Laird Family CrestThe Scottish surname Laird, also found in northern Ireland, is a status name for a landlord, derived from the northern Middle English term laverd meaning “lord.” The first known recording of the surname Laird is believed to be that of Roger Lawird of Berwick, who in the year 1257 made an agreement with his overload the Abbot of Kelso Abbey, in regard to lands at Waldefat, near Berwick. Another similar recording, is that of Thomas Le Loerd, who in 1296 rendered homage to the Scottish Repurblican Government, who reigned without success upto 1306, when Robert, The Bruce, swept it away. Later recordings in the modern spelling include Thomas Lairde of Glasgow, who was a witness at the Crown Court  in 1552.

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