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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
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.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brownlee research. Another 367 words (26 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
More information is included under the topic Early Brownlee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Brownlee 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
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 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
- John Brownlee, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820
- James Brownlee, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
- Robert, Thomas and William Brownlee landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1813 and 1866
- Robert Brownlee, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
Brownlee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Alice Brownlee, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
- Mary Ann Brownlee, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
- Mary Brownlee, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
Brownlee Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- J. Brownlee arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
- Les Brownlee, American Army officer and politician
- William Craig Brownlee (1784-1860), Scottish-born, American clergyman
- Robert Gregg Brownlee (1942-1991), American chemist
- Edward Malcolm Brownlee, American sculptor
- Donald E. Brownlee, American astronomer
- Frank Brownlee (1874-1948), American film actor
- Derek Brownlee (b. 1974), Scottish politician
- Alastair "Ali" Brownlee (1959-2016), British radio broadcaster, best known for his coverage of Middlesbrough Football Club
- Jonathan Brownlee (b. 1990), professional British triathlete
- Alistair edward Brownlee (b. 1988), British athlete, current ITU Triathlon World Champion
- Genealogical record of the McDonalds, Logans, Dicksons, Brownlees by Daniel McDonald.
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- Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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- Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
- Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
- Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
The Brownlee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brownlee Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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