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"BROWNLEA, BROWNLEE, BROWNIJE, BROWNLEES, BRUNLEES. Of local origin, perhaps from Brownlee in Lanarkshire. There is also a Brownlee near Dundonald, Ayrshire. "Wedow" Brounlees was tenant on lands under Newbotle Abbey in 1563 (Neubotle, p. 327), Gavin Brwnelie was heir to James Brwnelie in Kinpuntmyln, 1608 (Retours, Linltthgou), 58), and Issobell Brounleis was tenant on lands of Kelso Abbey in 1567 (Kelso, p. 527). Janet Brownlee or Brownlees is recorded in Ersiltoune, 1653 (Louder), John Brounllyes in Chappell, 1659, and James Brounleyis there in 1661 (RRM., i, p. 224, 334). Nathaniel Brounlie in Mauldslie, 1685 (RFC., 3. ser. x, p. 123), and John Brounlie in Toun of Belstaine, parish of Carluke, 1624, and five more are recorded in Lanark Commissariot Record. Sir James Brunlees (1816-1892) was a distinguished engineer. Brownleis 1567, Brunlie 1700; Brounley, Brownley. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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