The ancient Scottish name MacConbornay was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name 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.
Early Origins of the MacConbornay family
The surname MacConbornay 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.
Early History of the MacConbornay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacConbornay research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1603, 1851, 1877, 1759, 1796, 1741 and are included under the topic Early MacConbornay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacConbornay Spelling Variations
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. MacConbornay has been spelled Burns, Burnes, Burness and others.
Early Notables of the MacConbornay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacConbornay family to Ireland
Some of the MacConbornay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacConbornay family to the New World and Oceana
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: Archibald Burns who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1850; Bernard, Catherine, Charles, Daniel, Edward, George, Henry, James, John, Joseph, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.