Dickey Sept of the Douglas Clan

A sept of the Douglas family

The Dickey family was a Sept of the Douglas clan in Scotland. Other families, known as Septs, are related to the house of Douglas by kinship or by being close neighbours historically. Other names are added as Septs when persons from other families present reasonable evidence to support a historic relationship to the Douglas family. These recognitions and relationships make no pretense to establish a line of peerage or confirm any genealogical relationship.

The Douglas clan held lands in the Glasgow area where the Dickey ancestors lived. Further evidence that the Dickey's were Septs of the Douglas clan can be found in the heraldry of the Dickeys and the Douglases. One will notice that the shield of the Douglas knight has 2 stars across the top and a red heart. The Dickey family crest is black with a silver chevron, at the top, three five leafed flowers.

This similarity seems to suggest that the Dickey's sided with the Black Douglases, which is the senior branch of the Douglas Family. The Black Douglases trace descent from the early Douglases through their progenitor, William," le Hardi".

The author includes the chapter on the Douglas clan to make some suggestions about the Dickey family. The station and place of our ancestors suggest that some of our fathers could and may have fought with the Douglas clan and taken part in the glory and bravery they displayed.

At the publishing of this book, the ancestral research stops at 1463 with our father Robert Dickey of Glasgow, Scotland. We find that he is a man of means and a business owner. Further research also shows family connections to the Kennedy and Auchincloss families, both of significant nobility. In the midst of a class society and feudal system, we can reasonability assume that the Dickey's played a part in the military and political affairs of this Scottish lowland clan.

At the time of Robert's birth we find the end of the Black Douglases and their power. Once James II had defeated the Black Douglases, with the aid of the Red Douglases, their political and military power was no more. The Red Douglases continued in power beyond the departure of our line of Dickey's near 1600.

For more information, please see the Clan Dickey website, from which the above was contributed.

 

 

This page was last updated on 29 June 2015

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