NEW: "Lynneage" on CDs!
(Additional family histories will be coming in the future.)
The original hard-bound "Lynneage" volume is currently out of print.  However,
CDs are available for either Ulster, a specific region of Scotland, OR
the entire historical/genealogical collection concerning Lynns, etc. in Scotland and Ulster.

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
(Please see About Surnames to understand the inconsistency of name spelling in historical records.)

"Lynneage - The Lynns, Linns, and Linds of Scotland and Ulster"

Book Description




       "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 ..."



  Lynn Falls in Dalry, Ayrshire
  Courtesy of Armour Hamilton



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