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Clan Pennycook

Variants, Pennycook, Pennycuik, Pennycuick .A name of territorial origin, from the barony of Penicuik, in Midlothian, meaning, 'of Penicuik.'This name is of Scottish descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a David de Pennicuik, who witnessed a charter of the lands of Innuerpefir in 1250 and Alexander de Penycuyck, was master of arts and perpetual curate of the church of Kilconquhar in Fife, recorded in 1463. Names were recorded in these ancient manuscripts to make it easier for the overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time.When the overlords acquired lands by either force or as 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 George de Pennicuik, who appears in record as bailie and burgess of Edinburgh, between the years 1467 and 1473.



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