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CREST: A dagger erect azure, pommel and hilt Or.
MOTTO: I dar
TRANSLATION: I dare
PLANT: Unknown
ORIGIN OF NAME: Gaelic "dal-gheail", meaning "white meadow"
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Since 1259 over two hundred different forms of this name have been recorded from Dalzeel to Diyell and including the abbreviation "DL", which approximates is proper pronunciation. The name is of Territorial origin from the old barony of Dalziel in Lanarkshire. The name itself derives from the Gaelic "dal-gheail", meaning "white meadow", so named because of the colour of the local clay soil. There are also some from Shetland who bear the name; there, it derives from the island of Yell. The hanged man on the family' s Coat of Arms is said to have come from the time of Kenneth II, when a member of his court retrieved the body of the king' s friend from a gibbet in enemy held territory with the words "I Dare", which is now the family motto. Thomas de Dalziel is mentioned as a baron of Scotland in the Ragman Roll of 1296, swearing fealty to Edward I of England. He became one of the patriots who joined Robert the Bruce in the struggle for Scottish independence. Sir Robert Dalzell was created Earl of Carnwath in 1639. His son, Robert, the second Earl, was an active supporter of the Marquess of Montrose, commander of the forces of Charles I in the civil war in Scotland. Lord Clarendon attributed the royalist feat at Naseby to the Earl of Carnwath' s stopping the king' s horse and redirecting the charge. The fifth Earl, Sir Robert, fought with the Old Pretender in the Jacobite rising of 1715 which resulted in the forfeiture of his title and estates. Sir Thomas Dalyell of The Binns in West Lothian was from one of the oldest cadets of the name. He was an eminent cavalier officer who fought with the royalist forces at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, where he was captured and committed to the Tower of London. He escaped and went to the Continent for some years where he entered the service of the Tsar of Russia who made him general of cavalry. In 1666 Charles II appointed him commander-in-chief of the forces in Scotland; his regiment was known as the Scots Grays.
The House of the Binns was built by the general' s father in 1623; its present form dates from around 1820 and it is still the home of the Dalyells, the present baronet being Tam Dalyell, the prominent Labour Member of Parliament.

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