England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Musselbro family lived in Mid Lothian, at Musselburgh, from whence their name is taken.
Early Origins of the Musselbro family
Lothian where they held a family seat. Conjecturally they are descended from an unknown Norman noble who moved north to Scotland in the train of King David, Earl of Huntingdon, who invited many of his Norman friends north, and gave them lands in Scotland. They were granted lands in Musselburgh in the parish of Inveresk. John of Musselburgh was the first to settle there about 1160.
Early History of the Musselbro family
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Musselbro Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Musselbro has been recorded under many different variations, including Musselburgh, Mussleburgh, Muskilburgh, Musselburg, Musselborough, Musselborrow, Musselborow and many more.
Early Notables of the Musselbro family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Musselbro family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Musselbros were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Mathew Muskilburgh who landed in North America in 1766.
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