"The Roll of the Clannis that hes Capitanes, Cheiffis and Chiftanes quhome on thai depend." 1587
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 Ashintullie which had been Spalding stronghold for centuries in Perthshire were forsaken 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 last Clan Chief and heir to Scottish Feudal Baronies by primogeniture and in proper court standing was James Spalding of Bonnymills, Jamaica and Georgia. This James Spalding was the son of Thomas Spalding born in Ashintully Castle in 1710 to Andrew Spalding. The christian names of Thomas and Andrew had been popular amongst the Ashintullie clan for centuries. James' only son was Thomas Spalding of Sapelo.
Thomas Spalding of Sapelo was born in America in 1774 on St Simons Island and as a British Subject was the last heir apparent to the Feudal Baronial Estates. 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.
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 through out the world.
SPALDING OF SCOTLAND Fuedal 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."
SPALDING OF ASHINTULLIE 1587 (Perth). Ar. a two-handed sword in pale az