Brownlee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

In ancient Scotland, Brownlee was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in either of two settlements called Brownlee in the counties of Ayrshire and Lanarkshire.

Early Origins of the Brownlee family

The surname Brownlee 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.

Important Dates for the Brownlee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brownlee research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1567, and 1886 are included under the topic Early Brownlee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brownlee 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. Brownlee has been spelled Brownlee, Brownlea, Brownlie, Brownlees, Brownley, Brownlow, Brownless, Brownlee, Brunlee, Brunlees, Brownleis, Brounley and many more.

Early Notables of the Brownlee family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Brownlee family to Ireland

Some of the Brownlee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brownlee migration to the United States

Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:

Brownlee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alice, Ann, George, James, Jane, John Brownlee, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1770
Brownlee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Craig Brownlee, who arrived in America in 1808 [1]
  • John Brownlee, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820 [1]
  • James Brownlee, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [1]
  • Robert, Thomas and William Brownlee, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1813 and 1866
  • Robert Brownlee, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brownlee migration to Australia

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

Brownlee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Alice Brownlee, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Mary Ann Brownlee, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Mary Brownlee, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

Brownlee 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:

Brownlee Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Brownlee, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Bruce" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 12th September 1860 [2]
  • Mr. Gavin Brownlee, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Bruce" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 12th September 1860 [2]
  • J. Brownlee, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864

Contemporary Notables of the name Brownlee (post 1700)

  • Robert Gregg Brownlee (1942-1991), American chemist from South Dakota, founder of Brownlee Labs in the 1970s
  • Romer Leslie "Les" Brownlee, American Army officer and politician, Acting United States Secretary of the Army (2003-2004), United States Under Secretary of the Army (2001-2004)
  • William Craig Brownlee (1784-1860), Scottish-born, American clergyman
  • Edward Malcolm Brownlee, American sculptor
  • Donald E. Brownlee, American astronomer
  • Frank Brownlee (1874-1948), American film actor
  • Derek Brownlee (b. 1974), Scottish politician
  • Mrs. Sarah Roberta Brownlee M.B.E.,, Irish Chair for Southern Health and Social Care Trust Northern Ireland, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Health and Social Care and charitable Fundraising [3]
  • John Edward Brownlee (1884-1961), Canadian politician, 5th Premier of Alberta (1925 to 1934)
  • John Brownlee (1868-1927), British statistician, first director of the Statistics Department of the UK's Medical Research Committee
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
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