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Clan Broun

Clan Broun are a Scottish chiefly family


In its more common form of 'Brown' this is a very common surname. In most cases it is a reference to coloring. Black, however asserts that those of a Celtic origin may be named for their descent from hereditary judges in Gaelic societies, known as Brehons. <ref>George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire, Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia, 366</ref> The Lowland name achieved prominence in East Lothian during the early twelfth century, when Sir David Le Brun is recorded as witnessing the foundation of the Abbey of Holyrood House in 1126. He gave land to the Abbey in return for prayers for the health of his son. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 366</ref>

Middle Ages

The chiefly family, the Brouns of Colstoun enjoyed considerable royal favor, which may have been because of their claimed descent from the royal house of France. The chief's arms even bear the three gold lilies of France. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 366</ref> The family married into other noble dynasties around Haddington, including the Hay family, who were the ancestors of the marquesses of Tweedale. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 366</ref> Sir Patrick Broun of Colstoun was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia in 1686. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 366</ref> In 1505 John Broun of Coulston was killed at the Battle of Flodden, along with many other members of the Scots aristocracy and gentry. <ref></ref>


Sir William Broun of Coulston and Thornydykes (1848-1918) emigrated from Scotland to Australia aged twenty, and settled in New South Wales. He succeeded to the Baronetcy on the death of his father in 1882. <ref></ref> In 2000 Sir William Broun (1917-2007) was recognised by the Lyon King of Arms as chief of Clan Broun. The current chief is Sir Wayne Hercules Broun, 14th Baronet. <ref></ref>

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