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
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.