The name Dalziel originates from an old barony of the same name in Lanarkshire and is derived from the Galelic ‘dal-gheal’, meaning ‘white meadow’. There is also another Dalziel name found in the Shetland Islands. This name is derived from the island of Yell.
The first mention of a Dalziel in recorded history is of Thomas de Dalziel, who swore fealty to Edward II of England on the infamous Ragman Roll of 1296 in which the Scottish nobility and gentry subscribed allegiance to King Edward I of England as his army advanced north into the country in order to keep their lands. He would, however, go on to become one of the patriots who fought alongside Robert the Bruce during the Scottish War of Independence.
The clan chief, Sir Robert Dalzell, would go on to receive the title of Earl of Carnwath in 1639 and the 5th Earl would fight alongside the ‘Old Pretender’ James Stewart in the Jacobite Rising of 1715 – resulting in the forfeiture of his title and estates to another branch of the family, the Dalyells of The Binns
Today, the Dalyells live at the House of the Binns in West Lothian.