, but one of the first records of the name was Adam of Dryburgh (c.1140–1212), a late 12th and early 13th century Anglo-Scottish theologian, writer and Premonstratensian and Carthusian monk born in what is now the Scottish Borders. His life was well documented from when he first rose to be Abbot of Dryburgh Abbey (1184–1188) to his life in
at old priory in Witham, Somerset.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Dryburgh who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773; Andrew Dryburgh settled in Pennsylvania in 1828.