Brokenshire History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Brokenshire family

The surname Brokenshire was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Brokenshire family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brokenshire research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the year 1529 is included under the topic Early Brokenshire History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brokenshire Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Brokenshire has been spelled Birkenshaw, Birkinshaw, Birkshaw, Burdenshaw and others.

Early Notables of the Brokenshire family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Brokenshire family to Ireland

Some of the Brokenshire family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Brokenshire migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brokenshire Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Nicholas Brokenshire, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [1]
  • Benjamin Brokenshire, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849 [2]
  • John Brokenshire, aged 23, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Thetis" [3]
  • John Brokenshire, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
  • Joseph Brokenshire, aged 39, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Brokenshire migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brokenshire Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth A. Brokenshire, (b. 1876), aged 2, Cornish settler departing on 18th November 1878 aboard the ship "Boyne" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 26th February 1879 [4]
  • Miss Jane Brokenshire, (b. 1853), aged 25, Cornish settler departing on 18th November 1878 aboard the ship "Boyne" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 26th February 1879 [4]
  • Mr. Samuel Brokenshire, (b. 1850), aged 28, Cornish farm labourer departing on 18th November 1878 aboard the ship "Boyne" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 26th February 1879 [4]
  • Mr. Michael Brokenshire, (b. 1856), aged 22, Cornish farm labourer departing on 29th August 1878 aboard the ship "Waitara" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 3rd December 1878 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brokenshire (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Brokenshire, American politician, Burgess of Plymouth, Pennsylvania, 1937, 1955-56 [6]
  • Commodore Laurence Phillip Brokenshire CBE RN (1952-2017), known as Laurie Brokenshire, British Royal Naval officer, puzzle solver and magician

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Arthur Brokenshire, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [7]


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849DavidMalcolm.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THETIS 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Thetis.htm
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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