The Lynns, Linns, and Linds of Scotland and Ulster
"Lynneage" on CD
Including these additional variant spellings
Lean, Lein, Len,
Lin, Lind, Line, Linn, Linne, Linnie, Lyn, Lynd, Lyne,
with a few occurrences of Lindesay and Lyndesay
Each title / chapter listed above represents either a region of Scotland or the province of Ulster, Ireland, as follows:
Ayr and Galloway - Running along the southwest coast of Scotland, the county of Ayrshire and the historic district of Galloway were often linked by Scottish historians of the past. Galloway includes the counties of Wigtownshire and Kirkcudbrightshire. The likely reasons for the association of Ayr and Galloway are that: (1) during Scotland's early centuries, there was considerable connection between certain aristrocratic families in the two places; and (2) there was at the same time frequent migration of the common folk between the two.
Dumfries and the Borders - Not to be confused with the modern regional title "The Scottish Borders", this is the historic district, which includes the truly border counties of Dumfriesshire, Roxburghshire, and Berwickshire as well as the adjacent counties of Peeblesshire and Selkirkshire. Dumfries and the Borders stretches eastward from Galloway.
Edinburgh and the Lothians - North of the Borders, this historic region is comprised of the three Lothian Counties: East Lothian, Midlothian, and West Lothian. Midlothian is home to the ancient and royal city of Edinburgh.
The Kingdom of Fife - This region includes Fifeshire, anciently called the Kingdom of Fife, as well as the tiny counties of Clackmannan and Kinross, thus drawing a more regular boundary for the region. It lies north of the Lothians, on the opposite shore of the Firth of Forth.
Angus and Royal Dundee - Continuing north from the Kingdom of Fife, this region lies on the north shore of the Firth of Tay and is comprised entirely of the county of Angusshire. The county's royal burgh and city of Dundee has been associated with the Scottish monarchy practically from its inception. Also in the county is the town of Arbroath, where Scotland's own declaration of independence was signed in 1320, bearing the seals of thirty-eight Scottish lords.
The Mearns and the Grampians - More northern still, the Mearns is an ancient name for Kincardineshire while Grampian (a/k/a the Grampian Highlands) encompasses the counties of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, Moray, and Nairnshire.
The Highlands and the Isles - Extending to the northernmost bounds of Scotland and as far west as the Atlantic Ocean, this vast wild region includes the Highlands of Scotland as well as its northern islands of Orkney and Shetland and its western islands, known as the Hebrides. The region also borders the very center of Scotland, touching Perthshire.
Perthshire - This title speaks for itself, the region consisting entirely of the county of the same name. There, Kenneth mac Alpin, first King of Scots, seated the Celtic church in the ninth century.
Stirling to Argyll - On the southern border of Perthshire and cutting a westward path from the River Tay to the southern isles, this region includes the counties of Stirlingshire, Dumbartonshire, Argyll, and Bute.
Glasgow and the Clyde Valley - Often called "Little Scotland", this region has a northern border adjacent to Stirlingshire, West Lothian, and Midlothian. Its eastern border meets Peeblesshire while its southern border also forms part of the northern border of Dumfriesshire. Finally, a significant portion of its western border is shared with Ayrshire ... and so, we come full circle through the kingdom of Scotland ... but not to the end of our journey.
Ulster - The historic province of Ulster includes today’s Northern Ireland ~ i.e., Counties Londonderry [Derry], Tyrone, Armagh, Fermanagh, Down, and Antrim ~ as well as certain counties which lie in today’s Republic of Ireland ~ Donegal, Cavan, and Monaghan. The sources upon which this chapter rests reveal no Lynns in either Cavan or Monaghan in the nineteenth century or earlier. Be that as it may, thousands of Scots ~ including a number of Lynns ~ migrated to Ulster in the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, giving rise to the misleading name "Scotch-Irish". While some intermarriage certainly must have occurred, that name was intended to signify Scots who lived in Ulster for one or more generations. It is being increasingly replaced by historians and genealogists with the more appropriate name "Ulster Scots".
Historical records for Scotland include, among other sources: extracts of birth, marriage, death, and census records; extracts (and a few transcripts) of testaments; records of apprenticeships and burgesses; records of the Privy Council of Scotland; abstracts of protocol books; records from town, burgh, and parish histories of Scotland; records from church, abbey, and university histories; and information from various peerage accounts and the papers of notable families with whom Lynns had dealings.
Records for Ulster include extracts from, among others: the 1630 Donegal muster roll; the 1642-1703 Register of Derry Cathedral; Pender’s 1659 Census of Ireland; 1663 Donegal hearth money rolls; the 1766 religious census; the 1796 flax growers list; 1795-1863 Londonderry marriages; the 1801 statistical survey of Donegal; 1850-69 Derryloran, County Tyrone marriages; County Down gravestone inscriptions; Griffiths Valuation; freeholders/voters lists; will calendars and indices; a Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, Vols. I & II; Rev. Hill’s “Historical Account of the Plantation of Ulster”; and “The Ulster Plantation in the Manor of Dunnalong [County Tyrone] 1610-70”.
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