I'm hoping one of you has the Coughran Coat of Arms that you can forward to me.All I can offer in return is a short reference to the first appearance of the name "Coughran."Because my email blocks unknown email addresses, you'll have to signal me here first.Here's the brief history I promised:
On 28 August, 1296, King Edward I of England held a "parliament" at Berwick. All the prominent Scottish landowners, churchmen and burgesses were summoned to swear allegiance to Edward and sign the parchments and affix their seals, many of which had ribbons attached. In addition to such prominent people as Robert Bruce, 6th Lord of Annandale, his son, the 2nd Earl of Carrick and William Wallace's uncle, Sir Reginald de Crauford, 2,000 signatures were inscribed, making it a most valuable document for future researchers.(Next time you watch Braveheart keep in mind there's a fellow Coughran amongst those brave men).
And amongst those 2000 forced signatories was William de Coughran, of the County of Lanark (or Lanarkshire).So A.D. 1296 is as far back as I've traced the Coughran name, and I have to believe if he signed it he probably had some kind of family crest, seal, or motto.I read somewhere that the name Coughran means "Red Brook."It would be nice to actually see William de Coughran's signature and his seal/ribbon which may have been affixed to the Ragman Rolls of 1296.Anyone ever go this far in their research?
All these variations we see are either not the same family, or someone along the way has bastardized or misspelled it, i.e. Cochran, Caughron, et al, or perhaps some name-taker didn't bother to ask the spelling when taking someone's name and it was thereafter recorded and spelled incorrectly.I for one trust in William de Coughran's spelling of 1296, he obviously knew who he was.
It seems that William is one of the most popular of the Coughran names.My grandfather was also named William; William Urban Coughran b1898.He was born and died in Texas.Seems there was also a George Washington Coughran in my family line some time back as well.