All in a Name

cargill-crest-wCargill is one of the earliest surnames of Scotland as recorded by William Stewart at a general council held at Forfar in 1061. The name, originally from France, de Kergyl, has evolved into various modern forms including Cargill & Cargile.

The Celtic derivations of the name Cargill have been given, but the most authoritative is the one meaning “white fort.” The ancient lands of Cargill lay in the vicinity of an old Roman camp. The land was also near the Stone of Scone, where Scottish kings were crowned. The Barony of Stobhall was next to Barony Cargill and now resides in the hands of the families descended from Sir John Drummond.