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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
, 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
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Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burns Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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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
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Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlanti c.
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
- Catherine Burns, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1806
- James Burns, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828
- Milton C Burns, who landed in Canada in 1830
- Mary Burns, aged 36, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "William" from Kinsale, Ireland
- Ann Burns, aged 10, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "William" from Kinsale, Ireland
Burns Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Mrs. A M Burns, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
- Alice M E Burns, who arrived in Saint 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
- Mr. Charles Burns, British Assistant Storekeeper from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
- Paula M Burns, American from San Diego, California, USA, aged 32, who worked aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979
- Mr. John† Burns (1847-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Mr. John Reardon Burns (1913-1941), Australian Acting Stoker Petty Officer from Stawell, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
- Mr. Albert S Burns (b. 1913), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
- Mr. Donald Burns, British Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
- Mr. Gerrard Burns, British Leading Steward, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
- Mr. Thomas R Burns, Irish Leading Telegraphist from Ireland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
- Mr. Peter Burns, English Trimmer from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Mr. Joseph Burns, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Mr. John James Burns, English Leading Fireman from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Miss Mary Delia Burns (d. 1912), aged 17, Irish Third Class passenger from Kilmacowen, Sligo who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
- Miss Elizabeth Margaret Burns, aged 41, American First Class passenger from Tuxedo Park, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 3
- 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... MoreSepts of the Distinguished Name Burns
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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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