by David McCowan (McQuown)
(Lexington, KY USA)
Us McCowans used to spell our name McQuown. However, we pronounced McQuown as Mc-Cow-an.
My earliest ancestor is a Laurence McQuown (b. abt. 1770 and d. 1826) and was my GGGG Grandfather. He came to Nicholas County Kentucky sometime around 1820 from Pennsylvania.
I'm assuming McQuown is an anglicized form of McEwen.
Visited Scotland just last week and drove to Otter Ferry and Kilfinan. Was warmly received at the Kilinan Hotel by a very nice lady name Madeline. She gave us directions to the Castle, but warned us that the weeds were high and that we probably needed better clothes. Sure enough, she was right and we had to turn around. Next time we visit the area, we'll come prepared.
BTW - Watch out for the stinging nettle plant. Ouch!
Lexington, Kentucky USA
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