Gammell family history

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Welcome to a history of a Scottish family of Gammells who are
descended from William Gammell, born in about 1695,
a Greenock shipmaster and his wife Margaret Scott.

On this Web site you can: 
Learn about the origin and history of the name Gammell
Read about the lives of Gammell ancestors
View the Gammell family Coat of Arms
View the Gammell family tartan
Download a number of documents as PDFs
View the family tree
Contact me

This history does not by any means cover all those whose name is Gammell. There are Gammells in Ireland, UK, the United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore and elsewhere, but the links between their families and this family, if they ever existed, are lost in history.  There are also many families with similar names to the name Gammell and those families too may well be linked, given that the spelling of surnames in Parish Registers up until about 200 years ago, depended on the clerk or minister, who entered names as they heard them, and thus spelling varied widely.

My Father, Edward Gammell (1908-1999), wrote the original Gammell Family History between 1968 and 1976 and published it as a ring-bound book.  A copy of that original history is available as a PDF in the downloads section of this website.

This web history is based on that text, but with the addition of much additional information resulting from further research and information provided to me by others.

By putting this history on the web, I hope not only that we can remember the lives and achievements of these people, but that it may also may inspire others to research these links.  If you have any information to add to this history or would like to send me photographs relevant to this family history, please contact Alistair Gammell.

You are free to use any of information/pictures on this website, but if you republish it/them, I'd be grateful if you could acknowledge as the source.  Thank you.

Version 6
Updated June 2017
This history can also be viewed at (Version 2)    

Printing from this site
You are more than welcome to printout or use the information on this site, however it is built in GoDaddy web builder and unbelieveably, GoDaddy make it impossible to print from their web builder sites! had I known that from the start, I would have used someone else!

I am in the process of making PDFs of each web page.  Where I have done this, you will see a green button in the top right of the page.  Click on that and you will get a PDF downloaded and printing that will be easy.  Where there is no PDF yet, I'm afraid you wil havebto use the work around recommended by Go-daddy, which is at I'm afraid only half works and messes up the photographs and formatting - sorry about that, but blame Go-daddy!

Grandson Edward, Alistair and the Author, Edward Gammell (February 1998)