The Ancient Nobility of Scotland
Feudal Barony of Ashintully and Morcloich
"Roll of the Clannis that hes Capitanes,Cheiffis and Chiftanes quhome on thai depend." 1587
Clan Spalding is a Scottish Highland Clan that has territorial origins coming from the town of the same name in Lincolnshire, England. The first of this surname recorded in Scotland is believed to be Radulphus de Spalding who, in 1225, was witness to the signing of a charter of the mill of Caterline in Kincardineshire. In 1318 during Robert the Bruce’s seige of Berwick, one of the town burgesses, Peter de Spalding, was so disgusted with severity of the governor that he helped Bruce’s army retake the Castle. Peter was rewarded by the Scottish king for his aid and was given, in the May of 1319, the lands of Ballourthy (Balzeordie) and Petmethey (Pitmachie) in Angus, as well as the keepership of the royal forest of Kylgerry. Ancestors from these Spaldings can be found all around the world.The Spalding Clan throughout the 17th and 18th century followed the Jacobite cause, their feudal lands and castles heavily encumbered with English sedition taxes lost all their holdings including their Baronial Seat held in Parliament for centuries. After the failed support of the last Stuart King, the Castles of Morcloich (Whitefield) and Ashintully which had been Spalding strongholds for centuries in Perthshire were lost and the Clan dispersed to far reaches of the world. Owing to the fact the Clan and its Chief fought for Prince Charles and Scotland, the clan today not residing in Scotland is considered armigerous clan, meaning it does not have a chief recognized by the Lord Lyon King of Arms. The Hereditary Feudal Title of Spalding both of Ashintully and Morcloich have been handed down from generation to generation with an unbroken bloodline from Sir Peter Spalding 1319.
The last Clan Chief and heir to Scottish Feudal Barony residing in Scotland, by acknowledged primogeniture and in proper court standing, was James Spalding of Bonnymills, Jamaica and Georgia. This James Spalding was the son of Sir Thomas Spalding 10th Baron and Spalding of Spalding, born in Ashintully Castle in 1710 to Sir David Spalding 9th Baron and the Spalding of Spalding. James' only son, named for his grandfather, was Thomas Spalding born on St Simons Island, GA USA in 1774. This Thomas Spalding, known in history as the Spalding of Sapelo, was the last British subject as Heir Apparent to his ancestral Baronial Estates and the Spalding of Spalding. His great grandson Randolph Spalding was the last male of the Ashintully and Morcloich line and died in 1954. Prior to his death he asked his cousin’s son Harold Willingham II of Marietta, Georgia to change his surname to Spalding so as to continue the direct bloodline with the hereditary title and title of Clan Chief. (In Scotland, unlike in England, abeyance has never existed. In the default of male heirs a Scottish peerage not limited in descent to the male line passes at once to the elder or eldest daughter or nearest female heir) Harold, eldest son of Elizabeth Spalding Wylly Willingham, chose not to change his surname but with male-preference primogeniture retained the hereditary feudal title of Nobility. Harold Willingham II died childless in 2000 and today his nephew Charles Willingham VI of Marietta Georgia holds the Spalding feudal title of Nobility. Today the Scottish Spalding Clan founded in 1318 in the Highlands of Scotland by Sir Peter Spalding has its home representation on Sapelo Island Georgia USA , now for over 200 years.
SPALDING OF SCOTLAND Feudal Barony 1318 the Ancient and Noble Armorial bearings representing the family of Spalding in Scotland" defined by Sir George Mackenzie High Authority "Or, on a cross az. five crosses crosslet of the first. Crest-A cross crosslet fltchée or. Motto-Hinc mihi salus."
HINC MIHI SALUS (Hence My Salvation)
SPALDING OF ASHINTULLIE 1587 (Perth). Ar. a two-handed sword in pale az A gateway, Proper, with the portcullis half raised, Gules
NOBILE SERVITIUM (Service Is Noble)