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39From Suffolk to Scotland

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  • Jeff
    Jan 6, 2009
      Further to the disussion as to possible explanations of the origins
      of the English version of the 'Bowes' name in Ireland, I came across
      the case of a gentleman from the County of Suffolk, England, named as
      R.Bogas, a spelling virtally identical with the Old English/Saxon
      name for 'bow' and 'bend', who as part of the 17th Century Ulster
      Plantation was accorded 1000 acres in Cloncarn, County Fermanagh.

      Interesting to note that the family name 'Bogas' still exists in
      Suffolk, which was once part of the Kingdom of the Angles (6th to 9th
      Century) themselves related to the Saxons. Incredible to consider how
      this name somehow survived any modification and did not transform
      into 'Bow', 'Bowe' or 'Bowes'

      The name Bogue/Bogues/ Boyce is associated with County Fermanagh and
      may be partly explained by the example above, supported perhaps by
      the arrival of Scottish 'settlers' some of whom also may have carried
      the Bogue name, after the village in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland.
      Although the name is not at all common amongst Scottish surnames,


      Bowes too is not numerous


      however Scottish 'settlement' during periods of Plantation could be
      another possible source of some non-Gaelic Bowes name into Ireland.

      Of course the Bogue name was also an Anglicised corruption of
      Buadhaigh and some 'Bogues' in Fermanagh may owe their name to that.
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