Brydon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Brydon family

The surname Brydon was 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.

Early History of the Brydon family

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Brydon 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. Brydon has been spelled Bryden, Briden, Brydin, Bridyne, Brydyne, Brydon, Bridane, Brydone and many more.

Early Notables of the Brydon family (pre 1700)

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Australia Brydon migration to Australia +

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

Brydon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Elspeth Brydon, (Kerr), (b. 1813), aged 38, Scottish laundress who was convicted in Jedburgh, Scotland for 7 years for theft, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 22nd April 1851, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [1]

New Zealand Brydon 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:

Brydon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Brydon, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • Johanna Brydon, aged 22, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Ellen Brydon, aged 4, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Mr. Adam Brydon, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Nourmahal" arriving in Dunedin, Otaga, South Island, New Zealand on 5th May 1858 [2]
  • Miss Jane Brydon, Scottish settler travelling from Leith aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January 1858 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Brydon (post 1700) +

  • John McKean Brydon (1840-1901), Scottish architect
  • Ian Forrester Brydon (1927-1973), Scottish professional footballer who played from 1947 to 1957
  • William Brydon CB (1811-1873), English assistant surgeon in the British East India Company Army, descended from a Scotch border family, one member of which had distinguished himself as provost of Dumfries during a siege of that town, while another, who farmed his own land, had horsed a troop of cavalry for the Pretender [4]
  • Sir Donald Hood Brydon C.B.E. (b. 1945), British Chairman of the London Stock Exchange Group and the Sage Group, previously the Medical Research Council, was appointed Knights Bachelor on 29th December 2018 for services to Business and charity by her Majesty The Queen [5]
  • W.B. Brydon (b. 1933), English actor, known for his roles in The Age of Innocence (1993), Trading Places (1983) and The Adams Chronicles (1976)
  • Donald Brydon CBE, British businessman and Chairman of the Royal Mail, Sage Group and the Medical Research Council
  • Paul Richard Brydon, New Zealand former association football player, member of the 1986 New Zealand National Team
  • Emily Brydon (b. 1980), Canadian alpine skier at the 2006 Winter Olympics, World Cup winner in February 2008
  • Paul Brydon (b. 1951), New Zealand bronze medalist road and track cyclist at the 1974 Commonwealth Games
  • Mark Errington Brydon (b. 1960), English musician, best known as a member of the group Moloko
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
  5. ^ "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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