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A 900 year history of the Abercrombie/Crombie family 1125-2000.

Family Trees: The Main Trunk Banff/Aberdeenshire; The Fife Line; The Monymusk Line; Three lines in Northern Ireland 1600-c.1800 (Cromey/Cromie); The Glassaugh Line; The Tullibody Line; The Fetternear Line; The Colony of Massachusetts line from Northern Ireland c.1720; One major line of the Abercrombies who went to Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia et al; and eventually to about 34 of the United States to settle; Canada and Australia.

How we are descendents of the Templar Knights.

Our French Connection.

The Crombie/Abercrombie Crests and their meanings.

Crombie Castle/Kinnairdy House.

The Monymusk Reliquary and our connection.

My critique of the way the Innes family over 500 years muddied the historical records so that we could not find our real roots.

Bios of many past members of the family.

To see inside any of the contents just click on the title and it will open up for you.

Knights Templar

In c.1125CE King David I of Scotland invited members of the Knights Templar to come to his newly united Scotland to help in setting up a new system similar to the one set up by William of Normandy in England sixty years before. 

One of those Knights was Seogneur de Cromey from Burgundy.  He came from a family whose surname was MORIN, Cromey was a Title held by the first of that family to come to Scotland and it is from this that our surname was formed.

Geoffroy Morin, French Templar Knight Twelfth Century

Geoffroy Morin was Marshal of the Knights Templar during the mastership of Gerard of Ridefort, the tenth Grand Master of the Knights Templar (1185 – 1189). The date of his departure for the Holy Land and his entry into the Order of the Temple are unknown. From 1187 he was appointed as Commander of the Order in Tyre; he was appointed Marshal of the Order by Gerard of Ridefort in 1188 and was taken prisoner by the Muslims during the Battle of Hattin.

In 1189 he took part in the Siege of Acre where he died alongside Gerard of Ridefort and eighteen other Templars. According to a contemporary poem, Morin died carrying the Baucent.  Baucent (bauceant, baussant, etc.) was the name of the war flag (vexillum belli) used by the Knights Templar in the 12th and 13th centuries.

You can find the full story if you click onto the Family Crest.  This has other very intresting information about the family, including out connection with the Monymusk reliquary and much more.



by Carmel Margaret (Crombie) Dahl  MMXXII

  • Family Member

The story/history of the family

Updated: Feb 28

Part One

Chapter One

c1125-1600CE: The main trunk of the Family Tree in Banff and Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Timeline: page 1

The arrival and early years of the Crombie family in Scotland:

Who they were and where they came from: 1125-1400CE page 4

France, where the Morin family, headed by Seigneur de Cromey page 5

Chapter Two

Fife: Culross Abbey, The first charters I could find: page 8

Banff: Moray Abbey. More charters, this time for the thane of Aberchirder page 9

The Abbeys in Eastern Scotland: page 10

The land owned and supervised by the thanes of Aberchirder page 10

Some charters and figuring out who we were and how badly we had been

served by some historians page 11

How I figured out who we were - the proof page 14

What happened to the thanes of Aberchirder page 15

The line of Monymusk, Forglen page 21

Chapter Three

The family at Pitmeddan, Aberdeenshire, 1406-1650 page 25

Reformation Rebellion of 1559-60 page 29

The Covenanters/Oliver Cromwell, 1642 page 31

Chapter Four

The Main line continues in Birkenbog-Forglen, Banff 1600-2003 page 33

Abercromby family in Fife 1125-ongoing page 38

The family line at Fetternear page 41

Fetternear/Balquhain and Woolen Mill line page 42

Glassnaugh line at Banff page 46

Aboukir and Tullibody line at Sterlingshire page 49

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Part Two

Chapter One

Ireland 1600-1900CE, Antrim and Londonderry

Introduction page 1

Our first Cromies in Ireland page 6

Chapter Two

Oliver Cromwell in Ireland 1641 page 9

More Cromies in Antrim and Londonderry page 9

William of Orange: The Siege of Londonderry page 10

James Cromie's story in the Siege of Londonderry page 11

John Cromie. defender of Londonderry page 13

The Battle of the Boyne page 14

Chapter Three

The Flax and Linen Industries, Northern Ireland page 15

The Wine Industry, Ireland, page 16

The United Irishmen page 17

The Easter Uprising page 18

Chapter Four

Londonderry, Dungiven - Cromies page 19

The family line begun by James Cromie (1642) page 20

Reminiscences of Londonderry page 22

Crombie Garden, Victoria, Australia page 25

The family line begun by Thomas Cromie (1623) Cromore page 26

The family line begun by Robert Cromie (1642) Antrim/Down page 32

The Causeway Coast: Ballycastle, Giant's Causeway, Portstewart

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Part Three

The French Connection

Where we began in Burgundy and what happened to the family named Morin there until the French Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century.

What are they doing now?

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