a surname derived from the county of that name in England, the first
in Scotland of this surname having come from that district. Among
those who were slain with King James IV. at Flodden was John Cornwall
of Bonhard. His son Peter, then a minor, was infeft in these lands, in
obedience to a brief directed from the chancery, mentioning that his
father was killed in that disastrous battle.
April, 1601, a town-officer of Edinburgh, named Archibald Cornwall,
was hanged in that city, for no other offence than having, at the sale
of some sequestrated goods at the cross, driven a nail into the gibbet
standing close by, intending to suspend on it a portrait of the king
of a board that was among them, for the purpose of its being better
seen, but was dissuaded from doing so by those present. In the same
reign one Robert Cornwall was minister of Linlithgow, and in 1610 he
was a member of the General Assembly which was held at Glasgow on the
8th of June of that year.