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Collyson/Collison Tree

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This is a simple project discussion group aimed at those of us that have relatives sharing the Collyson/Collison surname.

There is quite a big incentive for those of us following the Collison tree as we can trace the tree as far back as 1410 with the birth of John Collison of Auchlunies (see and, even more exciting his daughter's marriage to, which, if correctly recorded, leads to the very heart of Scottish aristocracy.

Note too, that some genealogists have questioned the link with John of Auclunies in Scotland with John Collison who is recorded as being born in Suffolk. My view is that we should accept these reservations and do our utmost to try and unearth further evidence that will resolve the issue one way or another.

The Collison family has other interesting members, not the least being the branch headed by Nicholas Cobb Collison whose son Francis Collison, who, in 1825, with the support of the Governor, Lord Charles Somerset, formed the Cape Wine Trade Committee.

In the years following, the well-known names of Collisons Brandy Company, Van Ryns, E K Green, Sedgwick, Paarlse Wijn en Brandewijn Maatschappij Beperk and others were established in South Africa.