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The Boyds of Kilmarnock

Origins and Journey to Prominence

Origins and Journey to Prominence

During the Medieval period, the Boyd family rose from humble beginnings shrouded in mystery to become one of the most prominent and politically active families in Scotland. The origins of the Boyds are not fully understood. One origin story connects them to the Stewarts, with Walter and Simon, sons of Alan the Hereditary Stewart of Dol (in Brittany) travelling to Scotland to seek their fortunes. There, Simon's son Robert became known as 'Buidhe' (Gaelic for yellow) due to his blonde hair. However, the Boyds are first mentioned in documented history in 1205, where Robert de Boyd is noted as a witness to an agreement between 'the village of Irvine and Ralph of Eglintoun'.

 

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