Glendewar family page
This surname resulted from the combination of a personal name Glen and family name Dewar
The 1881 St Helier baptismal record of William Henry Glendewar
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Origins of surname
This is a rare example of a name which originated in Jersey and is probably not known outside the island.
The family which moved to Jersey in about 1870, started out as Dewar, a Scottish surname with two possible meanings. It it may be a name for a custodian of holy relics, from the Gaelic deoradh, a pilgrim who had custody of the relic of a saint. Alternatively it may come from the village of Dewar, in the parish of Heriot, Midlothian. This derives from the Gaelic words dubh, meaning black, and ard, a height.
It is not clear exactly when or where the surname morphed into Glendewar, but it is possible that it is unique to Jersey, and resulted from the merging of Samuel James Glen Dewar's third forename and surname by his son Orlando Robert, who settled in Jersey. His brother remained in Devon and all his 11 children were baptised Dewar, although four had the second or third baptismal name Glen.
The name first appeared in Jersey in 1881 when William Henry Glendewar, the son of Orlando John and Georgina Rachel Touzel, was baptised in St Helier. Nine more of their children was baprised in the parish over the next 17 years. Orlando was born in Plymouth and came to Jersey shortly before the 1871 census with his father, also Orlando, a ship's carpenter, mother and four sisters.
Orlando followed in is father's trade as an apprentice and both worked in Jersey's booming ship building industry.
What is mystifying is that the second appearance of the name in the St Helier baptism register is for Orlando Thomas, the son of Thomas Duncan Glendewar and Emma Horner, born in March 1883 and baptised a year later. Although the child's first name suggests a link with the other family (see full tree below) we have been unable to find any other reference to Thomas or this Orlando.
Great War service
These wills created by members of the Glendewar family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- William Glendewar, 1 Seale Street, St Helier, carpenter - 20 April 1912, D/Y/A/71
- William Glendewar, West Lea Cottage, First Tower - 9 February 1945, D/Y/A/113
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