The Montgomery Genealogy

"A noble roman was the root from which Montgomery came; Who brought his legion from the war and settled the same upon a hill 'twist' Rome and Spain, Gomericus by name; From which he and his offspring do their sir name still retain."
(Monunt. From a poem written previous to 1700.)


Roger De Montgomery: (d. 1093), son of Roger the Great (who was exiled from Paris for "treachery", 1035), described himself as 'Ego Rogerus ex Normanno Normannus, magniautem Rogerii, filius. He was a cousin of William The Conqueror and held great estates."
"He contributed sixty ships for the invasion of England; commanded the right wing of the Norman Army in the battle of Hastings, 1066, and distinguished himself by killing an English giant.
He is described as the ancient hero, the lover of justice, and of the company of the wise and moderate."
"A large grant of land in Wales was overcome. The present county of Montgomery (with the city of Montgomery) is situated within the original grant."
"In England Count Montgomery became a convert to Protestantism; and when the civil war broke out in France a few years later, he joined the prince of Conde and the Admiral Coligny in the cause of the Huguenots. He was taken prisoner and publicly executed."

Count William De Montgomery "is said to have assassinated Osberne De Crepon, High Steward of Normandy. In vengeance, Baron De Glos, Osberne's associate, surrounded William in his castle, set it on fire and destroyed William with his comrades."
Philip of Montgomery (died 1099) "went on a Crusade to Palestine with Robert of Normandy, fought gallantly at Antioch and was killed before the gaes of Jerusalem." The Montgomery Family was next to the King's, one of the most powerful in Normandy."


Arnulf Montgomery (Earl of Pembroke-Wales) "built the Castle of Pembroke. During the reign of Henry I, he went to Ireland to collect supplies for the aray, and to woo the daughter of Murchadh, King of Leinster (was successful in both).
He remained to support the Irish King against an invasion by Magnus of Norway."
Alexander Montgomery (1556-1610) "occupied a conspicuous place in the poetical literature of Scotland during a period almost barren of poetic genius."
Montgomeries went from Scotland to the North of Ireland before the days of William and Mary, and were in Londonderry when that city was besieged by King James' army, 1689.
Sir John Montgomerie " was hostage for James I, 1423. Sir Alexander Montgomerie was a Member of the a Privy Council of James I, 1425. hugh Montgomerie (1st Earl of Eglinton, born 1460 died 1545) was on of the peers who arranged for the coronation of the infant prince James V, and was nominated one of the guardians of the prince; was later appointed Justice-General for the North of Ireland.
Alexander Montgomerie (6th Earl of Eglinton): At the battle of Marston Moor, July, 1644, he rendered signal service by holding his ground with his regiment when the charge of Prince Rupert swept the remainder of the left wing into confusion. Hugh Montgomerie (7th Earl of Eglinton): When the Covenanters determined to resist the march of King Charles northwards, 1639, he was chosen Colonel of the men of Renfrewshire.
He marched into England and commanded a brigade of 1,800 men in the battle of Newburn.

Archibald William Montgomery was a member of the House of Lords; appointed Lord General of Ireland, 1852. Charles H. Montgomery was Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, 1908; Assistant Marshall of the Diplomatic Corps, 1913. Lieut.-Col. Sire Basil Templar Graham Montgomery is now a Gentleman of the King's Body Guard for Scotland.


At least 64 Montgomeries are shown to have served in the American Revolution, the most noted of them being General Richard Montgomery. Several Montgomery heroes served with General Washington at Valley Forge.

Col. John Montgomery (born Ireland, 1722) served in expeditions against the Indians; was a Colonel with Washington and his body guard during the Revolution; was taken prisoner, but later exchanged; Member of the Continental Congress, 1782-1783; prominent in local and state affairs; commissioned to conclude a treaty of peace with the Indians at Fort Pitt; founded Dickinson College.

Over a score of Montgomery's were ship captains before the Revolution. Thomas Montgomery, Master of the ship 'Sally' received letters of marque at Philadelphia, 1762. Fort Montgomery was held by the American forces during the Revolution. Seven Montgomeries from Pa. served in the early Colonial Wars. William Montgomery (1727-1781) was an Indian fighter on the frontier and lost his life in Kentucky. Nathan Montgomery fought against the Indians with Daniel Boone in Kentucky.