Brywes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the great Scottish surname Brywes actually lie off of the British Isles, as Brywes (or Brus) was a name carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Brywes family originally lived in Normandy. The exact location of the place from which the family name is derived is under dispute, as one may expect of such a prominent name. The traditional interpretation is that the name is derived from the place-name Brix, in La Manche. It is argued, however, that there is no real evidence in support of this, and that the name is actually derived from the place-name Le Brus, in Calvados.

Early Origins of the Brywes family

The surname Brywes was first found in Yorkshire where Robert de Bruis was granted ninety-four manors. His son Robert de Bruys traveled north with Earl David of Huntingdon who later became King of Scotland and was granted large estates in Annandale, Scotland about 1150. Robert de Bruys had two sons: Robert and William. Robert, who became known as Robert the Bruce, would later claim the crown of Scotland and unite Scotland against the English. He defeated the English army soundly in the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. As a result of this battle Scotland gained its independence from England as declared in the Treaty of Northampton (1328).

King Robert the Bruce died the next year at Cardross. Although he had instructed to one of his most trusted followers to bury his heart in the Holy Land, they were stopped in Spain and therefore returned to Scotland. His heart is buried at Melrose in Dunfermeline. The Earls of Elgin are descended from the Bruces of Clackmannan.

Important Dates for the Brywes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brywes research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1318, 1274, 1329, 1548, 1611, 1550, 1625, 1599, 1663, 1629, 1681, 1700, 1679, 1686, 1688, 1669, 1735 and are included under the topic Early Brywes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brywes Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brywiss, Broyse, Bruce, Bruice, Bruise, Brus, Broys, Brywass, Brues, Brywess, Bruwes, Bruys, Bruze, Brwze, Brywes, Bruse, Braose, Bruis, Browse and many more.

Early Notables of the Brywes family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Robert Bruce (1274-1329), King of Scotland. His body is buried in Dunfermline Abbey, while his heart is buried in Melrose Abbey. His embalmed heart was to be taken on crusade by his lieutenant and friend Sir James Douglas to the Holy Land but Douglas only made it as far as Granada, Spain. Other notables include: Edward Bruce, 1st Lord Kinloss PC (1548-1611), a Scottish lawyer and judge; Sir George Bruce of...
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brywes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Brywes family to Ireland

Some of the Brywes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 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 Brywes family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Richard Bruce who landed in Virginia in 1650; Alexander Bruce who landed in Virginia in 1716; James Bruce who landed in South Carolina in 1716; Jane Bruce who arrived in Boston Massachusetts with her two children in 1767.

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