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General Sir Thomas Brisbane

Clan Brisbane is a Scottish kin group or family who do not have a recognised chief and are therefore considered an armigerous clan.


According to Nisbet, Brisbane of bishopton is the oldest family called Brisbane. <ref>George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire, Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia, 365</ref> The name may be of Anglo-French origin- from 'bris bane', meaning 'bone breaker'. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 365</ref>

Middle Ages

Black lists William Bris Bone as an archer sent from Berwick to Roxburgh in 1298.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 365</ref>

A number of Bris Banes witnessed charters in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 365</ref> The Brisbanes of Bishopton gained the lands of Killincraig in Largs in the early fifteenth century.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 365</ref>

By a royal charter the lands became a barony and the family called themselves 'Brisbane of Brisbane'.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 365</ref>

Darien Scheme

James Brisbane, writer to the signet, is listed as among the investors in the disastrous Darien Scheme of the 1690s. <ref>James Samuel Barbour, a History of William Paterson and the Darien Company, 258</ref>

Nineteenth Century

General Sir Thomas Brisbane fought in the Peninsular War (1808-14). He was later appointed governor of New South Wales. The Australian city of Brisbane is named after him. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 365</ref>