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Glendinning are a Scottish family or kin-group who do not have a recognised chief and are therefore considered an armigerous clan.


This is a family who take their name from lands in Teviotdale and Dumfries. <ref>George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire, Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia, 397</ref> It was originally called Glendonwyne, meaning 'place of the white fort'. <ref>David Dorward, Dictionary of Scottish Surnames, 117</ref> There were 'Glendonwynes of that Ilk' until the eighteenth century.<ref>David Dorward, Dictionary of Scottish Surnames, 117</ref>

Middle Ages

Black states that a charter was granted to Adam de Glendonwyn during the reign of Alexander III. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 397</ref> Nicholas of Glendonwyn is described as 'Dominus' or 'Lord' during the 1260's. <ref>PoMS (accessed 28th June 2014</ref>

Sir Adam de Glendonwyn supported Robert the Bruce and travelled to the Middle East with Sir James Douglas to take the heart of King Robert on pilgrimage.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 397</ref>

Sir Simon de Gledonwyn died at the Battle of Otterburn in 1388 supporting the Earl of Douglas.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 397</ref> His brother, Matthew, became Bishop of Glasgow in 1388. <ref> (accessed 28th May 2014) </ref>

A later Sir Simon was a favourite of James II (1430-1460) and extended the family lands. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 398</ref> The family also became hereditary barons of Eskdale.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 398</ref> In 1498 they gained the barony of Parton in the Stewartry of Kirkudbrightshire and this became associated with the main family.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 398</ref>

Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

In 1504 a Bartholemew Glendinning is recorded as a victim of theft. <ref>Dorward, Surnames, 117</ref>


There is a Glendinning Family website and genealogy project: