Hailing from lands near Herriot in the south-east of Edinburgh, it is unclear whether the Dewar family gave their name to the lands or took it from them.
The earliest recorded use of the Dewar name came in 1296 when it appeared on the Ragman Roll – a document 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.
The family would eventually receive a charter for their lands in 1474 granted by Lord Borthwick. The clan would then grow to prominence over the next few hundred years – styling themselves as ‘Dewar of that Ilk’. Eventually, between the 16th and 17th century, the Dewars would sell their lands and move to nearby Carrington and it is from here that the current Dewar family descend.
The current chiefly line was recognised in 1990 by the Lord Lyon when Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Malcolm Dewar of that Ilk and Vogrie established his claim. His son, Michael Kenneth O’Malley, is the present chief.