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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
  • Catharine Bowie (1778 - 1856)
    born and died in Prince George's County, Maryland* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Feb 22 2018, 16:03:07 UTC
  • Duncan Phillip Bowie (1875 - 1963)
    Military draft registration : Between 1917 and 1918 - Jackson Parish, Louisiana, United States* Residence : 1880 - 2nd Ward, Bienville, Louisiana, United States* Residence : 1900 - Ward 1 (all south & ...
  • Eli B. Bowie, I (1774 - 1844)
    Eli Bowie BIRTH 1774 Abbeville County, South Carolina, USA DEATH 24 Jun 1844 (aged 69–70) Abbeville County, South Carolina, USA BURIAL Bowie Family Cemetery Due West, Abbeville County, South Carolina,...

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.