Crawford’s are believed to be of
Norman origin, taking their name from the
barony of the same name in
Sir Reginald Crawford was appointed
sheriff of Ayr in 1296. His sister
Margaret married Wallace of Elderslie.
Their son was Sir William Wallace, the
great Scottish patriot.
The Crawford’s fought alongside
Wallace in his quest to remove the
English occupiers from Scotland.
The family of the sheriff of Ayr had
lands at Auchinames (Renfrewshire) and
Craufurdland (northeast of Kilmarnock
Sir William Crawfurd of Craufurdland
was said to be one of the bravest men of
his time, he was knighted by James I. He
fought with Scots forces in the service
of King Charles VII of France where he
was wounded at the siege of Creyult /