The earliest recording of the true name of
Sandland I have is the early 16th century in
Worcestershire, England. There are also a number of
Sandland entries in IGI's from the mid 16th century, many
of them again in Worcestershire but some others in
Yorkshire and Shropshire.
Historian's Belief of the Sandland Name
Some historians believe that the name
of Sandland derived from that of Sandilands in
Scotland. However. I have not
yet been in receipt of any proof of this and, therefore,
still remain extremely sceptical about it's authenticity.
It is also
claimed that the name of Sandilands was one of
the many names of the people who settled in the
upper ward of Clydesdale, Scotland about the 12th
century. They became part of the Great House of
Douglas and were noted for their trustworthiness
and ability as warriors.
They were one of a few groups of
people who, after becoming part of the great Douglas Clan
(vassals), were able to retain their original name
There are still many people named Sandilands throughout the UK and are more prolific than
we that are named Sandland. From other researched heraldic information
the following has been found:
Sandilands, as a surname is derived from the
lands of Sandilands in the upper ward of Clydesdale,
which together with the lands of Redmyre, were confirmed
to James Sandilands by William, Lord Douglas, December 18th
Sir James Sandilands, the first of the name
on record, obtained a charter of the lands in the county
of Peebles from King David II, October 6th 1345, and
further grants from the same monarch of the baron of Wiston in Lanarkshire, and the castlewards of the same. He (Sir James Sandilands) was one of the attendants
chosen by William, Lord Douglas, to accompany him to
London in 1347. In October that year, King Edward III
granted safe-conduct for James Sandilands with two others
to come to England, bringing the necessities (food etc) to Sir William Douglas of Liddlesdale, then a prisoner in
the Tower of London; and in April 1348 there is a permit
for Sir James Sandilands, being then in London, to return
to their country (Scotland). There were other journeys of
a similar nature for James.
The barony of West Calder and the lands of Bengowre County, Edinburgh were bestowed upon James by
William, Lord Douglas, in free marriage with Eleanor de
Bruce, William's sister, to be held to them and their
heirs. Sir James Sandilands died in 1358.
There are many other heraldic records of the
Scottish Sandilands and still no direct link to the name
of Sandland has been found.
Do we of the Sandland name really
believe that we originated from Scotland??
Certainly not me!!
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