Inglis Family Genealogy Forum
My name is Lynda and I am from California, USA.
I wonder if you know anything about the story of a man named Sir Thomas INGLIS who lived and owned baronial estates on the border of England and Scotland. He was annoyed by the raids and border forays of those days, and , to escape them exdchanged his border estates called"Branx-Holm" with Sir William Scott, ancestor of the late Sir Walter Scott. It has been speculated by John P. Hale, author of Trans Allegheny Pioneers that a certain Thomas Inglis of Dublin may have descended from this Sir Thomas INGLIS. Thomas INGLIS or INGLES of Dublin migrated to America as a widower with three sons, William, John and Matthew. He came with a brother John also. He came to Philidelphia in the 1730's and settled in Virginia in early 1740's.
Do you know if the Inlgis name has ever been mistaken or changed to the Ingles spelling in the UK. Surnames sure have under gone some major spelling changes in American history. It sure makes genealogy tough. Can you also tell me how the name is usually pronounced? I understand that the Scottish surname INGLIS means Englishman. Is this your belief also? My ancestor Joshua has been found on records as INGLIS, INGLISH, INGLASH and ENGLISH. I am wondering if the name is or ever was pronounced the way we say "english"? this might explain the changes in spelling in an area where people had migrated from all over the world and may not have the same way of spelling or pronouncing the surnames. Thank you for any help. Lynda