William Boyd ( - 1772):
William Boyd was a Presbyterian minister in Macosquin, County Londonderry. He was one of the leaders in the Bann Valley exodus. When in 1718 over 200 men of Aghadowey and Macosquin districts petitioned the king to be allowed to found a colony in America, those who emigrated settled at Nutfield, which they renamed Londonderry, in New Hampshire. They founded the linen industry in the land of their adoption. William Boyd returned to Ireland to minister in County Donegal, where he died.