The Crawford coat of arms came Into Existence centuries ago               The Crawford tartan comes in several styles                                    The Crawford badge is a stag's head

      the process of creating coats of arms(also often called family crests)      The  colour and pattern depended upon the                                 The motto is: TUTUM ROBORE REDDAM

      began in the eight  and ninth centuries                                                   current Clan Alliance                                                                         I will give you safety in strength"

      The new art of  Heraldry made it possible for families and even

       individual family members to havetheir very own coat of arms.

The name of Crawford is deeply rooted in Scottish history, dating back to the 11th century. However, some time in the past my Crawford relatives emigrated to Ireland. The earliest instance of the name Crawford in Ireland, that I have found, is 1582. My great, great grandfather John Crawford was born in Longford County, Ireland 1788; therefore my relatives must have migrated sometime in that 200 year interval.

I would like to thank Brenda Bates Hand for her invaluable help in filling in blanks in my family database and correcting some others. I am especially grateful to her for providing the almost lost photos of (i) John Crawford, (ii)William Crawford and Jane McDowell, and (iii)William Boyd Young.

Crawfords in Quebec

Map of Avoca (Click to enlarge

In 1822, John Crawford, wife Frances and brother William came to Canada from Ireland. They settled in Avoca, Quebec, Canada . John, a surveyor, continued his trade in Quebec for five years. In 1827 he was granted one hundred acres of Avoca land for his services. John was also the first Justice of the Peace for Argenteuil County. Quebec.

Map of Avoca (Click to enlarge


Built in 1860 by John's son William, some say the original 1820's log cabin, built by John, still exists, in part, within the walls of the current house.


Table of Contents

bullet  Individual Report for William Edgar Crawford
bullet  Surname List
bullet  Index of Names
bullet  Sources (Bibliography)

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Brian Crawford
37 2nd St W
Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada N4K0B6

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