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Variants Glenn. A surname of local or territorial origin from the lands of Glen in the parish of Traquair, Peeblesshire, meaning ' of Glen.'  This name is of Scottish descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a Colban del Glen who received a legacy left to him by the Queen in the year 1328. In  1328 King Robert 1. confirmed to the same Colban del Glen and Anabile his spouse the land of Quilte in the sheriffdom of Peebles. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. Other examples of this name were found in the person of Duncan de Glen who appears in record as a witness in 1368 and John de Glen witnesses a charter of Longneuton in the year 1377.