The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland
were the first to use the name Brownly. The Brownly family lived in either of two settlements called Brownlee in the counties of Ayrshire
Early Origins of the Brownly family
The surname Brownly was first found in Belton, in Lincolnshire
, where conjecturally they were descended from Gautier d'Aincourt, who was of Royal blood, related to King William's younger brother, a Norman Baron
who was granted those lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Brownly family
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Brownly Spelling Variations
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Brownly has been spelled Brownlee, Brownlea, Brownlie, Brownlees, Brownley, Brownlow, Brownless, Brownlee, Brunlee, Brunlees, Brownleis, Brounley and many more.
Early Notables of the Brownly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brownly family to Ireland
Some of the Brownly family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 108 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brownly family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them: Rich Brownley who settled in Barbados in 1635; Luke Brownlie settled in Virginia in 1639; Alice, Ann, George, James, Jane, John Brownlee settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1770.