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Cowan is a common Scotch surname in Ayrshire, Dumfriesshire, and other Lowland areas. Some have declared that the surname derives from the Scoth cowan, a dry-stone-diker. Others believe it may be a corruption of Colquhoun, the common pronunciation of which is Cohoon. The name is not in records before the middle of the Sixteenth Century.(Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames, (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1988), op cit., 28, George F. Black, The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning, and History, (New York: The New York Public Library, 1946), 648.)



Maurice COWAN married ??, children:

  1. George Cowan (b 1877 Madras)

Next Generation

George COWAN (b 1877 Madras) at 26yrs on 30 Dec 1903 in Bangalore married 17yr  Winifred SOUTHWELL (b 1886, daughter of Joseph Southwell). Children:

  1. Mary Enid Ivy Cowan (b 28 Sep 1904 Bangalore)

  2. Katherine Gladys Cowan (b 16 Oct 1905 Madras)

  3. Mary Iris Dorothy Cowan (b 21 Aug 1907 Bangalore)

  4. Mary Myrtle Cowan (b 22 Oct 1910 Madras)

  5. Anthony George Dunstan Cowan (b 13 Feb 1909 Bangalore)

  6. Mary Doris Cowan (b 1 Jul 1912 Bangalore)

  7. Angelina Cynthia Winifred Cowan (b 3 Jul 1916 Bangalore),

  8. Irene Anne Cowan (b 12 Nov 1918 Bangalore)

  9. Teresa Beryl Cowan (b 30 Nov 1920 Perambur)

  10. Antony Patrick Cowan (b 6 Mar 1922 Madras)

  11. Anthony Southwell Cowan (b 11 Sep 1923, c 1 Oct 1923 Perambur)

  12. Renee Cowan.

Next Generation

Mary Enid Ivy Cowan (b 28 Sep 1904) at 17yrs on 19 Jul 1922 in Perambur married 22yr Albert Vivian Joseph PETERSEN (b 1900 son of Leeth & Dora Petersen), children:

  1. Beryl Hazel Petersen (b 29 sep 1924 Villupuram)

  2. Joseph Warren Vivian Petersen (b 17 Nov 1925 Villupuram) at 21yrs on 26 Dec 1946 in Madras married 18yr Maisy Carmel Murrian (b 1928 daughter of Joseph E Murrian)

Katherine Gladys Cowan (b 16 Oct 1905 Madras) at 17yrs on 28 Jan 1925 in Perambur married 27yr Egbert Alexander COLLINS (b 1898 son of James A Collins)


Mary Myrtle Cowan (b 22 Oct 1910 Madras) in Perambur on 30 Sep 1926 married Henry Paul COLACO (son of D R Colaco)


Mary Doris Cowan (b 1 Jul 1912 Bangalore) at 16yrs on 9 Jan 1929 in Perambur married 24yr Andrew MOSES (b 1905 son of George Moses)




Angelina Cynthia Winifred COWAN (b 1917) married Joseph ROCHA (Madras) Children:

  1. Maurice Rocha

  2. Maybelle Rocha ,

  3. Arthur Rocha,

  4. Valerie Rocha,

  5. Gwendoline Rocha

  6. Maxwell Rocha.

Next Generation



Info from Lynston Cowan  ph 00233503167522

?? COWAN married ??, children:

  1. Bartholomew Cowan

Next Generation

Bartholomew COWAN married ??, children:

  1. Joseph Cowan

  2. Herbert Cowan (worked with the east India co for the railways)

  3. Morris Cowan

Next Generation

Joseph COWAN married ??, children

  1. John Alfred Cowan

  2. Bernadette Teresa Honourine Cowan

  3. Patsy or Betsy

  4. ?

Herbert COWAN (worked with the east India co for the railways) married Katherine HUDSON, Children:

  1. Leslie Harold Cowan (b1946, Parel, Bombay)

  2. Herbert John Cowan

  3. Violet Cowan

  4. Richard Cowan

Next Generation

Bernadette Teresa Honourinie COWAN married Peter Russell BIRD, children:


Leslie Harold COWAN (b1946, Parel, Bombay) married Lydia Luia Louisa de Rosario (b1948, Bombay) on 09/02/1975 at Victoria church, Mahim, Bombay. Children:

  1. Tania Thelma Cowan (b1975,Mahim, Bombay, India),

  2. Delilah Treasure Cowan (b1978, Mahim, Bombay, India),

  3. Lynston Savio Cowan (b1979, Borivli, Bombay, India)

Richard COWAN married Aloma MENEZES their children are:

  1. Buellah Cowan

  2. Arden Cowan

  3. Clive Cowan

Next Generation
Buellah COWAN married Frazier FERNANDES, children:

  1. Zeanne Fernandes

  2. Arden Fernandes

Clive COWAN married Fanny FERNANDES, children:

  1. Candice Cowan

Lynston Savio COWAN (b1979, Borivli, Bombay, India) married Serena MIRANDA (b1983, Santacruz, Bombay, India) on 28th Nov'2010 at St. Anthony Church, Vakola, Santacruz, Bombay. Children:

  1. Shinead Lysanne Cowan

  2. Caoilyn Heather Cowan



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