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Main name variants:


Rolston, Rolstone


Location: [red star on the map]


East side of Paisley, 10 miles west of Glasgow.


Early family history


It is generally believed the family takes its name from the ancient feudal estates of Ralphistoun [Ralph’s Town], named after the younger son of the Earl of Fife, dating to the early 12th century.


In 1704, a large part of the Ralston lands were sold. Nearly a century earlier some clan members went to Ireland, where they were free to practice their Presbyterian faith. From Ireland and Scotland many eventually made their way to America.


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