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"BRODIE. Of territorial origin from the barony of the name in Moray. Michael de Brothie had a charter from Robert i in 1311 (not in RMS.) of the lands of Brodie as his father's heir. In 1337 there is mention of the "terra de Brothy domini" (ER., i, p. 441). Thomas de Brothy was juror at a court held at "Le Ballocis Hill" near Inverness 1376-7 (Family of Innes, p. 63). John de Brothy appears in 1380 as witness in a matter between the bishop of Moray and Alexander Stewart, lord of Badenoch (REM., p. 187). Thomas Brothi and his son, John Brothy appear in 1386 in a negotiation regarding the vicarage of Dyke of which his younger son, Alexander de Brothi, was vicar (ibid., p. 323), and Johannes Brody de eodem or thanus de Brody was witness in an agreement anent the marches of Croy and Kildruminy in 1492 (ibid., p. 236, 238, 241). Adam Brothy, Archibald Brothy, and Alexander Brothy witnessed sealing of sasine of Skelbo in 1487 (OPS., n, p. 646), and Thomas Brodie of that Ilk was juror on an inquest made at Inverness, 1546 (ibid., p. 666). John Brothy, witness at Knokschynnoch, 1512, may be John Brothy, sheriff of Ayr, 1514 (Has, 5, 83). The surname is found in Edinburgh from 1599 onwards (Edinb. Marr.), and is also used as an Englishing of the Irish and West Highland name O'BROLOCHAN, q.v. Although the family of Brodie have been long located in the province of Moray,. less is known of their history than of almost any other of similar antiquity. This has been accounted for by the fact that all their papers and charters were destroyed when Brodie House was burnt by Lord Lewis Gordon in 1645. It does not, however, explain entirely the almost entire want of information about them, and it may therefore be presumed that their estate was not large, nor were they much known as having taken a share in public affairs until the middle or close of the sixteenth century, when they somewhat suddenly take a prominent place in the county, and so continue down to our time" (Young, Parish of Spynie, Elgin, 1871, p. 328). Broadie 1690, Broddy 1622, Brodye 1546; also Brady, Bridy, Broddie, Brothu, Brydie. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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