This Page Dedicated to My Mom Margaret Louise Dazell and her Father Robert E Dazell
(origin: Gaelic. Local) Taken from the parish of Dalziel, in Lanarkshire, Scotland. The parish is said to have received its name from the old parish church which stood near the Clyde, which was probably so called from Dal, a dale or valley, and cille, a church--the church in the valley. There is the following tradition, told by Nisbet, of the origin of the name: "A favorite of Kenneth II. having been hanged by the Picts, and the King being much concerned that the body should be exposed in so disgraceful a situation, offered a large reward to him who should rescue it. This being an enterprise of great danger, no one was found bold enough to undertake it, till a gentleman came to the king, and said, Dalziel, that is, 'I dare.' In memory of this circumstance his descendants assumed for their arms a man hanging on a gallows, and the motto 'I dare.'" The Dalziels afterward became Earls of Carnwath. Unfortunately, there is no such word as Dalziel in either the Gaelic or Celtic, which signifies "I dare." The name is local, as given above.
BATTLE OF CULLODEN, 1746:
Culloden Moor was the site of the last battle on the British mainland on 16 April 1746. The Jacobites were pulling back into the Highlands, ending their siege. Jacobite morale was low, the warriors hungry, and many breaking ranks for home. The Duke of Cumberland now led the well-equipped Hanoverian army. When they met on the Moor near Culloden, the Jacobites numbered four and a half thousand to Cumberland's nine thousand Hanoverians. . Cumberland's cavalry proceeded to slaughter every Jacobite they encountered. Prince Charles fled to France and "Butcher Cumberland" proceeded to destroy the clans, their identities and social structure. The playing of bagpipes was forbidden, wearing of tartans and Highland dress for all except government troops was banned, as was the possession of weapons.
EMIGRATION FROM SCOTLAND:
There were two distinct societies in Scotland in the 1700's. Lowlanders spoke a version of English and lived in a society based on the emerging mercantile economy. The Highlanders were largely Celtic in ancestry, and lived in a largely feudal society. After Culloden, many fled or escaped to Northern Ireland, where they called themselves "Scots-Irish". Others fled to the colonies and to Canada, while others were captured, killed, jailed or enslaved and shipped off to Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and the southern coast of North American. Many DLs were among the emigrants and those "transported" for crimes against the King, and their descendants may now be found worldwide.
The parish of Dalziel in what is now Motherwell was once in the industrial heartland of Scotland, and the town itself was a famous steel community. The Dalziel steel works was a major employer in its time.
A plate of the old industrial landscape of Motherwell is shown below.
The Steel and heavy industry has mostly gone now, and the area perhaps has to re-invent itself.
The Motherwell and Wishaw area has an approximate population of 140,000