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Clan Congilton

Clan Congilton is, or was, a Scottish kin-group without a chief, therefore considered an armigerous clan.


The name is associated with East Lothian around the parish of Direleton. Black states that the family may have come from Congilton in Cheshire and given their name to their new lands in Scotland. <ref>George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire, Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia, 373</ref>

Middle Ages

Robert de Congaltoun is listed as witnessing a charter in 1182.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 373</ref>

Walter de Congilton witnessed a charter of Dryburgh Abbey around 1224.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 373</ref>


As recorded in the Lyon Register the arms of this family have the simplicity expected of a very ancient family.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 373</ref> Nisbet records at least one cadet family, the Congiltons of Direlton.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 373</ref>

Seventeenth Century

The family appear to have still been active around Haddington in the late seventeenth century.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 373</ref> William Congilton was appointed a justice of the peace around this time. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 373</ref>