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Clan Beveridge

Clan Beveridge are a Scottish clan or kin- group who do not have a recognised chief and are therefore considered an armigerous clan


The name of this family, prominent in Fife is stated by Black to derive from an old English name, meaning 'Beaver Island'. <ref>George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire, Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia, 361</ref>

This is amply displayed in their coat of arms which shows two beavers standing on the sea. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 361</ref>

Middle Ages

In 1302 Walter Beverage is shown as a juror at an inquest in St Andrews. This is the first recorded use of the name. <ref>David Doward, Dictionary of Scottish Surnames, 19</ref>

David Beverage was cup bearer to James V in 1534.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 361</ref> The family remained prominent and acquired the estate of Brucefield in Fife.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 361</ref>

James Beverage attended the birth of James IV. <ref>Dorward, Surnames, 19</ref> Alex Baviridge was a monk at Culross in the mid-sixteenth century. <ref>Dorward, Surnames, 19</ref> The name is today amongst the commonest in Fife. <ref>Dorward, Surnames, 19</ref>


James Beveridge was the collector of offshore dues in the Port of Leith and in 1821 his son, Samuel Beveridge, founded a legal practice which still serves the Port of Leith. In 1985 this law firm petitioned the Lord Lyon, King of Arms for a grant of arms in its own right and received a version of the two beavers standing on the sea, linking the firm symbolically with the family of its founder. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 361</ref>