgess of Aberdeen in 1457.

The arms described by heraldic authority Alexander Nisbet for Logie of that Ilk are ancient in form, suggesting their simplicity and early origin. However, these arms were never officially recorded in the Lyon registers. They consisted of alternating black and yellow wavy horizontal bars. In the mid-eighteenth century, William and Andrew Logie were notable merchants in Aberdeen, showcasing the family’s involvement in commerce.

It is remarkable to uncover the rich history and diverse individuals who bear the Logie name throughout the centuries.

With each discovery, the captivating history of the Logies unfolds before you, revealing the richness of your family’s heritage and the diverse individuals who have carried the name through the ages. From the ancient origins in the hollows of Fife to the bustling commerce of Aberdeen, the Logies have left their indelible mark on Scotland’s history. May this knowledge inspire you to embrace your family’s heritage with pride and continue to preserve and celebrate the legacy of the Logies for generations to come.

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