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"Local: from the town of Biggar in Lanarkshire.
(The origin and signification of Scottish surnames. Clifford Stanley Sims, 1862)
"BIGGAR. From the old barony, now the parish
of the same name in Lanarkshire. Baldwin de
Bigir, who appears as sheriff of Lanark in the
reign of Malcolm rv is the first known to bear
the territorial designation. Chalmers (i, p. 602,
603; m, p. 738) identified him with the
Baldwin Flani[aticus], who appears as witness in a
charter of Rfobert?], bishop of St. Andrews,
relating to the church of Lohworuora (now
Borthwick), c, 1150 (REG., 11), "but for
this there is no authority" (OPS., i, p. 134).
Between 1147-1160 Balwinus de Digir (Bigir)
witnessed the grant by Arnold, Abbot of Kelso,
of the lands of Douglas to Theobaldus
Flamaticus (Kelso, 107). Sometime after 1170
Baldwin de Bigre, sheriff of Lanark, granted the
church of Innyrkvp beyond the moors (ultra
mores) to the monks of Paisley (RMP., p. 112).
Waldeve, Baldwin's son, was taken prisoner
at Alnwick along with King William the Lion
in 1174 (Bain, n, p. 117). In 1228 Hugh the
son of Robert de Bygris appears in a grant
to St. Machute of Lesmahagow, in which he is
styled Hugo de Bygris filius Robert! filii
Waldevi de Bigris (Kelso, 186). Sir Nicolas de
Bygir, knight, witnessed a deed dated at
Lesmahagow, 1269, and in 1273 appears as "tune
vicecomes de Lanarc" (ibid., 189, 334). He
died before 1292, when the marriage of Mary
his widow, and the ward and marriage of
Marjory and Ada his daughters and heirs
parceners, were granted by Edward i to Robert,
bishop of Glasgow (Rot. Scot., i, p. 14). The
lands and honours appear to have passed into
possession of the Flemings, earls of Wigtown,
through the marriage of one of these
daughters, but the surname continued, probably in
younger branches. In 1329-30 Sir Henry de
Bygar held the offices of royal chaplain,
rector of the church of Bygar, and clerk of livery
to the king's household (Chamberlain's Rolls,
i, p. 122-4, 168, 192). Walter de Bigare
appears as rector of the church of Erole, 1433
(REB., i, p. 58), and Thomas Biggar was
reader in Kinghorn, 1621 (MCM., n, p. 46).
(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)
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