Clan Broun


Clan Broun
Clan Broun
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Crest: A lion rampant, holding in the dexter paw a fleur de lis Or
Motto: FLOREAT MAGESTAS
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Region Lowlands
District East Lothian
Chief

Broun of Colstoun arms.svg
Sir Wayne Broun of Colstoun
14th Baronet of Colstoun
Seat Haddington, East Lothian
Historic seat Carsluith Castle



Clan Broun also known as Brown is a common Scottish clan name, it was located primarily in Lowland Scotland.

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History

Origins of the Name

As well as the name being Scottish, Broun or Brown is also common name in Old English charters (as Brun) from an adjective meaning brown or dark red. It also occurs in Old High German as Brunn and is the source of the French surname le Brun. A family of this name were superiors of land in Cumberland shortly after the Norman conquest. In all cases it seems to be a name describing the appearance of the original ancestor.

It is also found as an Anglicisation of Mac a' Bhriuthainn (pron. "mac a vroon"), meaning "son of the brehon (judge)", which is usually Anglicised as MacBrayne, or a direct translation of MacIlledhuinn.

Brouns in Scotland

The Brouns of Colstoun, the Chiefs of Clan Broun[1], claim descent from the Royal House of France. They bear on their shield the three fleur-de-lys of the French Monarchy. The Brouns of Colstoun also claim descent from George Broun who in 1543 married Jean Hay second daughter of Lord Yester, ancestor of the Marquess of Tweeddale.

The dowry consisted of the "Colstoun Pear" which was said to have been invested with wondrous powers by the 13th century wizard and necromancer Hugo de Gifford of Yester. This pear was meant to ensure unfailing prosperity on the family which possessd it. The pear was said to have been as fresh as the day it was picked until in the 17th century a pregnant descendant, longing for the fruit which was out of season, took a bite of it, whereupon it became as hard as rock.

Patrick Broun of Colstoun was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia in 1686, the title to be passed on to his male heirs. On his death he left only a daughter who inherited his possessions while the title went to the Thorndyke branch of the family. Members of a younger branch of Broun of Colstoun settled in Elsinore, Denmark where they became prominent merchants; the name is still found there today. During the Civil War Sir John Brown of Fordell commanded the royalist army at the Battle of Inverkeithing in 1650.

Clan profile

Clan Castles

Seats of the Clan Broun have included: Bruntsfield House and Carsluith Castle.

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References

  1. ^ Burke's Peerage
  2. ^ The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs
  3. ^ The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales: Comprising a Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time; By Bernard Burke; Published by Harrison & sons, 1864; p.131 Link to Book
  4. ^ The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales: Comprising a Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time; By Bernard Burke; Published by Harrison & sons, 1864; p.131 Link to Book
  5. ^ The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales: Comprising a Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time; By Bernard Burke; Published by Harrison & sons, 1864; p.131 Link to Book

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