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.
Early Origins of the Boscawen family
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
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
. "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. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Boscawen family
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.
Boscawen Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Boscowen, Boscawen, Boscoan, Boscoe, Boscow and others.
Early Notables of the Boscawen family (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.
Migration of the Boscawen family to the New World and Oceana
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..
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Edward Boscawen. (Retrieved 2010, October 21) Edward Boscawen. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Boscawen
- John Boscawen (b. 1957), New Zealand member of the New Zealand House of Representatives
- Hugh Boscawen (1680-1734), 1st Viscount Falmouth CITATION[CLOSE]
Hugh Boscawen. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Hugh Boscawen. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Boscawen,_1st_Viscount_Falmouth