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GOURLAY, a surname originally English, and evidently derived from ands of that name. According to Edmund Howe’s History of England (p. 153), Ingelramus de Gourlay accompanied William the Lion to Scotland about 1174, after his captivity, and is mentioned in a charter by that monarch about 1200. He was the progenitor of all the Scottish Gourlays. His son, Hugo de Gourlay, appears to have been possessed of lands both in Fife and the Lothians, and his descendants were styled of Kincraig, in the parish of Kilconquhar in the former county, an estate which still belongs to the family. The name of his great-grandson, William de Gourlay de Bagally, is mentioned in the Ragman Roll, as one of those barons who swore fealty to Edward the First of England, in 1296.

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