HISTORY OF THE MORRISON NAME :
Recorded in several spellings including Morrison,
Morrieson, Morison, and Moryson, this is an Anglo-Scottish surname, which is
almost equally popular in Ireland.
It is the patronymic form of the surname Maurice or Morris, deriving from the
and meaning swarthy, from "Maurus", a Moor. The popularity of the
name was due in part to the fame of St. Maurice,
martyred in 286 A.D.
given name Morris was introduced into Britain by the Normans, among whom
it was popular. The personal name was recorded circa 1176 when one
"Mauricius de Edligtona" was mentioned in the "Social and
Economic Documents of London". It first appears as a surname in England in the 14th century (see below) in England, whilst Andreas Morison, a licenciate in
law at St. Andrew's in 1463, was according to the church register of Brechin,
the first recorded namebearer in Scotland.
examples of early recordings include those of Nicol Morysone of Ruchtven, Scotland,
in 1501, whilst Charles Morrison (circa 1752) first suggested conveying
messages by electricity, and invented the first projector of the electric
telegraph. A coat of arms was granted to Sir Richard Morrison, knighted at Dublin by Robert, Earl of
Essex, and Lord-Lieutenant, on August 5th 1599.
first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert
Morisson. This was dated 1379, in the
Poll Tax records of Yorkshire, during the
reign of King Edward 1st, 1272 -1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every
country have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of
the original spelling.
Morrison family including
LAMB & WILDISH
by a name refer to personal number in listing eg THOMAS LAMB 2 MORRISON - see 2
GENERATION ONE :
~ ~ ~ WILLIAM MORRISON was born
in 1841 in Bothwell, Scotland and was the son of JOHN
MORRISON and MARY ANNE MOORE. William
married CATHERINE LAMB on 7 October 1864 in Kirkton, Blantyre,
Larnark, Scotland. Catherine was born in 1839 in Blantyre, Larnark and was
the second daughter of THOMAS LAMB and HANNAH HENDERSON. William and Catherine arrived in New Zealand on the ship "Durham" in March 1873 with their four
eldest children. Baby Grace had died at
sea on the journey to New
William died on 27 August 1903 in Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, New
Zealand and Catherine on 8 January 1904 also
to the LAMB
family for more information about Catherine’s family.
Children of WILLIAM MORRISON and CATHERINE LAMB were:
THOMAS LAMB 2 MORRISON, born 26 December 1861.
JANET GALBRAITH 3 MORRISON,
born 18 July 1865.
MORRISON, born 1870 in Blantyre, Lanark, Scotland. Grace died on the voyage to New Zealand in
JAMES 5 MORRISON,
born 6 June 1872.
MORRISON, born 1877 in New
Zealand; died 1955. William married MARY ANNE THORNE.
born 22 October 1879 in Gisborne, Hawkes
Bay, New Zealand;
died 21 September 1966.
MORRISON, born 1881 in Gisborne, Hawkes
Bay, New Zealand. Ruby married JOHN BEVAN.
GENERATION TWO :
2. ~ ~ ~ THOMAS LAMB
was born on 26 December 1861 in Larnark, Scotland
and was the eldest son of WILLIAM MORRISON and CATHERINE LAMB. Thomas arrived in New
Zealand with his parents on the ship “Durham” in March 1873. He married MARGARET ROBSON in 1886. Thomas died on 1 June 1946 in Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, New
~ ~ ~ JANET GALBRAITH MORRISON (WILLIAM) was born on 26 December 1865 in Larnark, Scotland
and was the eldest daughter of WILLIAM MORRISON and CATHERINE LAMB. Janet married WILLIAM THOMAS WILDISH on 20 April 1886 in Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, New
William was born on 23 March 1865 in London, England
and was the eldest son of JOHN WILDISH and EMMA SPINDLER.
Refer to the WILDISH family for more information about William’s family and
children of Janet and William.
4. ~ ~ ~ JOHN MORRISON (WILLIAM) was born in 1866 in Blantyre,
Lanark, Scotland and was the second son of
WILLIAM MORRISON and CATHERINE LAMB. He
arrived in New Zealand with
his family in March 1873 on the ship “Durham”. John married ANN LANGLEY. He died in 1947.
5. ~ ~ ~ JAMES
MORRISON (WILLIAM) was born on 6 June 1872 in Parkfield
Parish, Blantyre, Lanark, Scotland. He was the third son of WILLIAM MORRISON and
CATHERINE LAMB arriving in New Zealand
with his family in March 1873 on the ship “Durham”.
James married ELIZA WILDISH on 28 November 1896 in
Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Eliza was the eldest daughter of JOHN WILDISH
and EMMA SPINDLER.
to the WILDISH
family for more information about Eliza’s family.
Children of JAMES MORRISON
and ELIZA WILDISH were:
ROBINA MORRISON, born 11 April 1897 in
Gisborne, Hawkes Bay; died 2 May 1898.
MURIEL HOPE MORRISON, born 1 December 1900 in Gisborne, Hawkes Bay. Muriel married THOMAS NICHOLSON
COCHRANE on 4 April 1923 in Gisborne and they had seven children. Thomas was born on 5 November 1895 in Bundaberg, Queensland,
died on 17 June 1970. He was buried at Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne (RSA Plot 582). Muriel died on 23 February 1961 in Gisborne
and was also buried at Taruheru
Cemetery, Gisborne (Block
15 Plot 6B)
ALLAN LEWIS MORRISON, born 10 November 1906 in Gisborne, Hawkes Bay. Allan married INA DOROTHY
WHITE. He died on 5 August 1953 in
ROBERT JAMES MORRISON, born 10
April 1910 in Gisborne, Hawkes
Bay. Robert married CATHERINE PARKER on 14 October
1936 in Gisborne and they had two children.
Please note that in keeping to genealogy publishing
protocol I have not included information about later generations including
living persons. If you have a family connection please contact me for further
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