Don

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Don is a Scottish family or kin-group which does not have a chief recognised by the Lord Lyon and is therefore considered an armigerous clan.

Arms of Don of Newton as illustrated in Nisbet's System of Heraldry (1722)

Overview

Probably derived from the Anglo-Saxon word 'don' or 'dun' which means an open valley or plain. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 383</ref> It was listed as a common surname in the Mar district near Aberdeen. A prominent family with this name had lands in Monteith in Perthshire.

This Perthshire family produced Sir Alexander Don of Newton, later Newton Don, who bought a Barony of Nova Scotia in 1667.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 383</ref> Sir Aexander Don married into the Cunningham family who were Earls of Glencairn and their son was MP for Roxburghshire.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 383</ref>

The family married into the Wauchopes of Niddrie, who were Edinburgh aristocracy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 383</ref>

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