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"BOTHWELL. From the lordship of Bothwell in Lanarkshire. The place name is derived from a 'weylT or fishpool in the Clyde, as pointed out by the late Dr. George Neilson (SHR., 0, p. 319). William de Bothvile witnessed the grant by Bernard de Hauden to the House of Soltre, c. 1190-1220 (Soltre, p. 10). The Sigill. Ricardi de BoteviUe is appended to a document relating to fishings on the Tweed, 1250 (Seals Supp., 124). Roger de Bodevill was juror on an inquisition relating to the lands of Hopkelchoc (now Kailzie) in 1259 (Bain, i, 2162; APS., i, p. 98 red). Richard de Botheuile was provost of Aberdeen in 1342 (ER., i, p. 180; REA., i, p. 72), and in 1346 a dispensation was granted to Patrick de Bothewill, clerk of the diocese of Glasgow (Pap. Lett., ra, p. 113). Thomas de Bothwyl had a conveyance of land in the tenement of Denbum in 1347 (Friars, 15), and John de Bothuyle is recorded as a canon of Aberdeen in 1366 (REA., n, p. 58). The name is early found in Orkney, John of Boduel being recorded in a document drawn up at Kirkwall in 1369 (Diplomatarium Norvegicum, i, p. 308), Erasmus Bothwell in Whalsey is mentioned in 1576, also Bodwell, elder and younger in Houssetter, Northmavine, Shetland. Richard Bothwell was abbot of Dunfermline in 1449 (RD., 427) and, John Bodvell was fermorar in Aberdeen in 1697 (ROA., i, p. 246). Boduall 1617, Boithuile 1523, Boituile 1528, Boithwell 1592, Bothuile 1484, Bothvile 1435, BothwiU 1398. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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Some Famous People with the surname of Bothwell

Wikipedia James Hepburn, 1st Duke of Orkney (c.
Wikipedia Patrick Hepburn, 3rd Earl of Bothwell (b.
Wikipedia Patrick Hepburn, 1st Earl of Bothwell (died 18 October 1508) was Lord High Admiral of Scotland.
Wikipedia Adam Hepburn, 2nd Earl of Bothwell (died 9 September 1513) was a Scottish nobleman, who succeeded his father Patrick Hepburn, 1st Earl of Bothwell in 1508.
Wikipedia Dorr Hodgson Bothwell (May 3, 1902 - September 24, 2000) was an American artist, designer, educator, and world-traveller.
Wikipedia Tim Bothwell (born May 6, 1955 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played 502 games in the National Hockey League.
Wikipedia Francis Stewart, Earl Bothwell (b.
Wikipedia Lady Jean Gordon, Countess of Bothwell (1546- 14 May 1629), was a wealthy Scottish noblewoman and the first wife of James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell who became, after his divorce from Lady Jean, the third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots.