Crest: A crescent
Motto: Gradatim Plena (Full by degrees)
Origin of Name: Territorial, from lands of same name in the Borders
Clan Chief: None, armigerous clan
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The surname Whitelaw, also seen as Whytelaw and Whytlaw, is of territorial origin, coming from the lands of Whitelaw, in the parish of Morebattle. In the parish of Bowden in Roxburghshire, there was also the barony of Whitelaw.
In 1296, John de Wytelowe, of the county of Edneburk, pledged his allegiance to England’s Edward I by signing, along with many other Scottish nobles, the Ragman Roll. His seal showed a seved-leaved flower and his name, S’ Joh’s de Vitlav.
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