How to use this site

Welcome to the website — since you found it, I’m assuming you’re interested in knowing more about where the name Cadzow came from and how the family started and spread through the world in previous years.

You’ve come to the right place. The first iteration of this site was in 1997, and we’ve tried to find all information about the Cadzow family and keep adding to the site since then. Here’s more about the evolution of the site.

“What of the Cadzow family? Seven centuries separates them from their disastrous choice of the losing side.”

Ian Hamilton, Q.C. The Cadzow Oaks

To get started, read some background information on the origins of surnames and the clan system in Scotland.

Next, explore the earliest references to the name Cadzow. Sixth century Cadzow lore is found in the Glasgow coat of arms. There are various recorded references throughout the last millenium, as researched for us by Nigel Cadzow. 

Then, find out how Cadzows came to be an associated family of Clan Hamilton, following their acquisition of the Barony of Cadzow in the 13th century. 

There are many Cadzows around the world today, and we present links to their personal web pages or to family information they have provided.

Before you leave this site, please comment in our guestbook. You can also view the comments left by others.

My thanks to everyone who has contacted me since the site was established, either with new information or just a friendly greeting. Your contributions and ideas will help me build our knowledge of Cadzow lore, and this web site. Please continue to contribute and make contact with our world-wide family!

Thinking of looking into your own family history? Here’s some links that might help you get started.

  • Scotland’s People, the official government source of genealogical data For Scotland. free search of complete birth, death, marriage & census records. 
  • Thinking of visiting Scotland to trace your ancestry? has some interesting information about how you can wrap up some sightseeing with a trip to research your Scots ancestors.
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