Strathclyde Britons were the first to use the name Williamsown. It is derived from the Norman personal name William. The name literally was derived from the patronymic expression son of William.
Early Origins of the Williamsown family
Clan held a family seat anciently, although their interests straddled the English Scottish border and they held territories as far south as Keswick in Cumberland.
Early History of the Williamsown family
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Williamsown Spelling Variations
Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Williamsown has been spelled Williamson, Wiliamson, Williamsone and others.
Early Notables of the Williamsown family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Williamsown family to Ireland
Some of the Williamsown family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Williamsown family to the New World and Oceana
The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: Michael Williamson, who settled in Massachusetts in 1631; James Williamson, who settled in Virginia in 1654 along with Isaac, Richard, Alice, and Ann.
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