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Where did the Scottish Brownrigg family come from? What is the Scottish Brownrigg family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brownrigg family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brownrigg family history?

The Boernician-Scottish Brownrigg family lived in or near one of the towns called Brownrigg, or Brownridge, in England. This surname comes from the Old English words brn and hrycg, which mean brown and ridge, respectively. This surname was most commonly found in Yorkshire, however, the places called Brownrigg were found in Cumberland. This indicates that the bearer's of the surname Brownrigg possibly moved from Cumberland to Yorkshire at some point.

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Spelling rules had not yet evolved in medieval Scotland, some names dating from that era often appear many different ways. Some spelling variations of Brownrigg include Brownrigg, Brownridge, Burnrig, Brownrig and others.

First found in East Lothian, where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brownrigg research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1089, 1592, 1659, 1642 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Brownrigg History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 89 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brownrigg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Brownrigg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The Boernician-Scottish people who came to North America were often nearly penniless when they arrived, and brought very few personal effects with them. Much Scottish heritage was lost in the process, and it is only this century that highland games, Clan societies, and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Scots to rediscover their national legacy. Brownriggs were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Brownrigg Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Christopher Brownrigg, who arrived in Maryland in 1651

Brownrigg Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Brownrigg, who landed in Jamaica in 1792

Brownrigg Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Algert J Brownrigg, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1889
  • James Brownrigg, aged 10, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • John Brownrigg, aged 32, who landed in America from Cumberland, in 1893
  • John W. Brownrigg, aged 1, who settled in America from Cumberland, in 1893
  • Henry W. Brownrigg, aged 4, who emigrated to America from Cumberland, in 1893


Brownrigg Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • I.H. Brownrigg, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Rhoda Brownrigg, aged 25, who landed in America from Egremont, England, in 1911
  • Alfred E. B. Brownrigg, aged 3, who settled in America, in 1916
  • Walter Brownrigg, aged 44, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1918
  • Walter Brownrigg, aged 44, who settled in America, in 1919


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  • Sherrald "S. F." Brownrigg (1937-1996), American film director and producer
  • Sir Robert Bart Brownrigg GCB (1758-1833), 1st Baronet, British statesman and soldier
  • Captain Thomas Marcus Brownrigg (1902-1967), British Royal Navy officer
  • Philip Brownrigg, Director of Copper Consortium
  • Sir Robert William Colebrooke Brownrigg (1817-1882), 2nd Baronet
  • Sir Henry Moore Brownrigg (1819-1900), 3rd Baronet
  • Sir Douglas Egremont Robert Brownrigg (1867-1939), 4th Baronet, Rear-Admiral in the Royal Navy
  • Sir Nicholas Gawen Brownrigg (b. 1932), 5th Baronet
  • Admiral Sir Henry John Studholme Brownrigg KBE CB DSO (1882-1943), British Royal Navy officer, Commander-in- chief, The Nore
  • George Neville Brownrigg (1896-1981), Irish born English cricketer

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtute et sapientia
Motto Translation: By virtue and wisdom.

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  2. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
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The Brownrigg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brownrigg Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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