The name of Colquhoun was taken from the Barony of Colquhoun which lay
along the hills to the north of Kilpatrick in Dumbartonshire. At a
time in history when "surnames" did not exist, people used a Christian name
and were further identified by where they lived or by some personal characteristic,
even by their trade.
In the 12th century "Humphrey or Umfridus" lived at Kilpatrick
on the banks of the River Clyde. The name Kilpatrick refers to "the
church of Patrick", or St. Patrick, the village of Old Kilpatrick being the
birthplace of St. Patrick. Humphrey of Kilpatrick was granted
the barony of Colquhoun in the 13th century and he became known of Humphrey
In the 14th century, Robert de Colquhoun married the daughter
of Godfrey, Laird of Luss upon Loch Lomondside, and as she was heiress to
the lands of Luss, these passed to her husband, Robert de Colquhoun who became
known as Robert Colquhoun of Luss.
Others of the Kilpatrick family who did not move to the Loch
Lomond area to live remained around the Clyde in Dumbartonshire and further
south, retaining their own surnames.
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The Clan Colquhoun Connection
Church of Old Kilpatrick
Since Kilpatricks and Kirkpatricks are associated with Clan
Colquhoun, actually Septs of Clan Colquhoun, we are allowed to wear the Colquhoun
Tartan and the Colquhoun Clan Badge. We are also eligable for membership
in the Clan Colquhoun International Society, please visit their website where
you can find out more about the Clan and obtain membership applications if
Colquhoun International Society
The Clan Colquhoun International Society is working to preserve
the history of the Colquhouns which includes all of the various names associated:
Colquhoun, Kilpatrick, Kirkpatrick, Cowan, MacCowan, Ingram, Laing, MacMain,
MacManus, MacClintock, MacLinden, MacOwen, Calhoun, Kulhain, MacLintock.