weir clan

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There are several spelling variations for the Clan Weir surname. Throughout the centuries, surnames have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original Weir spelling. 

The Weir Clan Crest which, all members are entitled to wear, is from the crest on the top of the Clan Weir Chief’s “Coat of Arms”. The complete Weir Coat of Arms is displayed only by the Clan Chief and passes down directly to his eldest son. The wearing of your Clan Weir Chief’s Crest, is a way of honoring your Chief, your Clan association and your Scottish Family Ancestry.

We make this range of Clan Weir Crest Jewelry and Clan Weir Crest as your link to your Scottish bloodline. 

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Clan Chief:            Clan Weir is an Armigerous clan.

Origin of Name:    Derives from the Norman "Vere" (Dam) 

Gaelic Name:        Mac Amhaoir (Son of Veir)

Clan Crest:            A wild boar standing

Clan Motto:            Vero nihil verius (Nothing truer than truth)

Lands:                   Kelso

The name Weir derives from the Norman ‘Vere’, comes from the same Norse root as the old English ‘weir’ meaning ‘dam’. The name is found in Lanarkshire and other parts of Scotland.

The first mention of this name in Scottish history is a Ralph de Vere, (also referred to as Ralfredus de Vere and Baltredus de Vere ). Ralph fled to Scotland from England in 1165. His father Aubrey 1st Earl of Oxford supported the Normans, however Ralph was opposed to this and defected to the Flemish side over succession in England and control of Brittany. By opposing his father in these struggles, Ralph was disinherited.  Arriving in Scotland, he declared his allegiance to King William the Lion and at the Battle of Alnwick in 1174, was captured alongside the king. He witnessed a charter by King William 1 of lands in the bishopric of Moray sometime between 1174 and 1184. He also donated land to the Abbey of Kelso, his brother Robert de Vere was a witness to this charter.

The Weirs of Blackwood in Lanarkshire, the principal Weir family, claim descent from Ralph de Vere. Richardus de Vere (also recorded as Richard Were) was proprietor of the lands and the barony of Blackwood,in 1296. The baron of Blackwood is often called the ancestor of all Weirs and Wiers of Scotland.  He appears in the Ragman Roll, rendering homage to Edward 1 of England that same year. Thomas Weir of Blackwood b.1460 was the first in this direct line at Blackwood to use the Weir spelling consistently. In 1592 a century-old feud between the Weirs of Blackwood and the Veres of Stonebyres was ended when the Veres swore allegiance to James Weir of Blackwood and acknowledged him as their chief.

An infamous Weir was Major Thomas Weir, b. 1599, was appointed Captain of the Edinburgh town guard in 1641, then in 1649 formed the escort for the Marquis of Montrose when he was taken for execution. Later he became a fervent protestant preacher, with well-attended prayer meetings.  It was at one of these meetings that he suddenly confessed to witchcraft, bestiality and incest. As a result, he and his sister Jean were tried and found guilty of witchcraft. Weir was burned at to death, at Greenside, just off Leith Walk, and Jean his sister was hanged in the Grassmarket.

In 1733, Charles Hope, second son of the 1st Earl of Hopetoun, married Catherine Weir, heiress of the Weirs of Blackwood, and his family adopted the surname Hope-Weir, although it was later amended to Hope-Veir. Craigiehall, near Cramond in Midlothian, was the home of Charles and Catherine Hope-Weir.The bridge, grotto and bath house which the Hope-Weirs built can still be seen.

William Weir was founder of the Weir Group in Glasgow, and served as Secretary of State for Air during the First World War. In 1938, he was created Viscount Weir of Eastwood.

Tom Weir (1914-2006) was born in Glasgow. Tom was an eminent Scottish countryside author and outdoors specialist who presented the enormously successful television series, Weir’s Way.

The Weir Crest carries a wild boar standing and the proud Weir clan motto, “Vero nihil verius” meaning (Nothing truer than truth)

Our Scottish Heritage is the common bond that unites our Weir family name forever.

Septs/Spelling Variations of WEIR CLAN