Scottish kings of the 12th Century; notably David I (1125 - 1153) encouraged
Norman settlement in Scotland; this led to the development of many powerful and
landed families such as those of Bruce, Leslie, Melville and Somerville. Some
sources suggest Dowie is a corruption of Norman names DOWAI, DUUAI, DOUAI, or
DOAI. As such it is first found registered in The Domesday Book
( 1086AD. ) under Walter de Doai.
who bear the name may wish to claim the following:
Azure three quartrefoils chevron wise between as many doves d'or.
The trunk of a tree eradicated lesswise and sproating to the dexter
proper, surmounted by a dove volant, holding in the beak a sprig of olive also
proper and gorged with a collar gemel d'or.
Virture mine honour
The name denotes one who is a native of Douai - a town 10 miles S of
Lille, approx 150 miles NNE of Paris.
holding manors in Somerset was Walter de Douai, son of Urso of Douai near Lille
in Normandy. He was also at the Battle of Hastings. He held 37 manors. Walter
also held extensive lands in Devonshire and a great barony. From him were
descended the Barons Bampton of Devonshire. He may have had two other brothers
at Hastings, Fouque and Goselin."
de Douai - his Somerset holdings:
"Walter de Douai, was from Douai, near Lille, in Normandy. Son of Urso de Douai, Walter was at Hastings but his brother Hugh does not appear in the rolls and probably remained at the chief domain in Normandy. Walter received large baronies in Devonshire and Somerset. His chief domain was at Bampton, and from him descended the Barons of Bampton."
Emma DOUAI;F;Marriage;01/01/1074;Bampton, Essex, England