||Hugh de Blair |
||25 May 2004 |
- The Blair of Blair family history reaches back into the latter part of the 11th and early years of the 12th century. After William the Conqueror had captured England in 1066 he marched north establishing his throne as he went. The Scots finally gave in and King Malcolm III paid homage to William in 1072 at Abernethy, Perthshire. Norman warriors remained in Scotland to protect the peace. It is the grandson of one of these Norman warriors who first established the lands of Blair around the end of the 12th century under the reign on Richard I. For it was upon a man named Jean Francois whom Richard I (1165-1214) conferred the Barony of Blare.
Jean's descendants adopted the surname de Blare (Blair) as was tradition when one inherited a Barony. This knowledge is traceable through various signatures appearing on royal charters around this time containing the surname de Blare.