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Young Family History & Ancestry

Family Crest Motto: ROBORE PRUDENTIA PRAESTAT (Prudence Excels Strength)

Allow me to unveil the rich tapestry of your family’s history, where the name ‘Young’ takes on a deeply personal and descriptive meaning. Within your lineage, it might have been used to distinguish a father from a son, both bearing the same Christian name. In Scotland, this name took on the synonymous aspect of ‘Younger,’ signifying the heir to a feudal title. As the pages of history turn, you will find your family’s mark in various corners, and the stories of remarkable individuals who carried the Young name forward.

Centuries ago, John Young of Dingwall left his imprint as he witnessed a significant charter, demonstrating the enduring presence of your family. In the tapestry of the past, another figure, Alexander Young, emerges as a chaplain to the church of the Holy Trinity at Aberdeen in 1439, adding a touch of reverence to your lineage.

Amidst the annals, the figure of Peter Young comes to life, born in Dundee in 1544, the son of a merchant. Peter’s journey took an extraordinary turn when, in 1569, he was entrusted with the role of tutor to the young James VI, under the recommendation of the Regent Moray. This pivotal role blossomed into a lifelong connection with the king, as Peter became Almoner to James VI. A series of embassies and royal favor paved the way, culminating in his knighthood at Whitehall in 1605. Your ancestral path expanded as Sir Peter’s family flourished under the patronage of royalty, with his son Peter serving as an ambassador to King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden in 1628.

Sir Peter Young’s legacy outshined his own time, transcending his pupil’s, James VI, reign by three years. His departure in January 1628 left a void, but his legacy continued through his eldest son, Sir James. The lands in Ireland extended your family’s reach, marking your presence in Antrim, Tyrone, Down, and Londonderry. Your family’s roots entwined with others, as marriages tied your destiny with notable names like Forbes of Craigievar and Grahame of Claverhouse.

The chapters of your family’s story took a turn, and the ancestral estate at Easter Seton was exchanged for the lands of Auldbar in 1670. Yet, as history ebbs and flows, the estate eventually passed on to new hands in 1743. Amidst the tapestry of time, your family’s influence reached even farther. Brigadier Peter Young emerged as a distinguished soldier, a military historian, and the founder of the Sealed Knot Society, a society dedicated to studying the English Civil War and the Scottish Wars of the Covenant. His journey connected with your family’s legacy, weaving a thread of continuity between the present and the past.

Throughout your family’s history, from the early days of Scotland to the modern era, there lies a remarkable tale of individuals who bore the name ‘Young’ with honor and purpose. The narrative is one of resilience, service, and the pursuit of knowledge. The connection to the Stewart monarchs and the threads that tie your family’s story to significant events remind us of the enduring spirit and significance of the Young name.

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Family Crest Motto: ROBORE PRUDENTIA PRAESTAT (Prudence Excels Strength)

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