History reveals the roots of the Williamston family name in the ancient Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is derived from the Norman
The surname Williamston was first found in Peebles, where this predominantly Scottish
anciently, although their interests straddled the English Scottish border and they held territories as far south as Keswick in Cumberland.
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Scribes in Medieval Scotland
spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations
exist in names of that era. Williamston has been spelled Williamson, Wiliamson, Williamsone and others.
The number of Strathclyde Clan
families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence
allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: Michael Williamson, who settled in Massachusetts in 1631; James Williamson, who settled in Virginia in 1654 along with Isaac, Richard, Alice, and Ann.