Clan Origin

Normandy Roots of Scottish Families This book by Archie McKerracher provides a fascinating insight into the migration of Normans to Scotland in the 11th & 12th centuries.

Scottish Origins

General Register Office for Scotland

This is the central registry for births, marriages and deaths in Scotland and contains parish and other records from 1553, as well as the 1883 census. It has a web site, which can be searched for data from 1553 to 1900, by surname, Christian name, parish, and by event, birth, christening, marriage, death.

The procedure is to log on, and pay a fee of GBP6, about US$10, by credit card which provides 24 hours of searching, and 30 downloads of information from the register, which may contain up to 20 entries each. A full copy of an entry costs GBP10, about US$16

The site is run by the British Government. I have used it to search for references to Lauderdales from 1553 to 1900, and found it quick and efficient. For more recent data, personal searches must be made at the office.

Search your surname: the GRO site lists some researchers

The Mormon Church Family Search Site Probably the best known genealogical research site, there is no charge for use, and it has a massive index drawn from all over the world. It does, however, have many gaps. For example, it does not list Lt Col Richard Maitland, Deputy Adjutant General of North America who died in New York in 1772, and was the subjct of several local obituaries.  .

'Time Magazine' states "The Mormon Church, officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has begun testing a new website that eventually will be a repository of 600 million names, extracted from vital records worldwide. The Mormons consider genealogy part of their mission and have the world's most extensive records. "I think it is a wonderful site," says Michael Leclerc, reference librarian at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. "It is giving the most widespread access ever to the world's largest genealogical repository."

Maitland Genealogy Forum This site contains a number of questions and answers about Maitlands, and is interesting to look at from time to time. No connection with Clan Maitland Society

Anthony Maitland, descended from Captin Richard Maitland who raised afamily in Jamaica, has a web site on his family. 

No connection with Clan Maitland, and not tested by us

Scot Roots - A genealogy service, Scot Roots is an ancestor exploration  service for people who want to both find and understand their family roots in  Scotland. Scot Roots enliven family trees with historic photos and maps, and  offer guaranteed ancestor searches, or no payment is due. Not tested by us

History and People

Paul Maitland 1883 - 1909 An Impressionist painter, 20 of whose works are in the Tate Gallery, London. See the Tate Gallery web site for details and some of the pictures.

Herbert Lethington Maitland Physician and surgeon Director of Sydney hospital 1916

Journey of the Maitland to Australia 1838 An account of an early emigrant voyage

Clan Lauder This site refers to the Lauder family, long established residents of Lauderdale, and contains valuable information on this family, who married into the Maitland family on several occasions.


Jane Austen, the early 19th century novelist knew sevral Maitlands in Hampshire (Sir Peregrine Maitland's family) and mentioned htem in jer correspondence 

Jane Austen -- Letters -- Brabourne Edition -- Letters to Cassandra, 1801

Jane Austen -- Letters -- Brabourne Edition -- Letters to Cassandra, 1808, 1809 -- Part 1

Fuller Maitland Library John Fuller Maitland (1889-1911) was a noted music critic, and composer of hymns. His music collection is in Lancaster Library. The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book edited by J A Fuller Maitland is a leading work on 16th Century music.

Historical Archives - Maitland Club The Maitland Club was founded in 1828 in Glasgow, for the "cultivation of the literary antiquities of Scotland". Named n honour of Sir Richard Maitland of Lethington, father of William Maitland (Secretary Maitland) and John Maitland, 1st Lord Maitland.

Court of Henri II of France William Maitland of Lethington, Secretary to Queen Mary, married Mary Fleming, one of the Queen's "Four Maries", ladies in waiting who accompanied her as children to the Court of Henri II in the 16th century. She has no living traceable descendants, but the Maitlands of Lauderdale are descended from her brother-in law, John Maitland.


Dryburgh Abbey 

Dryburgh Abbey was associated with Maitlands in the 14th century, when Richard Mauteland or Maitland gave land to the abbey, and Robert Mawtalent, Dominus de Thirlestane, witnessed a charter for them in 1343.

Cities & Places called Maitland

North America

City of Maitland Maitland, FLA. is located on the north east side of Orlando, and has a very pretty lake, with nineteenth century buildings around it. The police cars used to have the Chief's Arms on the side....Named after Major William Seton Maitland, who fought in the Seminole Wars, but never visited Fort Maitland or Lake Maitland nearby. Seton Maitland & Co was a well kown mercantile house in New York in the late 18th century.

Fort Lauderdale is named after Major William Lauderdale, (of Maitland origin) of the Tennessee Battalion of Volunteers who established a fort on that site during the Seminole Wars, early in 1838, and completed April1838.

Fort Lauderdale Highlanders In Fort Lauderdale, a pipe band which is taking on the Maitland tartan. Care - the photo on the site shows the previous rig!

Maitland, Nova Scotia This small fishing community is located at the head of the Bay of Fundy. Named after Sir Peregrine Maitland

Maitland, Ontario This community is located on the St Lawrence River, about 100 miles south of Ottawa. Named after Sir Peregrine Maitland

Port Maitland Outer Range Light Port Maitland, on Lake Erie, Ontario, is a small settlement. The site shows a picture of the lighthouse


Maitland NSW The web site for Maitland, NSW, about 200 miles north of Sydney, in the Hunter Valley, Australia City of Maitland Pipes & Drums Inc located in Maitland NSW Australia. Maitland Pipe Band, wears Maitland tartan.

Western Australia - Maitland Bay in Wyndham-East Kimberley was named by James Martin on the 28 June 1863 after Maitland Brown, the brother of two men who accompanied Martin on his voyage to the Glenelg River. Maitland River in Roebourne was named after Maitland Brown by Francis Gregory, the leader of the expedition on 26 May 1861 Lake Maitland A uranium mine in Western Australia south east of Wiluna. How did the name arrive? See below Alexander Gibb Maitland.

Maitland Downs - Western Australia - between Pt Douglas and Cooktown near the Palmer River Road House

Maitland Range - NorthWestern Australia due south of Napier Broom Bay

Mount Maitland - Western Australia north of Meekatharra

Alexander Gibb Maitland was Government Geologist for Western Australia 1896 to 1926, andd seems to have named the above.

Sites of General Scottish Interest

Lochcarron John Buchan are the appointed and exclusive suppliers of tartan to Clan Maitland. They hold a list of members of the registered members of Clan Maitland, and whilst they will supply a wide range of Scottish goods, only sell tartan to registered members of the Clan Maitland Society.

Note - several sites are listed below which also offer Scottish goods for sale. Clan Maitland offers no warrant for their performance, and has not purchased any goods from them.

United Kingdom Primary Documents contains amongst other items the Declaration of Arbroath, 1320, a key document in the assertion of Scottish independence "It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom -- for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."

A history of Scottish Literature Andrew Crumey - a good account of developments in the 17th to 19th centuries, especially of the Scottish Enlightenment

Electric Scotland A site of general Scottish interest.

Impressions/clans A site of general Scottish interest.

Rampant Scotland A site of general Scottish interest.

Gathering of the Clans A site of general Scottish interest.

Tartans Com A site which contains many items of Scots interest.

Tartan Authority - An independent organisation which records and tartan and its history

ScotWars This site has substantial coverage of the tumultuous 16th and 17th century period in Scots history, in which the Maitlands were active political leaders. Chancellor Maitland - to James VI, and the Duke of Lauderdale in the 17th century, and Secretary for Scotland 1662 - 1681 feature.


Genealogical Help Pages A site with genealogical advice

Discribe A Canadian site which provides information on Scots families


Sir Richard Maitland, d 1490 - poems - The Maitland Folio Manuscript, from Pepysian Library, Magdalene College Cambridge. Vol 1William Blackwood & Sons Edinburgh, 1919. Sir Richard Maitland was not only an outstanding lawyer, but also a fine poet, and his work is witty as well as thoughtful and penetrating. Written in the Scots of the 16th century, it is intelligible to those familiar with 21st century Scots dialect.

An Inquiry into the Nature and Origin of Public Wealth
Earl of Lauderdale, Constable, 1804 2nd Edition, greatly enlarged, 1819. This is a fundamental work of economics, and the foundation of Keynesian economics

Domesday Book & Beyond, Professor F W Maitland, 1897 Frederick Maitland,

Surrender of Bonaparte Capt. F L Maitland, Colburn, 1826

Lauder & Lauderdale A Thomson, Craighead Brothers, Galashiels 1902   Replica edition now available from The Post Office, Lauder Berwickshire

Roads of Mediaeval Lauderdale R. P. Hardie Edinburgh.1942.

William Maitland of Lethington - The Minister of Mary Stuart - His Life and Times" by E. Russell London.1912.

John Maitland of Thirlestane, Prof. Maurice Lee, Princeton UP, 1959

Life & Times of John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale, W C Mackenzie, Kegan, Paul, Trench & Co, 1923

Lauderdale Correspondence being 89 letters from John Earl of Lauderdale to Sir John Gilmore, Bt., President of Session in the 1660s. Edinburgh. 1933

Elizabeth of the Sealed Knot, Doreen Cripps, The Roundwood Press, 1975.   An account of Elizabeth, Countess of Dysart and Duchess of Lauderdale d 1698

The Land of Lost Content, Robert Reid, Heinemann 1986 covers the Luddite revolt of 1812 and Sir Thomas Maitland’s part in its suppression.

Maitland & San Martin, Rodolfo Terragno, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes. General Sir Thomas Maitland formulated in 1800 a strategy for liberating Spain's American colonies. This strategy was followed closely by San Martin from 1812 to 1820. Did San Martin know of Sir Thomas' plan, or had he devised his own strategy which was driven by the same facts? In Spanish, with Sir Thomas' plans in original text.

The Colonial Administration of Sir Thomas Maitland, C. W. Dixon, London 1939, reprinted Frank Cass Ltd 1968. Drawn from Colonial Office archives fort he period 1805 - 1820

The Kandyan Wars, the British Army in Ceylon 1803 -1818 G Powell, Leo Cooper, London 1973, covers Sir Thomas Maitland's administration

 Eight Years Overseas, Sir Henry Maitland-Wilson, later Field Marshal Lord Wilson of Libya.Hutchinson. Memoirs of his service in the Mediterranean theatre, where he was Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean 1944 in succession to General Eisenhower.

History of the Lauderdales in America (Heritage, 1998) Clint Lauderdale, 3527 Albemarle Street NW Washington DC 2008

The Maitlands of Kirkton of Oyne, Aberdeenshire and some of their descendants. This traces the descendants of Robert Maitland of Oyne, lived in Oyne 1710 to 1721, at least, where his children were baptised. A very thorough piece of research, 424 pages, very well indexed. Author: Richardson Dougall, 1999.