Coolbough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The story of the Coolbough family begins in ancient Scotland among the Pictish clans. The Coolbough family lived in Coull, in Aberdeenshire. There is also another place so named, in the Highland Region, which may have independently given rise to this surname.
Early Origins of the Coolbough family
The surname Coolbough was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland in the parish of Coull.
"This place is supposed to have taken its name, which signifies a 'corner,' from its situation in the south-eastern extremity of the district of Cromar. " 
Coull Castle was an 13th-century castle to the south of Coull. Only traces of the castle can be found today.
Important Dates for the Coolbough family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coolbough research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1219 and 1567 are included under the topic Early Coolbough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Coolbough Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Coolbough has appeared Coull, Coul, Cowill, Cowell, Cull, Cowles, Cowl, Cowle and many more.
Early Notables of the Coolbough family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coolbough family
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Coolbough name: John Coule who settled in Virginia in 1654; Francis Coull arrived in Philadelphia in 1856; Martin and Sam Cowl arrived in San Francisco in 1850; Ira Cowles arrived in New York in 1820 with his apprentice.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.