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"BOWER. (1) From the old manor of Bower in the parish of Dmmmelzier, Peeblesshire. Lorence atte Bure of the county of Peebles, and William Oftherebure of the county of Roxburgh rendered homage, 1296. The seal of the latter reads, S' WUT d' Lebvre (Bain, n, p. 200, 207, 533). Adam de Bwr, bailie of Ayr in 1401 (Friars Ayr, p. 37) appears in 1415 as Adam de Bowr or de Bowre, burgess of Are (Ayr, p. 9, 11), and as Adam of Boure burgess of Are, gave an annual rent of 4s. to the Friars Preachers (Friars Ayr, p. 47). (2) A shortening of BOWMAKEH, q.v. Before the invention of gunpowder a bowmaker was an honorable and lucrative profession. In Edinburgh the bowmakers in the seventeenth century were known as 'Bowers.' Walter Bower or Bowmaker, abbot of Inchcolme, was continuator of John of Fordun's Scottish Chronicle. The surname is found in Aberdeenshire and in Angus at an early date, and a family of the name were burgesses of Dundee in the seventeenth century (Wedd.). Roger Bower held land at the Cuykstoll, Aberdeen, in 1317 (SCM., v, p. 7), John Bower was a monk of Arbroath in 1387 and Robert Bowar the same in 1425 (RAA., n, 39, 59). John Bouer, procurator in Brechin, 1435, may be John de Bouere de Frertoun, armiger, 1450 (REB., I, 78, 143). Patrick Bowre had a remission for his share in burning the town of Dunbretane in 1489 (APS., xn, p. 34; Lennox, n, p. 132), and Thomas Bower was forfeited for holding Dunbar Castle against the king, 1479 ( (Stodart, n, p. 415). John Bowyr was tenant in Stobo, 1528 (Rental). Roger Ascham in his Toxophilus (1545, ed. Arber, p. 83, 84), commenting on Textor's praise of excellence of the Scottish archers, says: "The Scottes surely be good men of warre in theyr own feate as can be: but as for shotinge, they neyther can vse it for any profyte, nor yet wil chalenge it for any prayse ... James Stewart fyrst kyng of that name, at the Parliament holden at Saynt Johnnes towne or Perthie, commaunded vnder payne of a greate forfyte, that euerye Scotte shoulde leame to shote: yet neyther the loue of theyr countrie, the feare of their enemies, the auoydyng of punishment, nor the receyuinge of anye profyte that myght come by it, could make them to be good Archers... Therefore the Scottes them selues proue Textor a Iyer, both with authorise and also daily experience, and by a certaine Prouerbe that they haue amonges them in theyr communication, wherby they gyue the whole prayse of shotynge honestlye to Englysshe men, saying thus: that every Englysshe Archer beareth vnder hys gyrdle, Jndiii. Scottes." "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)

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Some Famous People with the surname of Bower

Wikipedia Walter Bower or Bowmaker (1385 ? 24 December 1449), Scottish chronicler, was born about 1385 at Haddington, East Lothian.
Wikipedia John William Bower (born John Kiszkan on November 8, 1924 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan), nicknamed "The China Wall", is a Hockey Hall of Fame goalie.
Wikipedia Archibald Bower (January 17, 1686 ? September 3, 1766) was a Scottish historian.
Wikipedia Scott Bower (born June 27, 1978, Port Angeles, Washington) is an American soccer player, who most recently played for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer.
Wikipedia Jimmy Bower (born September 19, 1968) is an American sludge/heavy metal guitarist and drummer who has played with six bands, most notably Eyehategod, Crowbar, Down, and Superjoint Ritual.
Wikipedia Marvin Bower (born August 1, 1903 in Cincinnati, Ohio ? died January 22, 2003 in Delray Beach, Florida) was the son of the deputy recorder at Cuyahoga County, he grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended public schools there.
Wikipedia Jeff Bower (born May 28, 1953) is an American football coach, most recently at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Wikipedia Mark James Bower (born 23 January 1980) is an English professional footballer who is plays for League Two side Darlington.
Wikipedia Tom Bower is an American actor who has appeared in a wide variety of television and film roles from 1973 to present.
Wikipedia William Henry Bower (born October 17, 1857, Bradford, Yorkshire; died aged 85 January 31, 1943 in Nelson, Lancashire) was a first class cricketer who is a member of that select band who have played for both Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Lancashire County Cricket Club.
Wikipedia John Bower (born 1941) was an American nordic combined skier who competed in the 1960s and later went on to become a coach of the American nordic skiing team for the 1976 and 1980 Winter Olympic team.
Wikipedia Gustavus Miller Bower (December 12, 1790 ? November 17, 1864) was a U.
Wikipedia Major Sir Robert Lister Bower KBE CMG KPM (12 August 1860 ? 13 June 1929) was a British Army, colonial and police officer who served as Chief Constable of the North Riding of Yorkshire Constabulary from 1898 until his death in 1929.
Wikipedia Elizabeth Bower (born 1 August 1976 in Leeds, West Yorkshire), is an English actress, best known for starring in the BBC1 daytime drama "Doctors" for two years until June 2009.
Wikipedia James Campbell Bower (born 22 November 1988) is an English actor who is best known for his role as Anthony Hope in Tim Burton's '.
Wikipedia Thomas Bower (1838?1919) was an English architect based in Nantwich, Cheshire.
Wikipedia Alfred George "Baishe" Bower (10 November 1895 ? 30 June 1970) was an English amateur footballer who played at full back.
Wikipedia Antoinette Bower (born on September 30, 1932) is an English actress who was born in Baden-Baden and is now an American citizen.
Wikipedia Wallace Bower (January 2, 1895 ? February 10, 1971) was an English cricketer.