The name of Montgomery derives from an ancient Norman family,
who held the Castle of St. Foy de Montgomery near Lisieux, in France. Tradition
asserts that the name can be traced back to a Roman commander called Gomericus.
Another ancestor, Roger de Mundegumbrie was related to William the Conqueror
and was granted lands in England by his kinsman. He later invaded Wales, and
in time he gave his name not only to a town, but to an entire county.
This encounter was chronicled in a vivid Borders ballad:
"The Percy and Montgomery
That either of other were fain;
They swapped swords and they twa swat
And aye the blood ran down between."
The Percy family paid a great ransom for the release of Hotspur, and this money
enabled the Montgomery clan to build the Castle of Polnoon. The old castle of
Skelmorlie, near Largs, is now the home of the chiefs of the Montgomery clan.
Montgomerys and their Descendants To Indiana 1903
by D.B. Montgomery
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This new printing
of THE MONTGOMERYS AND THEIR DESCENDANTS is dedicated to D.
B. Montgomery, who brought us his highly valuable collection
of facts and clues why he first published the Descendant's book
in 1903. D. B. Montgomery sold the original edition at $2.50
per copy, and all sales were limited to the pre-publication
subscriptions. A few
years later he reported that there was a flourishing market
for the book, copies of which were selling for $3.00 each. He
wrote to say that his grandfather, Austin H. Montgomery, Sr.,
said- "You will learn more about the Montgomerys in this
book than you ever dreamed of. As soon as these have passed
into the second hand stores they will sell for from $5.00 to
$7.00 each." No doubt he was right. Certainly it would
be difficult to locate an original copy at any price today.
It is hoped this inexpensive printing will help fill the demands
of modern Montgomery family researchers for D. B.'s wonderful
contribution to our genealogy.