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The age-old Scottish surname Bearne was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people. The Bearne family lived in the county of Cumberland. On the onset, it is best first to establish that the family name Burns is in fact a Clan rather than a Sept of the Campbell Clan. A Roll of the Clans and Chiefs in 1597 shows the Burns Clan as having territories in the eastern Border marches of Scotland in East Teviotdale.

They were described as an unruly Clan. However, to relate the origins of this great Clan, we must go back to the year 1329, when their territories were located in the parish of Glenbervie. They had moved into these lands during the reign of King Edward I of England, from Burneshead, Cumberland, sometime around 1296.

Little is known about their previous history, but it is thought that they derived from a race called the Boernicians, a race of early Scots that ruled the north East coast of England as far north as Edinburgh. By 1375, the Clan had extended its territories to include Burnhouse of Kair, Burnside of Monboddo, Bralinmuir and Bon Jordan in Inchbreck, and Bernys in the barony of Renfrew.

Early Origins of the Bearne family


The surname Bearne was first found in Cumberland, where the original name was Burness. Even Robert Burns and his brother both agreed to shorten their name to Burns due to the difficulty in pronunciation by the Gaelic tongue. Later, the name was also spelled Bourne, Burn and even Bernes.

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Early History of the Bearne family

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Early History of the Bearne family


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Bearne Spelling Variations

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Bearne Spelling Variations


In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Bearne has been spelled Burns, Burnes, Burness and others.

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Early Notables of the Bearne family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Bearne family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bearne family to Ireland

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Migration of the Bearne family to Ireland


Some of the Bearne family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bearne family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Bearne family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bearne Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Bearne, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • Judith Bearne, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland

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