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Bowie Genealogy and Bowie Family History Information

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  • Allen Bowie, I (1719 - 1783)
    Updated from MyHeritage Family Trees via brother Thomas Bowie by SmartCopy : Aug 10 2015, 14:09:31 UTC
  • Elve Ap-Catesby Bowie (1766 - 1837)
  • George Washington Bowie (1811 - 1887)
    The Book Bowie an their Kindred got many details right about George W Bowie yet missed filling in the blanks about his life in general . Some say he died in 1846, an some claim 1861 in White Sulphur Sp...
  • Col. James "Jim" Bowie (commander Alamo volunteers) (1796 - 1836)
    James "Jim" Bowie (April 10, 1796 – March 6, 1836), a 19th-century American pioneer and soldier, played a prominent role in the Texas Revolution, culminating in his death at the Battle of the ...
  • James Rhesa Bowie (1739 - 1796)
    James Bowie Two of three Scotch brothers of the same name did settle in Maryland and have numerous progeny. But the third brother, at the same time, settled in South Carolina. His son Rezin was born ...

About the Bowie surname

Bowie is said to be a sept of the Clan Donald North which hales from around Skye in Scotland (the name probably derives from Mac Ghillie Buidhe, which translates roughly as son of the fair haired - or freckled - follower). However, there are other possible origins - and other spellings as well

Many with the name Bowie came out of the Highlands as a consequence of the Clearances. However, there were Bowies outside the Highlands in places such as Edinburgh well before the eighteenth century breakdown in the Highland way of life which culminated in the Clearances.

There have been Bowies in Stirlingshire since the sixteenth century, and Scottish Old Parish Registers and the 1841 census suggest that several families of Bowies were established near Falkirk by the 1800s, some with lineages that can be traced back to the early eighteenth century via Scottish naming patterns but which cannot be corroborated.

Descendants of these families have spread across the world but, from a perusal of telephone directories it appears that the name Bowie remains most commonly to be found in the west of Scotland.