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The "H" is the important part of this surname. Family lore states that every "H" Tomlinson in Glasgow is part of the family. That being said, it's interesting to note that the "H" begins to disappear before 1800. My line starts when John Thomlinson and Isabella Rennie were married in June of 1845 in the Gorbals section of Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. They moved to Partick, a section of Glasgow, and had 9 children. Their second child, Mary W. (b. 1848) married John Rennie, a naval engineer, in 1867. He and Mary spent many years living in China but decided to have their fifth child, Jane Hamilton Rennie b.1876, in Scotland after young John Thomlinson (fourth child) died of disease at the Kiangnan Arsenal in China. Jane married Frank Edgar Pullen in 1910 at her brother Thomas's house in Esquimalt, Vancouver Island, B.C.. They settled into a life of farming in Whonnock, B.C., where Jane's cousin Robert A. Hamilton lived. They had three children, all of whom stayed in Lower Mainland area of British Columbia.
The remaining Scottish Thomlinsons kept themselves busy with very successful printing and leather goods businesses on the Dumbarton Road in Partick. They produced the famous Thomlinson "T" football which was the dominant make of football in England before the advent of the modern style made of stiched hexagons and pentagons. Members of this family moved to the United States and California.
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