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Where did the Scottish Boyne family come from? What is the Scottish Boyne family crest and coat of arms? When did the Boyne family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Boyne family history?

In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Boyne, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. The ancestors of the Boyne family lived in the lands of Boyne, near Portsoy in Banffshire since very early times. Translating from the Gaelic, the name means dweller by the river Boyne.

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Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Boyne has been written Boyne, Boyn, Boynd and others.

First found in Banffshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhanbh), former Scottish county located in the northeasterly Grampian region of Scotland, now of divided between the Council Areas of Moray and Aberdeenshire, where they held a family seat in the ancient thanedom of Boyne near Portsoy in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyne research. Another 255 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1577, 1613, 1591, 1690, 1750 and 1810 are included under the topic Early Boyne History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Boyne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Boyne family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Boyne:

Boyne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Boyne, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • Rich Boyne, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
  • Daniell Boyne, who landed in America in 1679

Boyne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Boyne, aged 31, landed in Missouri in 1840
  • Phillip Boyne, who landed in New York in 1846
  • Bernard Boyne, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1848
  • Benjm Boyne, aged 33, landed in New York in 1862
  • Patrick Boyne who arrived in Philadelphia in 1874

Boyne Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Alex Boyne U.E who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. James Boyne U.E who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783

Boyne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Peter Boyne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849
  • Jane Boyne, aged 34, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander"
  • Maria Boyne, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"
  • Rose Boyne, aged 29, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"
  • Elizabeth Boyne, aged 46, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance"


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  • Thomas Boyne (1849-1896), American soldier, recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in the Indian Wars of the western United States
  • John Boyne (b. 1971), Irish novelist
  • Henry Boyne (b. 1910), Political Correspondent of the Daily Telegraph
  • Walter J. Boyne (b. 1929), retired United States Air Force officer, combat veteran, aviation historian, former director of the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution
  • Peter Boyne (b. 1944), former Australian Rules Footballer
  • Mr. Peter Boyne (d. 1941), British Ordnance Artificer 5th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking


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  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Boyne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boyne 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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