The following comments where posted on the internet in 2001 and are for information only :- Bathgate is a not very common surname mainly found in the S.E of Scotland ieEdinburghand the Borders with small pockets in West Lothian and other areas.There is no clan affliation, only tartan is the Regional Tartan for Roxburghshire(Border County) and a possible norse link maybe, is that Bathgate probably originates from Sir. Adam de Bagget who came over France (Normandy) aroundthe time of De Bruce(Robert The Bruce) . The following is Authentic information extracted from the Bathgate Family Name History. The Bathgate history has been located in the archives of the Historical Research Center and this renowned resource has authenticated the following information: Bathgate is a surname which is found primarily in Scotland. It should be noted that Bathgate family members have migrated through history thereby carrying the name to many areas. In studying our archives we found that one of the earliest references to the family name Bathgate dates back in history to the year 1160.The colour Azure (Blue) in the coat of arms of the family Bathgate symbolizes Loyalty and Truth. It also reflects the hopes, ambitions and aspirations of its original bearer. It is interesting to note that the Center's research historians have discovered that Baggat is a variant spelling form of this surname.