The name McConborny was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first McConborny family 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 McConborny family
The surname McConborny 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 McConborny family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McConborny research.Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1603, 1851, 1877, 1759, 1796, 1741 and are included under the topic Early McConborny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McConborny Spelling Variations
Surnames that evolved in Scotland
in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations
. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. McConborny has appeared as Burns, Burnes, Burness and others.
Early Notables of the McConborny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McConborny family to Ireland
Some of the McConborny family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 60 words (4 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 McConborny family to the New World and Oceana
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan
families back home. Many Scots even fought against England
in the American War of Independence
to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. 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.