Lynn History

Copyright 2014 - Revised 24 April 2019
Loretta Lynn Layman, Author of "Barony of Lynn", The Scottish Genealogist,
Vol. LVII No. 1, The Scottish Genealogy Society, Edinburgh (March 2010)

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Breathes there a man with soul so dead, who never to himself hath said,
"This is my own, my native land."

Sir Walter Scott

With growing interest in ancestral origins, Lynns or Linns also long to know from whom and whence they came.  For those who seek to discover their Scottish and Ulster-Scottish forebears, many questions arise.  These pages will attempt to answer some of those questions and clarify a few things which have been popularly misunderstood.  What exactly was the relationship between the Lynns of that Ilk and the Boyds of Kilmarnock?  Who were the first Scottish Lynns in Ulster, Ireland?  What of the "Laird of Loch Lynn" who reportedly fathered Margaret Lynn Lewis, wife of the founder of Staunton, Virginia?  And what of Colonel Widney, whose great-granddaughter Sarah married Hugh Linn of Ulster?  For that matter, is there a difference between the names Linn and Lynn?


Lynn of that Ilk
a/k/a Lords of Lynn

Andrew Lynn
and Ann Blair

Lynns of Londonderry,
Donegal and Tyrone

Dr. William Lynn
of Ulster and Virginia


Lynn or Linn ?

Margaret Lynn Lewis
Valley Manuscript
Bard Pa Lein of Norway -
A Word of Caution
Scottish Protestant Lynns of Ulster  




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