(Additional family histories will be coming in the future.)
The original hard-bound "Lynneage" volume is still available.
However, you may prefer CDs for
either Ulster or a specific region of
Scotland OR for the entire historical/genealogical collection.
This history of Lynns
includes the following variant spellings:
Lean, Lein, Len, Lena, Lenna, Lennie, Leyne,
Lin, Lind, Line, Linn,
Linne, Linnie, Lyn, Lynd, Lyne, Lynn, Lynne, and Lynny
with a few occurrences of Lindesay and Lyndesay
to understand the inconsistency of name spelling in historical records.)
"Lynneage - The Lynns, Linns, and Linds of Scotland and Ulster"
"Ayrshire was the location of an old family of Lynns who dwelt near what
Paterson described as a 'beautiful natural cascade on the Water of Caaf, near to
which stood the ancient castle of Lin'. While geography often generated surnames
when surnames came into use, in this case it was mere coincidence.
This family, a root of unnumbered branches, was named de Lynne
long before arriving in Ayrshire. While their barony and fortalice sometimes
were called Lin or Linn, it is Lynn which came to be the accepted form of the
family name in Ayrshire. ...
"Scottish historians such as Paterson and McKerlie
believed that Walter de Lynne, signer of the 1296 Ragman Roll, was the ancestor
of this family. Some believe that, in their earliest days, the
Lynns were vassals of the DeMorvilles. However,
the 1852 Imperial
Gazetteer of Scotland
relates that: (1) the Lynns were kinsmen of the English baron Hugh de Morville;
(2) de Morville was allied with King David I, participated in the 1170 slaying
of Thomas ŕ Beckett, fled to Scotland, and was granted the lands of Dalry; and
(3) Walter Lynn, first of the family in Ayrshire, inherited the barony of Lynn
from de Morville. Direct ownership is
proved by the language used to describe the Lynns and their holding of the
barony. First, they bore the title 'of
that ilk', and the right to be so called was granted only by royal charter.
Second, they were also described as 'lords' or 'lairds', which term
indicates a holder of land directly from the king and not through an overlord. The
Lynns’ precise relationship to de Morville is not known but is suggested by the
following records ..."
Falls in Dalry, Ayrshire