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The ancestors of the Burns family lived among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Burns is a name for someone who lived in the county of Cumberland. On the onset, it is best first to establish that the family name Burns is in fact a Clan rather than a Sept of the Campbell Clan. A Roll of the Clans and Chiefs in 1597 shows the Burns Clan as having territories in the eastern Border marches of Scotland in East Teviotdale. They were described as an unruly Clan. However, to relate the origins of this great Clan, we must go back to the year 1329, when their territories were located in the parish of Glenbervie. They had moved into these lands during the reign of King Edward I of England, from Burneshead, Cumberland, sometime around 1296. Little is known about their previous history, but it is thought that they derived from a race called the Boernicians, a race of early Scots that ruled the north East coast of England as far north as Edinburgh. By 1375, the Clan had extended its territories to include Burnhouse of Kair, Burnside of Monboddo, Bralinmuir and Bon Jordan in Inchbreck, and Bernys in the barony of Renfrew.
The surname Burns was first found in Cumberland, where the original name was Burness. Even Robert Burns and his brother both agreed to shorten their name to Burns due to the difficulty in pronunciation by the Gaelic tongue. Later, the name was also spelled Bourne, Burn and even Bernes.
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. Burns has been spelled Burns, Burnes, Burness and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burns research. Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1603, 1851, 1877, 1759, 1796, 1741 and are included under the topic Early Burns History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burns Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Burns family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:
Burns Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Eleanor Burns, who arrived in America in 1796
Burns Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mick Burns, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1803
- Agnes Burns, who arrived in America in 1805
- Catherine Burns, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
- Elizabeth Burns, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
- Darby Burns, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
Burns Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. George Burns U.E who settled in Sissiboo [Weymouth], Nova Scotia c. 1783 he served in the Kings American Regiment as well as Kings Orange Rangers
- Mr. James Burns U.E who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783
- Mr. Philip Burns U.E who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
- Mr. Samuel Burns U.E who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1783
- Mr. William Burns U.E who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1783
Burns Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Milton C Burns, who landed in Canada in 1830
- Mary Burns, aged 36, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "William" from Kinsale
- Ann Burns, aged 10, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "William" from Kinsale
- Thomas Burns, aged 7, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "William" from Kinsale
- Bridget Burns, aged 29, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast
Burns Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Mrs. A M Burns, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
- Alice M E Burns, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
Burns Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Burns, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- John Burns, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- Richard Burns, a weaver, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- R.H. Burns, a tin-plate-worker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- John Burns, a tailor, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
Burns Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- David Burns landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- John Burns landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Mrs Burns landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lord Auckland
- Thomas Burns, aged 51, a minister, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
- Clementina Burns, aged 43, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
- Conrad Ray Burns (1935-2016), American politician, United States Senator from Montana (1989-2007)
- Mrs. Zelpha Burns, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1960
- Willis B. Burns, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 2nd District, 1890
- William T. Burns, American Democrat politician, Member of Alaska territorial House of Representatives 4th District, 1913-18
- William R. Burns Jr., American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Salem, Massachusetts, 1999
- William R. Burns (b. 1872), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Schoolcraft District, 1909-10, 1913-14
- William R. Burns, American politician, Mayor of Woodstock, Illinois, 1935-38
- Mrs. William M. Burns, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1944
- William Louden Burns (1913-2005), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1966-77
- William L. Burns, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1956, 1964; Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1959
- The Burns Family and Allied Lines of North Carolina, Alabama, and Texas by Estella Mae Burns Stewart.
|Burns Clan Badge|
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system... More
Septs of the Distinguished Name Burns
Bearns, Berns, Burn, Burns and more.
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The Burns Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burns 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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