Clan Schaw History
Clan Schaw is a Lowland clan, and is of territorial origin. It is not connected at all to the Highland Clan Shaw.
The lands of Aldhus were given to the monks of Paisley, and this was witnessed by John de Schau in 1284, and in the same year he also witnessed Godfidus de Ros handing over the village of Stewardton, also to the monks of Paisley.
A confirmation charter by James the Seneschal of Scotland to the church of Paisley was witnessed, in 1294, by William de Schaw.
In 1296, Symon del Schawe, Fegus del Shawe, and William del Shawe, all designated “of the county of Lanark” paid allegiance to England’s Edward I by signing the Ragman Roll.
In Dundee, in 1331, John de Schawe was burgess of the city, and there is record that James de le Schaw received payment from the monks of Melrose in 1409.
A notarial attestation of the ‘sponsalia’, or marriage settlement, of James Stewart (son of James III, and future James IV), to Lady Cecilia in 1474.
There are records of a George Schaw of Craiginbae in 1606, and in 1711 of a James Shau in Castletoun Miln.
Those families of this name, whose origin comes from the south of Scotland, are mostly found in the Kirkcudbrightshire, Ayrshire, Strathclyde, and Stirlingshire areas.
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