Copyright 2012 ~
Layman, Author of "Barony of Lynn", The
Breathes there a man with soul
so dead, who never to himself hath said,
Sir Walter Scott
With the rising interest in ancestral origins, Lynns or Linns also long to know from whom and whence they came. These pages are dedicated to persons of the name who, centuries ago, lived in Scotland and Ulster. Among them were country lairds and simple shepherds; monks and preachers; teachers, doctors, and lawyers; farmers, craftsmen, and merchants. Regardless of occupation, position, or title, some lived nobly and others contemptibly. Some labored honestly, while others stole. Some sacrificed their homes and their very lives for the principled freedom of the Gospel, while others oppressed those who did so. They taught people to read, and they inspired writers of poetry and folklore.
Many questions arise for those who seek to know their Scottish and Ulster-Scot Lynn ancestors. These pages will answer a few 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 supposedly 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?
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