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The surname Boscawen derives their name from the local Boscawen, in Cornwall best known for Boscawen-Un, a Bronze age stone circle close to St Buryan. It consists of 19 upright stones in an ellipse. An old Welsh triad mentions a principal gorseddau on the Island of Britain as "Beisgawen in Dumnonia", which most believe refer to Boscawen-Un by the Gorseth's founders. In more recent years, Boscawen, New Hampshire was named after Edward Boscawen, the British admiral who distinguished himself at the 1758 Siege of Louisbourg.

Boscawen Early Origins



The surname Boscawen was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Tregothnan. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset. "Descended from Henry who lived in the reign of King John, and who took the name of Bascawen from the lordship of Boscawen-Rose, still the property of the family. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

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Boscawen Spelling Variations


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Boscawen Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Boscowen, Boscawen, Boscoan, Boscoe, Boscow and others.

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Boscawen Early History


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Boscawen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boscawen research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1079, 1164, 1627, 1689, 1654, 1689, 1625, 1701, 1646, 1701, 1628, 1685, 1680 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Boscawen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Boscawen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Boscawen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Charles Boscawen (1627-1689), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Cornwall between 1654 and 1689; and his brother Hugh Boscawen (1625-1701), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Cornwall between 1646 and...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boscawen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Boscawen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Boscawen (post 1700)



  • Admiral Edward Boscawen (1711-1761), British Admiral in the Royal Navy and Member of Parliament for the borough of Truro, Cornwall, best known for his Siege of Louisburg in 1758, eponym of the HMS Boscawen
  • John Boscawen (b. 1957), New Zealand member of the New Zealand House of Representatives
  • Hugh Boscawen (1680-1734), 1st Viscount Falmouth

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Boscawen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boscawen 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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