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Where did the Scottish Cossons family come from? What is the Scottish Cossons family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cossons family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cossons family history?

The Cossons family saga is rooted in the people of the Pictish Clan of ancient Scotland. The Cossons family lived in the lands of Cossins near the Castle of Glamis, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Cossons include Cossens, Cossins, Cossons, Cosen, Cosens and others.

First found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cossons research. Another 140 words(10 lines of text) covering the year 1509 is included under the topic Early Cossons History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cossons Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Cossons: Elizabeth Cossen who settled in Barbados in 1635; Jonathon Cossens arrived with servant in Barbados in 1680; William Cossens arrived in Barbados in 1685.

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The Cossons Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cossons Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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