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"BALNEAVES, BALNAVES. From the lands of Balneaves in die parish of Kinkell, in Angus, which in Latin documents appears as de villa nativorum. There is still a small farm near the old place called Balneaves. The old house has long since disappeared, but the site is still marked by three aged trees in a field opposite the manse of Kinkell. Laurence de Balnavis was present at the perambulation of the boundaries of Kyrknes and Louchor in 1395 (RPSA., p. 3). Balnevis of Halhill, Fife, c. 1539, one of the promoters of the Reformation, was described by Knox as "a very learned and pious man." In 1541 Henry Benese (an old form of the name) was on the Justice A yre at Jedburgh (Hamilton, I, p. 74), and in 1587 John Balnaves was scribe to the Assembly of Perth. Many individuals of the name settled in Atholl under the Murrays. The families of Balneaves of Hallhill and of Carnbody were branches of Balneaves of Balneaves. The estate early passed to the Frasers, and Thomas Fraser of Lovat granted a charter of the lands of Balneaves to George, fifth Lord Glammis in 1501. In the first volume of the Hamilton Papers we have a wide variety of spellings of this name: Banese 1541, Balnavis, Penneyse, and Pennesse 1542, Bannese, Bennase, Bennese, Bennesse, all in 1543, Bannavis and Balnavis 1556, elsewhere Bannawis 1555, Balnauys 1531, Balneavs 1689, Banavees 1652, Bannevis. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)

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Wikipedia Henry Balnaves (1512? - February, 1579) was a Scottish politician and religious reformer.