About Fulbert "The Saxon" [de Polloc]
Clan Pollock can trace its origin to Fulbert "the Saxon", a vassal knight of Walter fitz Alan from Oswestry, Shropshire, England. One of Walter fitz Alan's followers was a Richard Wallace of Oswestry, of whom Fulbert would've likely been aware. It is possible that "the Saxon" refers to the Futhorc spelling of the name Wallace.
Fulbert came to Scotland with Walter fitz Alan in about 1136 and fought for Scotland at the Battle of the Standard at Northallerton in 1138.
Fulbert's sons were granted land in Renfrewshire for the service of their father, a knight to Walter fitz Alan, reconfirmed in a charter in 1157 by Malcolm IV.
The family name is retained in place names such as Pollok, Pollokshields and Pollokshaws, all situated to the south side of the River Clyde, between Glasgow city centre and Paisley.
The church of Pollock was given to the monks of the Priory of Paisley in 1163 by Petrus de Polloc, eldest son of Fulbert. As part of a dowry for one of his daughters, Petrus bestowed the barony of Rothes upon her. Robert de Polloc, Fulbert's third son, gave the church of Mearns to the Priory of Paisley.
- John de Polloc was a signatory to the Ragman Rolls subscribing allegiance to King Edward I of England in 1296.
- John Pollock of Pollock fought on the side of Mary, Queen of Scots, at the Battle of Langside on 13 May 1568, only a few miles from Pollock Castle and, as a result, was forfeited of some of his lands.
- John Pollock, his son, was killed on 7 December 1593 at the Battle of Dryfe Sands near Lockerbie during a battle between Clan Maxwell and the Clan Johnstone.
- Robert Pollock of Pollock was knighted and made 1st Baronet of Pollock by Queen Anne in 1703 for his services to the crown.
The name of Pollock means "Little Pool" or "Loch-Poll"; or Gaelic Pollag, Little pool.