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Early Origins of the Dryburgh family

The surname Dryburgh was first found in Berwickshire, 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 England at old priory in Witham, Somerset.

Early History of the Dryburgh family

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Dryburgh Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dryburgh, Dribrough, Drybrough and others.

Early Notables of the Dryburgh family (pre 1700)

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United States Dryburgh migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dryburgh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Dryburgh who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
Dryburgh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Dryburgh, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1828
  • Walter Dryburgh, who landed in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1870 [1]
  • James Dryburgh, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873 [1]

New Zealand Dryburgh 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:

Dryburgh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Jane Dryburgh, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1864 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dryburgh (post 1700) +

  • Stuart Dryburgh (b. 1952), English-born, New Zealand Academy Award winning cinematographer
  • Margaret Dryburgh (1890-1945), English teacher and missionary in Singapore, where she was captured in the Second World War, inspirations for the 1996 film Paradise Road
  • Mrs. Annette Dryburgh O.B.E., British Senior Operational Advisor for Women’s Strategy Team for the Scottish Prison Service, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Women Offenders [3]
  • Jack "Jackie" Dryburgh (b. 1939), Scottish retired ice hockey player and coach from Kirkcaldy, inducted into the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991
  • James Dryburgh (b. 1975), Scottish-born, Swedish three-time gold and bonze medalist curler
  • Douglas Dryburgh (b. 1966), Scottish-born, Irish curler, born in Kircaldy
  • John Dryburgh Godsell (1924-2014), Scottish professional footballer from 1945 to 1952

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook