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"BOSTON. The Bostons of Gattonside are an old Border family, and their name appears in record as Boustoune and Bowstone. There is a town named Boston in Lincolnshire, but the Scottish name may be of local origin. Bernard Boustoun was one of the witnesses to a charter by Andrew, abbot of Melrose, 1540 (RRM., ra, p. 225). Robert Boustoun, tailor in Edinburgh, 1603 (Laing, 1459), Janet Bowstoune in Pittincreiffe, parish of Couper, 1619 (St. Andrews), John Bowstoune in Mekill Covan, 1628 (Campsie), and Helen Boustoun in Smailholme 1634, (Lauder). Adam Bowstoune heir of Adam Bowstoune in Mauchlin, 1636 (Retours, Ayr, 789), Thomas Bowstoun, portioner of Caltounside (Gattonside), 1662 (RRM., n, p. 29), and Robert Bowstone was examined for the Test in 1685 (RPC., 3. ser. xi, p. 434). Twelve of the name are recorded in the Edinburgh Marriage Register spelled Bowstein, Boustein, Bowstine. Boustain 1649, Boustoune 1652, Bowstain 1650, Bowsting 1643 "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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Some Famous People with the surname of Boston

Wikipedia Thomas Boston (March 17, 1676 - May 20, 1732), was a Scottish church leader.
Wikipedia Rachel Elizabeth Boston (born May 9, 1982) is an American actress.
Wikipedia Ralph Harold Boston (born May 9 1939 in Laurel, Mississippi) is an American athlete.
Wikipedia Lucy Maria Boston (1892-1990) was a British author noted for her longevity; she did not have her first book published until she was over 60.
Wikipedia William John "Billy" Boston MBE is a former Wales and Great Britain rugby league player.
Wikipedia Sir Henry Josiah Lightfoot Boston (1898 ? 1969) was a Sierra Leonean diplomat and politician.
Wikipedia Daryl Lamont Boston (born January 4, 1963, in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder.
Wikipedia This is a list of people who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with the city of Boston, Massachusetts and its surrounding metropolitan statistical area.
Wikipedia Byron Boston is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 1995 NFL season.
Wikipedia Robert Boston (born December 7, 1962 in Altoona, Pennsylvania) has been Assistant Director of Communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Assistant Editor of Church & State magazine since 1987.
Wikipedia Gretha Boston (born April 18, 1959, Crossett, Arkansas) is an American actress.
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Wikipedia Absalom Boston (1785-1855) was a U.