Bowersock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Scottish name Bowersock was first used by someone who worked as a maker of bows. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word bower, which means bow maker.

Early Origins of the Bowersock family

The surname Bowersock was first found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Pùballan), former county in South-central Scotland, in the present day Scottish Borders Council Area, where they held a family seat in the old manor of Bower in the parish of Drummelzier.

One of the first records of the family was "Lorence atte Bure of the county of Peebles, and William Oftherebure of the county of Roxburgh [who] rendered homage [to King Edward I of England] in 1296." [1]

Important Dates for the Bowersock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowersock research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1317, 1387, 1489, 1479, 1615, 1449, 1686, 1766, 1685, 1702, 1706, 1705, 1681, 1664, 1689, 1671 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Bowersock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bowersock Spelling Variations

In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Bowersock has appeared as Bower, Bowre, Bowyr, Bowers, Bowyer, Beauer and many more.

Early Notables of the Bowersock family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Walter Bower or Bowmaker (d. 1449), Abbot of Inchcolm, reputed continuator of Fordun's 'Chronica Gentis Scotorum,' as it appears in the volume generally known as the 'Scotichronicon.' Archibald Bower (1686-1766), was a Scottish author of the 'History of the Popes,' born on 17 Jan. 1685 at or near Dundee; according to his own account, he was descended from an ancient family which had been for several hundred years possessed of an estate in the county of Angus in Scotland. In 1702 he was sent to the Scotch college at Douay; afterwards proceeded to Rome...
Another 114 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowersock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bowersock family to Ireland

Some of the Bowersock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bowersock family

The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them: Henry Bower who settled in Virginia in 1637; Robert Bower settled in Virginia in 1698; John Bowers settled in Virginia in 1663; Jonas Bowers settled in Virginia in 1637.

Contemporary Notables of the name Bowersock (post 1700)

  • Justin De Witt Bowersock (1842-1922), American politician from Columbiana, Ohio, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas (1899-1907)
  • Jane Dee Bowersock (b. 1935), birth name of Jane Dee Hull, an American politician, 20th Governor of Arizona (1997-2003), 16th Secretary of State of Arizona (1995-1997), 36th Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives (1989-1992)
  • J. P. Bowersock, American musician, guitarist, performer and record producer
  • Glen Warren Bowersock (b. 1936), American historian of ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East from Providence, Rhode Island

Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
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