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"BRAIDWOOD. Of local origin from the lands and later village of the same name in Avondale parish, Lanarkshire. John de Bradwod was one of the jurors on an inquest held in St. Katherine's Chapel, Bavelay, in 1280 (Bain, rv, 1762). John Braidwod or Braidwoth and Patrick Bra id wot are recorded in 1498 as inhabitants of Vddynston (REG., 478, 479), and Cristine Braydwoyd was tenant in the barony of Glasgow in 1521 (Rental). James Braidwood, surgeon, burgess of Glasgow, appears in 1649 (Inquis., 3553). The name also occurs in the Glasgow protocol books as Braidwode (1553) and Braidwod (1550). The founder of the firm of Messrs. Broadwood, piano manufacturers, was bom in Cockbumspath in 1732. Other early forms of the name are Breadwood and Braiduode. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)
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|James Braidwood||James Braidwood (1800?1861) founded the world's first municipal fire service in Edinburgh in 1824, and was the first director of the "London Fire Engine Establishment" (the brigade which was eventually to become the London Fire Brigade).|