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CORNWALL, 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.

      On 27th 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.

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