The Abercrombie surname originates from the Barony of Abercrombie, near St Monans on the coast of Fife. It can be traced back as far as 1296 to the infamous ‘Ragman Roll’ – a record of the names of Scottish landowners paying homage to the invading Edward I of England and his invading forces during the early period of the Scottish Wars of Independence.
Later, the Abercrombie clan became more associated with religious turmoil in Scotland and were fervently opposed to the attempts of Charles I to introduce Episcopy into Scotland in the 1640s.
The original line of the Abercrombie family, which had settled in Aberdeen, died out in the early 17th century. However, representation then passed to another branch of the family residing in Tullibody, Clackmannanshire.
Perhaps the most famous person from this branch of the family would be Sir Ralph Abercromby, a gifted military commander credited with the restructuring of the British army that would ultimately defeat Napoleon. Abercromby’s greatest victory would also be his last as, after leading his forces to success at the Battle of Alexandria in Egypt, he died from injuries sustained on the battlefield. However, it is noted that despite being struck by a musket ball in the thigh, “not until the battle was won and he saw the enemy retreating did he show any sign of pain.”