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Historical References

"COLVILLE. Although there are more than one place named Colleville (= Col's vill or farm) in Normandy the surname is probably from Coleville, a town between Caen and Bayeux in Normandy. The first of the name recorded in Scotland is Philip de Coleuille who witnessed a general confirmation by Malcolm TV of all the donations by his predecessors to the monastery of Dunfermline in or before 1159 (RD., 35), and other charters by Malcolm and William the Lion (APS., i, p. 364; REG., 15), etc. He possessed the baronies of Oxnam and Heiton in Roxburghshire (OPS., i, p. 389), and was a hostage for William the Lion under the treaty of Falaise in 1174 (Bain, i, 139). Thomas de Colevill appears in a perambulation of the marches of Elstaneshalche, 1181 (Melros, p. Ill), and is a witness in a number of documents in the last decade of the twelfth century. In a charter of c. 1200 where he styles himself "Thomas de Colevilla cognomento Scot" he grants the land of Kerseban on the Doon to the Abbey of Vaudey in Lincolnshire (Melros, p. 172-173). The seal appended to the charter of Kerseban to the Abbey of Melrose, c. 1223, contains a classic head and the inscription Thome de Cottevilla Scotti (Seals, 190). Thomas de Colouilla was charged with treason in 1211 (Chron. Mail., s.a.). Ada de Coleuyll gave the lands of Kynnard in Fife to the Abbey and monks of Neubotle in 1241 (Neubotle, p. 169). Thomas de Coleville of Dumfriesshire rendered homage, 1296 (Bain, n, 810). Robert de Collevyll was lord of Oxenham c. 1330 (Kelso, p. 369-370), and Robert de Colvylle of Scotland for his courage and steady obedience to England was granted an annuity of 20 marks from the customs of Kingston on Hulle, 1358 (Bain, rv, 24). Mr. William Colveil, brother to the laird of Cleish, was admitted burgess of Glasgow, 1630 (Burgesses). Coilwill 16c., CoUuyne 1503, Collwell 1541, Coluil 1655, Coluile 1503, Coluill 1512, Colvele 1484, Colvyle 1388, Colvyll 1432, Colweill and Colwell 1542, Colwill 1583, Colwyng 1546 "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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