If you wish to see the original image (photographed recently in
2002) from the University Library Aberdeen click
The above reproduction (kindly supplied by
Margaret Phillips, Australia) and drawn by her late mother Jean Christina
Dumbreck, shows:- Argent, wolf passant, sable, transfixed with a sword proper,
within a bordure gules - Crest, a dexter hand holding a sword in pale and on the
point thereof a boars head couped proper - Motto "Nocentes Prosequor".
SYMBOLISMS OF HERALDRY
The Wolf: is
a very ancient and uncommon bearing. It is said to denote those valiant
captains that do in the end gain their attempts after long sieges and hard
The Sword: is a weapon fitted for execution
The Hand: is
a pledge of faith and sincerity.
The Boar: this wild animal takes a great
deal of its symbolic significance from Norse mythology, and to it were
attributed the qualities of courage and fertility. Over the centuries, the
boar has become associated with bravery and perseverance.
The Dumbreck "clan" would appear to have been
first mentioned near Ellon in Aberdeenshire around 1348 and in fact the site
where the Dumbreck Castle stood can still be seen at Mains of Dumbreck Farm near
Pitmedden. Click here to see the location
map of the Castle.
There are several other Dumbreck place names
in Scotland. Probably the best known is the residential area of Glasgow on the south side of the
river Clyde between Ibrox and Bellaheuston. This took its name from the house known as Dumbreck House built about 1770, and at
one time was the residence of Alexander Dumbreck a sugar refiner in Glasgow.
The land belonging to it must have been of considerable extent as part of the area
is still called Dumbreck.
Other Dumbreck names to be found are, a hill in the
Campsie Fells north of Strathblane, Glasgow and the DUMBRECK NATURE RESERVE, situated in the central belt of
Scotland in the Kelvin Valley, the
Dumbreck Marsh is one of a series of wetlands that lie in the flood plain of the River
Kelvin which supports a large bird population.. The reserve is a good place for both bird watching and nature walks.
For further information on the KELVIN VALLEY see Links
of Interest page.
A short history of the DUMBRECK'S of ABERDEENSHIRE
and MORAYSHIRE can be viewed on
the historical info page.
A family tree has been created starting
with an entry of John Dumbreck, Baron of Barmuckity circa 1460 and has been developed to include names of family members from then 'til the
present time. Obviously as further information is gathered this
family tree will expand and will become more informative.
Should you wish to view any part of the
family tree CLICK HERE.
This will enable you to decide where to start looking.
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