Layman, Author of "Barony of Lynn", The
[For extensive collections of documented history of Lynns, Linns, Linds, etc. in Scotland and Ulster, see Book Excerpts on CD.]
Published here are four Scottish ballads, tales, or poems about persons who bore one variation or another of the name Lynn. Lyne and Lynn are the most common ancient forms of the name, but Lin or Line was sometimes used, and the same person or family can be found sometimes with one spelling and other times with another. The spelling Linn became popular in the 19th century as a "modern" adaptation. The first of the four stories recorded here is an ancient morality tale originally told sometime before 1600, being mentioned that year by Timothy Pont in his "Topographical Account ...". The second is a ballad about a young man, a maiden, and the fairy queen. The earliest reference to it is found in a writing dated 1549, and the earliest print version of the ballad itself is dated 1769. The third story is a tragic folk tale about a family of minor land barons in 13th- through 16th-century Dalry who bore the title "Lynn of that Ilk". It was described at its printing in 1889 as having its origin "hundreds of years ago or more". The fourth is a new poem about the Dalry family and the beautiful falls and glen that were the heart of their barony. Decades of research into this fascinating family who bore her name inspired the author to compose this poem in 2010. All four stories are included in the book Lynneage - the Lynns, Linns, and Linds of Scotland and Ulster, the remainder of which consists of more than 500 pages containing the documented history of persons and families of the name from the 12th through 19th centuries.