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"Local: from the town of Abernethy in Perthshire. Aber, the mouth of a stream, and nithy, dangerous. The family are descended from Alexander Abernethy, temp. Robert I.
(The origin and signification of Scottish surnames. Clifford Stanley Sims, 1862)
"ABERNETHY. "The origin of the
Abernethies," says the late Sir James Balfour Paul,
cannot be stated with any certainty. In the
twelfth century they appear to have occupied
the position of lay abbots of the Culdee
Monastery of Abernethy in Stratheam. This would
seem to show that they were descended from
original native stock and not of Saxon or
Norman origin. The first of the Abernethies
on record is Hugh, who appears to have died
about the middle of the twelfth century
(RPSA., p. 130, 132). His son Orm probably
succeeded his father as lay abbot. He appears
as witness to a charter by Ernulphus or Arnold,
bishop of St. Andrews, granted before 1162.
He also witnessed a charter of William the
Lion (Scon, 34). He is the first of the family
found bearing the territorial appellation 'de
Abernethy.' It is conjectured that he may have
given name to the knds of Ormiston (c. 1160,
Ormystone), an estate contiguous to that of
Salton, East Lothian, with which his
descendants became identified in after days, though
Orm was not an uncommon name in those
early days (see OHMISTON ). Between 1189 and
1196 King William the Lion granted the church
of Abemethy to the Abbey of Arbroath (RAA.,
i, p. 25), while about the same time Lawrence,
son of Orm de Abirnythy, conveys to the
church and monks of Arbroath his whole right
in the advowson of the church of Abernethy
(ibid., p. 35). He retained the land and
position of 'dominus' or lord of Abemethy (Skene,
CS., n, p. 399). Hugh de Haberinthan is
mentioned in a papal mandate to the bishops of
St. Andrews and Aberdeen in 1264 (Pap.
Lett., i, p. 408). Sir Alexander de Abernethy
swore fealty in 1296. His seal bears on the
breast of an eagle displayed, a shield charged
with a lion rampant, debruised by a ribbon,
S' Alexandri de Abernethi (Bain, n, 751).
Abernethies appear in Upper Lauderdale in the
thirteenth century, probamy as vassals of the
de Morevilles. David de Albirnyth appears as
vicar of Drisdale in 1320 (REG., p. 229),
and c. 1380 William de Abrenythe made a
gift of the mill of Ulkeston (now Oxton) to
Dryburgh (Dryburgh, 259). John of
Abrenethy, knight of Scotland, had a safe conduct
in England in 1399 (Bain, TV, 593), and George
Abmnete, merchant of Scotland, had a similar
safe conduct in 1465 (ibid., 1358). Among
Scots in Prussia in 1644 the name was spelled
Abernetti. It became Ebbemet in Sweden.
Abernathie 1641, Abemythe 1204, Abimathie
1596, Abimethie 1609, Abirnethny 1407,
Abirnidhr 1228, Abrenythi and Abrenythie c. 1295,
Abrenethyn 1351, Abrenythyn 1338, Aburnethe
1424, Habemethi 1426; also Abernather,
Aberneathie, Abimythy, and Abirnather.
It may here be mentioned that the family
of Abernethy shared in the "privilege of
sanctuary," a privilege which, says Riddell (Scotch
peerage law, 1833, p. 152), "with us was by
no means so common as has been
apprehended." In pre-Reformation times certain
churches in Scotland and England were set
apart to be an asylum for fugitives from
justice. Any person who had taken refuge in such
a sanctuary was secured against punishment
except the charge were treason or sacrilege
if within the space of forty days he gave
signs of repentance, and subjected himself to
punishment. By the Act 21 James i (of
England ) c. xxvra, the privilege of sanctuary for
crime was finally abolished. In Scotland all
religious sanctuaries were abolished at the
Reformation in 1560. The most celebrated of
these ecclesiastical sanctuaries were the church
of Wedale, now Stow, which treasured what
was believed to have been a piece of the true
cross brought by King Arthur from the Holy
Land; and the church of Lesmahagow,
Lanarkshire, fugitives to which had the benefit of
the "King's Peace," granted by King David I
in addition to the protection of the Church.
According to Wyntoun (Crom/kil, bk. vr,
c. xnc) only three persons originally were
partakers in such a right: Macduff, Thane of
Fife, the Black Priest of Wedale, and the Lord
(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)
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|John Abernethy||John Abernethy FRS (3 April 1764 ? 20 April 1831) was an English surgeon, grandson of the Reverend John Abernethy.|
|John Abernethy||Reverend John Abernethy (October 19, 1680 ? December 1, 1740) was an Irish Presbyterian church leader, the grandfather of the surgeon John Abernethy.|
|George Abernethy||George Abernethy (October 7, 1807 ? March 2, 1877) was an American pioneer, notable entrepreneur, and first governor of Oregon under the provisional government in what would become the state of Oregon in the United States.|
|Charles Laban Abernethy||Charles Laban Abernethy (18 March 1872 ? 23 February 1955) was a Democratic U.|
|Tom Abernethy||Thomas (Tom) Craig Abernethy (born May 6 1954 in South Bend, Indiana) is a retired American professional basketball player.|
|Thomas Abernethy||Thomas Gerstle Abernethy (May 16, 1903 ? June 11, 1998) was a member of the United States House of Representatives.|
|Glen Abernethy||Glen Abernethy is a territorial level politician from Northwest Territories, Canada.|
|James Abernethy||James Abernethy (12 June 1814 ? 8 March 1896) was a Scottish civil engineer.|
|Liam Abernethy||Liam Abernethy was an Irish sportsperson.|