Although the ancient Scottish surname of Affleck is believed
to be a derivative of the Flemish surname of Afflighen, the Affleck surname is believed to be of two
origins in Scotland. The first is from the barony of Auchinleck in Ayrshire, Scotland
and the second is from Affleck in Angus, Scotland.
John of Aghelek, who existed in the year 1306, is the first
recorded of this surname in Angus1 . It was the
Angus Afflecks who were the hereditary armour bearers to the Earls of Crawford.
In a letter received June 10, 2003, by Teresa
Bostle, President of the Clan Lindsay Society of
Australia, from the 29th Earl of Crawford, he had this to say about the Afflecks.
Quote: "The close and much trusted relationship between our two families was very
long standing. In the 12th century the first Affleck arrived in Scotland.
His name is a Scottish corruption of Afflighen in Flanders. Afflighen is
very close to Alost where the forebears of the Lindsays, the Counts of Alost
held sway. They were hereditary standard-bearers to the Counts of Alost.
It seems almost a logical progression that this long standing trusted
relationship between the two families should mean that the Afflecks became
hereditary armour bearers in Scotland.
Afflecks served in the Councils of the Earls of Crawford - and when the present
magnificent Affleck castle was built (15th century) it was under the superiority
of the Lindsays and its boundaries were renewed in 1459 by the Earl of
Crawford." End of Quote.
We thank Teresa Bostle for sharing this bit of knowledge, with those of the
Afflighen / Affleck surname and the International Lindsay community.
1Source: History and Traditions of the Land of
the Lindsays in Angus and Mearns by Jervise, Edinburgh 1882.
Surnames of Scotland, Their Origin, Meaning, and History, by George F. Black,
copyright The New York Public Library 1946, current edition published in 1993 by
Birlinn Limited, Edinburgh, Scotland.
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and wish to share it, send a note to Joe
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Surname DNA Project, click on this link.