Boswell information sources

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This page is like a library of books and sources of information about the Boswells and related names such as Bosville, Buswell, etc.

If you have a book or source of information which is not already on this page, please either add it to the page, or let me know about it.

They can be unpublished and family documents, memoirs, etc, so long as you are willing to make them available to other researchers. Please add contact details where appropriate.

Sources of information

We are lucky that in 1906 Jasper John Boswell published the first volume of his "History and Genealogical Tables of the Boswells" - "Their Ancient Alliances and Connections from the Founder of the Name in the year 1066 to this day 1906 - With Legends and other accessory matter of general interest much associated with British History, connected with many ancient noble families of Yorkshire and Scotland, showing Pedigrees and Arms of the same compiled from public Records, Charters, and Family Documents". This is an extremely detailed record of the history and genealogy of the Boswell family from the arrival of Sieur Robert de Bosville in England from Normandy with William the Conqueror.

We are unlucky in that Volume 1 of Jasper's work contains only about one third of his research and takes us up to about 1600. The rest was thought to have been lost, but has now been traced, and exists in manuscript form in the possession of the Fondazione Sella in Biella, Italy. (Jasper's daughter Gertrude married in 1898 Gaudenzio Sella, a banker). David Boswell of Balmuto, Bath, England, has transcribed the text of the manuscript, and we have started a subscription list to fund publication of Vol 2, and to republish Vol 1. The cost is anticipated to be about £30 sterling for each volume. If you would like to be on the list please contact me (Boswell-455) through Wikitrees or David by post. Update (April 2020): This project appears to have stalled. However, pdf copies of the text of part 2 have been located.

While this work by J J Boswell is extensive, and frequently quotes sources, it is not absolutely infallible, but it is amazingly comprehensive for the time when it was written. Of course, as Jasper lived in Norwich, Norfolk, England, he had little contact with our cousins in the United States and elsewhere in the world, so he focused on the Boswells of Great Britain, and one of the areas of research that this one name study might be able to assist is into the connections between the US branches and the British branches of the family, and it is possible that y-DNA testing will be able to help us with this.

However, even with DNA tests available, we will still need documentary evidence to prove potential links between different branches. It will be very helpful if we can gather together links to sources of documentary evidence.

Another major source of information is the Boswell family papers that are held at Yale University, in the Beinecke Rare Book Collection, which were accumulated by the Auchinleck Boswells and rediscovered at various times and locations during the 20th Century.

Thanks to Stephen Ralph Boswell, we have recently come across this page that demonstrates one link between the Buswell and Bosville names.

He has also supplied the photo of Glover's 1658 Pedigree of the Bosville family shown here.

There is an excellent list of sources here Kitty's Library

There is a useful help page on how to add sources in Wkitree here Help:Sources

And another one about how they should be written here Sources Style Guide

And another here with FAQs Help:Sources_FAQ

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