Clan Boswell

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Welcome to Clan Boswell

Clan Boswell Team
Team Leader TBA
Team Members J Salsbery, Alan Boswell
Clan Chief:
Crest: A falcon Proper, hooded Gules, jessed and belled
Motto: Vraye foi (True faith)
Slogan/War Cry: Vraye foi (True faith)
Region: mostly in Fife and Ayr
Historic Seat:
Plant badge:
Pipe music:
Gaelic name:

Clan Team

Team Goals

The focus of this team's work is to identify, improve and maintain profiles associated with the Lairds and Chiefs of Clan Boswell together with members bearing the name Boswell, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan Boswell.

Team To Do List

This list will be developed by the Team. If you are working on a specific task, please list it here:

  • promoting the entries of those bearing the name Boswell on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan Boswell.


Clan History

Clan Boswell is a Lowland Scottish clan and is recognized as such by the Lord Lyon King of Arms. However the clan does not currently have a chief and is therefore considered an Armigerous clan.

The chiefs of the Clan Boswell are universally accepted to have been of Norman or French origin. The historian, Black, gives two variations of the name, from either a vill or manor near Yvetot in Normandy or from Beuzevill near Bolbec. The Lord de Bosville is said to have been one of the Norman commanders in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings. Robert de Boseuille witnessed several charters in the reign of William the Lion and is believed to have been among the knights who accompanied David I of Scotland back to Scotland after he had stayed at the English court.

During the Wars of Scottish Independence chief Walter de Bosville was taken prisoner by the English at the Battle of Dunbar (1296). In the same year William de Bosville rendered homage to England. His son was Richard de Bosville and received lands near Ardrossan from Robert the Bruce.

During the Anglo-Scottish Wars of the 16th century chief Sir Alexander Boswell of Balmuto was killed at the Battle of Flodden in 1513.

Many Boswells fell fighting for the royalist cause at the Battle of Worcester during the civil war in 165, while others were officers in the Parliamentary army, such as Godfrey Boswell of Gunthwaite and Wroxall (1596-1658) who was JP and Member of the Long Parliament for Warwick, and Colonel of a regiment of Foot in the Parliamentary Army, his son William, and son-in-law Geo James Sedascue of Bohemia.

Alexander Boswell (judge), the 8th Laird of Auchinleck, was elevated to the Bench in 1756 and assumed the title ‘Lord Auchinleck’. His son, James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck, was the famous biographer of Dr Samuel Johnson. Sir Alexander Boswell, 1st Baronet, 10th Laird of Auchinleck, the biographer’s son, was created a baronet in 1821. Another distinguished Boswell was Robert Boswell, Writer to the Signet, who held the post of Interim Lord Lyon, King of Arms, from 1795 to 1796.

Clan Branches

Other Names Associated with the Clan

Variants, Boswell, Bosswald, Bosswall.

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