Clan Skirving History

The surname Skirving, or Skirven, was once one of the most commonly found names in the parish of Haddington, East Lothian, in the 1700s.

At the Battle of Flodden in 1513, ‘Black John Skirving’ was said to have been the standard bearer for William Keith, 3rd Earl Marischal (d.1530).

Alexander Skirving, burgess in Edinburgh, his son Patrick was recorded as being his heir in 1667.

The secretary to the Scottish Friends of the People, William Skirving, was sentenced to transportation for fourteen years in 1793 by the notorious judge Robert Macqueen, Lord Braxfield (1722-1799).

The song ‘Hey, Johnnie Cope’ was wrongly accredited to Adam Skirving, an East Lothian farmer and author of the lesser known song ‘Tranent Muir’.

In 1813, there is record of a George Skirving, portioner of Melrose.

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