Posted by Thomas Payne Gourlay on December 27, 19100 at 16:06:05:
In Reply to: Gourlay posted by Delaney on September 03, 1999 at 13:28:00:
: My grandmother always said we had Scottish lines. Not that I doubt her or anything, but I seem to be unable to find the Gourlay name under any of the clans or families. If anyone could point me to a site or a book that can give me the information I need I would be very thatnkful. I have been able to find the Anderson lines, but that still does not mean that she was right. Thank you for any help you can give.
I was recently to Scotland visiting Edinburgh where I too inquired about a tartan for the name Gourlay. According to people in the know, and viewing different books it seems there is no tartan for the Gourlay name. From what I was to find it seems as though we might have somehow been associated with the name Gordon and we would come under their tartan. The name Gourlay breaks down to mean the following. "Gour" meaning field and "lay" meaning triangular. Our name is derived from a place, meaning a triangular field. In the olden days this was a way of how surnames came about, among others. I hope this info helps in your search re: a tartan.
Thomas P. Gourlay
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