Lynn History

Copyright 2014 ~ 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 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?


Lynn of that Ilk

Andrew Lynn
and Ann Blair

Lynns of Londonderry,
Donegal and Tyrone

Dr. William Lynn


Margaret Lynn Lewis and The Valley Manuscript

Lynn or Linn ? Bard Pa Lein of Norway: A Flawed Scenario Widney-Woodney-Udny


For extensive collections of the history of Lynns, Linns, Linds, etc.
in Scotland and Ulster, see Book Excerpts on CDs.

For Linn/Lynn historical and genealogical information at Linkpendium, see :