- Broun Baronets
The Broun Baronets are a branch of the ancient Broun of Colstoun family whose estate near
Haddington, East Lothian, remains to this day in the possession of a cadet family.
Early in the twelfth century a Walterus le Brun flourished in Scotland [cite book|title=The Scottish Nation|author=William Anderson|location=Edinburgh|year=1867|volume=II|pages=383] . He was one of the barons who witnessed the inquisition of the possessions of the church of Glasgow made by Earl David in 1116, in the reign of his brother,
Alexander I of Scotland. Sir David le Brun was one of the witnesses, with King David I of Scotland, in laying the foundation of Holyrood Abbeyon May 13, 1128. He devised to that abbey certain "lands and acres in territories de Colstoun" for prayers to be said for "the soul of (King) Alexander, and the health of his son."
cquote|Possibly the most well-known thing about this family is not their glorious history of service to Scotland, but the famous "Colstoun Pear", which
Hugo de Giffordof Yester (d.1267), famed for his necromantic powers, described in " Marmion", was supposed to have invested with the extraordinary virtue of conferring unfailing prosperity on the family which possessed it. - William Anderson, 1867 [cite book|title=The Scottish Nation|author=William Anderson|location=Edinburgh|year=1867|volume=II|pages=383] George Broun of Colstoun married Marion Hay (d.1564), second daughter of Sir John Hay, 2nd Lord Hayof Yester, ancestor of the Marquess of Tweeddale, and she brought with her the "pear" as dowry. Lord Yester, in handing over the "pear" told his new son-in-law that as long as it was preserved the family would flourish until the end of time. Accordingly the "pear" has been carefully preserved in a silver box as a sacred palladium. Many writers comment upon the "pear": Lord Fountainhall relates that in September 1670 he called upon the Brouns "who talk much of their antiquity and "pear" they preserve." Fountainhall's descendant, Sir Thomas Dick Lauder, refers to the story of the "pear" as something "which we cannot pass over" and mentions that "one of the ladies of the family took a longing for the forbidden fruit while pregnant and inflicted upon it a deadly bite", following which a period of dire financial crisises affected the family and the pear turned rock hard, the teeth-marks still preserved. Martine also mentions it: "the legend of the Colstoun enchanted "pear", still preserved, has been long known in the history of the Brouns of Colstoun.""
George Broun, feudal baron of Colstoun in the reign of King Charles I, married a daughter of Sir David Murray of Stanhope and had, with a younger son George (ancestor of the present-day baronets), to whom he granted by charter the barony of Thornydyke, an elder son -
Sir Patrick Broun, 1st Baronet, who was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia on February 16, 1686, with a remainder to his heirs male forever.
His eldest son and heir Sir George Broun, 2nd Baronet, (d.1718), married a daughter of
George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Cromartie, and left an only daughter who inherited the estate, while the baronetcy went to the male heir.
The family thus became split between the heirs male and the heirs of line, the title devolving upon the Broun of Thornydyke family in
Berwickshire, and the estates upon the heiress who married George Broun of Eastfield, again uniting older strands of the same family.
Sir Patrick Broun, 1st Baronetc.1630-1688
Sir George Broun, 2nd Baronetd.1718
Sir George Broun, 3rd Baronetd.1734
Sir Alexander Broun, 4th Baronetd.1750
Sir Alexander Broun, 5th Baronetd.1776
Sir Richard Broun, 6th Baronet13 Dec 1781
Sir James Broun, 7th Baronet12 Mar 1768-30 Nov 1844
Sir Richard Broun, 8th Baronet22 Apr 1801-10 Dec 1858
Sir William Broun, 9th BaronetJul 1804 -10 Jun 1882
Sir William Broun, 10th Baronet18 Dec 1848-23 Oct 1918
Sir James Lionel Broun, 11th Baronet1875-8 Aug 1962
Sir Lionel John Law Broun, 12th Baronet25 Apr 1927-10 Aug 1995
Sir William Windsor Broun, 13th Baronet11 Jul 1917
Sir Wayne Broun, 14th Baronet
*cite book|title=The Scottish Nation|author=William Anderson|location=Edinburgh|year=1867|volume=II|pages=383
* "Fourteen Parishes of the County of
Haddington", by John Martine, Edinburgh, 1890, p.128.
* "Scottish Rivers", by Sir
Thomas Dick Lauder, Bt., London, 1890 reprint, pps:333-4.
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