Boyd of Wexford & Kilkenny

According to family tradition the Boyds were a junior branch of the Royal family of Stuart of Scotland and got their name from the Gaelic word Buidhe meaning yellow haired, to distinguish their sept.

Lord Kilmarnock, whose son, Sir Thomas Boyd, married the  Lady Mary, a sister of King James III, had two other sons Archibald and Alexander. The Wexford Boyds descended from Alexander through his son John. John’s grandson, was Sir John Boyd 1st Baronet of Danson Hill, Kent. Sir John’s third son, James, was James Boyd the founder of the Wexford/Kilkenny Boyd family.  Thereafter the names James and John appear with astounding regularity in the different generations of the Boyds.

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