Origin of the Name Erskine
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Erskine is of Scottish origin. Sir Robert Erskine, Chamberlain of Scotland , 1350-1357, had several sons. Thomas, his heir, and Malcolm, ancestor of the Erskines of Kinnoull. Sir Roberts grandson was created Lord Erskine. The third Lord Erskine was succeeded by his son, James, as fifth Lord, who left two sons. The younger, Sir Alexander Erskine of Gogar, had a son, Thomas, created Earl of Kellie, whose line became extinct in 1829. The elder, John, sixth Lord Erskine, was restored the old Celtic Earldom of Mar by Queen Mary. In 1875 the House of Lords decided that Walter Henry, thirteenth Earl of Kellie, had made out his claim to the Earldom of Mar, dated 1565. He died in 1888, and his son, Walter John, became twelfth Earl of Mar and fourteenth Earl of Kellie.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
The Erskine coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Erskine descendants.