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"THOMSON, 'son of THOM,' q.v. A fairly numerous surname in Scotland. John Thomson, a man of low birth, but approved valour, was leader of the men of Carrick in Edward Brace's war in Ireland in 1318 (Hades, n, p. 102, 206). Adam Thomson appears as lord of Kylnekylle, Ayrshire, c. 1370-80 (Laing, 64). Johannes films Thome was elected bailie of Aberdeen in 1398 (CRA., p. 374), and John Tomson witnessed a grant in Ayr in 1401 (Friars Ayr, p. 37). Donald Thomson was one of an inquest to determine the rights of pasturage which the Temple lands had over the adjoining town and territory of Letter in 1461 (Strathendrick, p. 222). John Thomsniiii was juror on an inquest at Dunipace in 1426 (Cambus., 87), Duncan Thomsone of Auchinhampteris witnessed a bond of manrent in 1491 (SCM., iv, p. 189), Cuthbert Thomsoun witnessed a notarial instrument of 1517 (Soltre, p. 89), James Tomsone was tenant of the bishop of Glasgow in 1511 (Rental), and Peter Thomsone was Ilay Herald in 1561 (ER., xix, p. 150). "The most conspicuous family of the name were the Thomsons who possessed Duddingston, near Edinburgh, for five generations till sold by Sir Patrick about 1668; his father had been created a baronet in 1638" (Stodart, n, p. 140). Many individuals of this name in Perthshire and Argyllshire are really Mactavishes. The surname in these districts is an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Thdmats, 'son of Thomas,' or of Mac Thdmaldh, 'son of Tommie.' The name is usually spelled MaKcome (3 syllables) in the early records, and was formerly common in Upper Deeside. Alexander Thomeson appears in Strathdee in 1527 (Grant, m, p. 70). John Dow Thomasson in Perthshire fined for resetting Ckn Gregor, 1613 (RFC., xrv, p. 632). Tamson 1654, Thomeson 1504, Thomesoune 1477, Thompesoune 1665, Thomsoune 1535, Tomsoun 1567. In some instances it is also an Englishing of MACCUMIE, q.v. See also THOMASON. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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