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The name stems from residence beside a moss (or marsh). Black1 tells us that Gregory de Mos was tenant of the Earl of Douglas of Lourchurde in 1376, among other findings.

Presumably, people living in the Maxwell-dominated area of the Solway Moss used this as their surname. Also, the shorelines of that area’s Solway Firth and River Nith undoubtedly have marshy areas from which people might have taken their name.

 

  1. George Fraser Black was born in Stirling, Scotland, in 1866. He was associate director of the Scottish National Museum of Antiquities in Edinburgh before coming to the United States in 1896. After which he worked diligently for the New York Public Library until his retirement in 1931. Dr Black is remembered as a noted bibliographer, historical scholar, penman and a definitive authority on Scottish surnames and lore.

 

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