Name: Undwin 1
Occupation: Saxon noble
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Change Date: 24 AUG 2005
The Maxwell family can be traced back to Undwin and his son Maccus in the eleventh century; Maccus gave his name to the barony of Maccuswell, or Maxwell. His grandson, John de Maccuswell (d.1241), was first Lord Maxwell of Caerlaverock.
The founder of the Maxwell family is said to have been a certain Maccus, the son of Undwin, a Saxon noble, who at the Norman Conquest took refuge in Scotland. He was a distinguished person in the reigns of Alexander I. and David I., and received from the latter a grant of fertile lands on the banks of the Tweed, near Kelso, which from him received the appellation of Maccuswell, and, abbreviated into Maxwell, became the designation of his descendants. He witnessed an inquest which David ordered to be made about the year 1116.
- Text: University of Hull
Landed Family and Estate Papers Subject Guide
- Type: Book
Periodical: The Great Historic Families of Scotland
Author: James Taylor, M.A., D.D., F.S.A