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Where did the Scottish Bryden family come from? What is the Scottish Bryden family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bryden family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bryden family history?

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Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Bryden has been spelled Bryden, Briden, Brydin, Bridyne, Brydyne, Brydon, Bridane, Brydone and many more.

First found in Roxburghshire, 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bryden research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1400, 1600, 1527 and 1590 are included under the topic Early Bryden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bryden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Bryden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Bryden who settled in New York City in 1823
  • John Bryden, who landed in New York in 1843
  • James Bryden, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Thomas Beattie Bryden, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1850
  • William Bryden, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1884


Bryden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Robt Bryden, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1783

Bryden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry Bryden, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • William Bryden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
  • Margaret Bryden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
  • Adam Bryden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
  • James Bryden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840


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  • Major-General William Bryden (1880-1972), American President of Secretary of War's Separations Board (1944-1946)
  • Walter Bryden, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Pomfret; Elected 1920
  • Albert J. Bryden, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 20th District, 1958
  • William L Bryden (1880-1972), American Major General, United States Army
  • Bill Bryden (b. 1942), Scottish stage director
  • William Bryden, Sheriff of the Lothians and Borders, Sheriff of the Chancellory in Scotland
  • Dave Bryden (b. 1928), former Australian rules footballer
  • John H Bryden (b. 1943), Canadian politician, journalist
  • Philip Bryden, Canadian lawyer, Dean at University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law
  • Beryl Bryden (b. 1920), English jazz vocalist


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  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
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  5. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  10. 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.
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The Bryden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bryden 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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