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William Lynn

Birthplace: Kilmacrenan, County Donegal, Ireland
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Husband of Ann Lynn
Father of Elizabeth Hutcherson; Dr. William Lynn; Margaret Lewis; Charles Lynn and Audley Lynn

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About William Lynn

He was not a son of Andrew Lynn of that Ilk and Ann Blair of Auldmuir. They had no children. There is no evidence he was a brother of Andrew Linn. He was not Laird of Loch Lynn or Laird of Lynn.

The statement from The Encyclopedia Britannica Library, which is contained entirely in the first paragraph below the next underline, does not in any way address the question of whether or not there actually was a “Laird of Loch Lynn”. That title in fact was invented by a known 19th-century author of poetry and prose named Mary Jane Stith Upshur under the pseudonym Fanny Fielding in her 1869 so-called “Common-Place Book of me Margaret Lewis, nee Lynn, of Loch Lynn, Scotland”.1/,2/,3/,4/ Also known as “The Valley Manuscript”, it was published in a North Carolina rather than Virginia historical magazine, republished and embellished in 1892 in a West Virginia historical magazine, but entirely discredited in the February 15, 1948 issue of “The Richmond-Times Dispatch”.5/,6/ The last paragraph in the narrative below the underline here, if kept, should read, “It is reported ...” rather than "documented that he was known as the Laird of Loch Lynn [etc.]”.

1/ Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography, James Grant Wilson and John Fiske, New York (1889), vol. 6, pp. 214, 733.

2/ ‘’Dictionary of American Biography’’, Francis S. Drake, Boston (1879), p. vii.

3/ ‘’Living Female Writers of the South’’, Edit. Author of "Southland Writers", Philadelphia (1872), pp. 416-19.

4/ ‘’Southland Writers’’, Ida Raymond, Philadelphia (1870), vol. 2, pp. 799-805.

5/ The Richmond Times-Dispatch, 15 Feb. 1948 : "Bogus Portrait Supplements 'Old Valley Manuscript' Hoax"].


Another popular but erroneous belief is that the “Lynns of the Cunningham Dist, Ayrshire, Scotland were of the Boyd clan.” Most relevant is the fact that the Boyds were not an historic clan per se prior to the 20th century. To the chagrin of some living Scots of title, Scotland’s Court of the Lord Lyon (likely in order to encourage Scottish tourism and interest in Scotland worldwide) decided to grant clan status to any family whose chief had a proven coat of arms and proven lineage. Until the last two or three centuries, coats of arms were entirely an Anglo-Norman device never used by clans. Today, however, even a school, university, sporting club, charity, etc. can register a coat of arms. In 1956, to accompany the new status of clan, Lord Kilmarnock commissioned and registered a tartan []. Perhaps there is more than an aesthetic reason their “clan” is titled simply “House of Boyd Society”.

Once clan status was gained and a tartan registered, certain Boyds set about trying to link as many Ayrshire families as possible and adding them to their clan as septs and surnames. They presumed that any family found living in or connected to any piece of property over which the Boyds had dominion at any point in time - including any that held such property - must have been allied to the Boyds and must have owed its ownership of property to the Boyds. For the Lynns, they understandably but mistakenly relied on a 1563 resignation in which Thomas Boyd of Kilmarnock was called Laird of Lynn : search for Reference # GD8/179. It turns out that document is much more recent than a number of other documents concerning the Lynns of Cunningham District and their barony. Just one example, and most pointedly, it was 31 years earlier - May 11, 1532 to be precise - that the Lynns sold a portion of their barony to the Boyds, proving they owned it before and independently of the Boyds ["The Register of the Great Seal of Scotland A.D. 1513-1546", Edit., James Balfour Paul, F.S.A. Scot., and John Maitland Thomson, M.A., Advocates, Edinburgh (1883), p. 254].

Finally, considering the 1757 will of Dr. William Lynn of Fredericksburg, assumed son of this William Lynn, it is questionable whether Sarah Cameron Lynn was a daughter of this William. There are no records contemporaneous to the younger William indicating that he had a sister named Sarah Cameron Patton nee Lynn. Specifically, while his will does name his siblings - both living and dead - there is no mention of a sister Sarah. What source does anyone rely on for the relationship claimed? ___________________________________________________

The Laird of Loch Lynn: The Encyclopedia Brittanica Library Research Service states: The Loch Lynn referred to is "The Loch Linnhe" in western Scotland, County of Inverness. It extends from the Firth of Lome which empties into the Scottish Sea and extends north and east for a distance of 21 miles. The region was the home of the Camerons and McDonalds and of the Dukes of Argyll of the Clan Campbell. It was the seat of many of the principal historical Highland Clans.

Little is known of the Laird of Loch Lynn. He was of Presbyterian faith and was forced to flee Scotland for Ulster, Ireland due to religious persecution.

The Lynns of Cunningham Dist, Ayrshire, Scotland were of the Boyd clan. According to web page appalachian David was David Cameron, "Laird of Loch Linnhe" in Scotland. He was born betw 1640-1645 in Scotland. He was of the Presbyterian faith and was forced to flee Scotland for Ulster, Ireland due to religious persecution. He was known as David of Lynn. He's also been called William David Lynn.

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According to Jonathan Wolfson: It is documented in some information that He was known as the Laird of Loch Lynn, and a Physician. He and his wife, Margaret, had at least 6 children: Sarah Cameron Patton; Margaret Lewis; John Lynn; Charles Lynn; William Lynn; (Audley Lynn and Jane Paul) Brother of Andrew Linn, Sr., Much of the Lynn land was sold to the Boyd family. The family fled to Ireland from Scotland probably due to religious reasons, finally ending up in Virginia USA.

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William Lynn's Timeline

Kilmacrenan, County Donegal, Ireland
Age 50
Donegal, Ireland
Age 50
July 3, 1693
Age 53
Drumachose, Derry, Ireland
Age 60
Age 60