The surname Mearns was first found in Kincardine, where The Mearns was a traditional alternate name for the county on the east coats of northeast
. Alternatively the name could have been derived from
where Mearns Castle has stood since the fifteenth century when Herbert, Lord Maxwell under a royal warrant issued in 1449 had the castle built. The castle was restored and is now part of the Maxwell Mearns Castle Church in Newton Mearns, today, the largest settlement in East
. The name Mearns was derived from Scottish Gaelic "a' Mhaoirne" meaning a stewartry. Máel Petair of Mearns (
1094) is the only known Mormaer (Scottish: regional or provincial ruler) of the Mearns and once source claims he killed King Duncan II of
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