The surname Bowater was first found in Middlesex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
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Mr. Daniel Bowater, (b. 1817), aged 20, English labourer who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1890 
Lt.-Col. Sir Ian Frank Bowater GBE, DSO, TD (1904-1982), English politician, Lord Mayor of London from 1969 to 1970
William Vansittart Bowater (1838-1907), English founder of Bowater Scott, now known as Rexam, one of the United Kingdom's largest packaging businesses
WV Bowater, English businessman, who began a paper merchant business in London, England in 1881, which would become the Bowater corporation of pulp and paper mills in North America
General Sir Edward Bowater (1787-1861), British lieutenant-general and colonel 49th foot from 1846, descended from a respectable Coventry family, members of which were established in London and at Woolwich during the 17th century 
Alexis Bowater (b. 1969), former British television journalist and presenter
Sir Euan David Vansittart Bowater (b. 1935), 3rd Baronet
Sir Noël Vansittart Bowater (1892-1984), 2nd Baronet
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