Rawlins [Rawlin, Rawline, Rawling] are derivatives of Raoulin (Rawle)[Fr. for Ralph]. According to Black1, this was a noted surname within Dumfries-shire, Scotland throughout the 16th century. David Rawlynge held a "botha seu opella" in Dumfries, 1588 (Retours, Dumfries, 367). Marcus Raulling in Glencapill, 1630, Catherine Railing in Dumfries, 1642, and Thomas Rawling of Dumfries, 1696, are in the same record (Dumfries).
Rawlins is the surname most recently recognized as a family allied with the Maxwells.
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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