Change Date: 4 NOV 2005
Sister of John de Dundemor, lordof Dundemor, Fife, co-Regent of Scotland during minority of Alexander III.
Dunsmore comes from Dundemore, an old Pictish family that lived on the soutjhern slope of Norman's Law, a tall hill on the river Tay in northern Fife. The farm there is now called Denmuir. See Black's "Surnames of Scotland" for early references to the family name and some of its variations.
Dunmore was a cylindrical fort at this site, but it is now just a few rocks in as pile. Dun meant fort and more meant strong.
The family was there in the 12th century and way back into history. Sir John de Dundemore was the best known of the group. He was a regent to Alexander III in his minority.
- John Moncrieffe