2014 - Revised 24 April 2019
Breathes there a man with soul
so dead, who never to himself hath said,
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?
For extensive collections of the history of Lynns, Linns,