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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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Some Famous People with the surname of Brownlee

Wikipedia John Edward Brownlee (August 27, 1883 ? July 15, 1961) was the Premier of Alberta, Canada from 1925 until 1934.
Wikipedia Gerard Anthony Brownlee (born 1956), generally known as Gerry Brownlee, served from 17 November 2003 to November 27, 2006 as deputy-leader of the National Party ? during that period the second-largest party in the New Zealand Parliament, and thus forming the core of the Opposition.
Wikipedia Derek Brownlee (born 10 August 1974) is the Finance and Public Service Reform spokesman of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, and a member of the party's Shadow Cabinet.
Wikipedia William Craig Brownlee (1784 ? February 10, 1860) was an American clergyman, professor of languages and author.
Wikipedia Alistair Edward Brownlee (born 23 April 1988) is an English cross country runner, duathlete and triathlete who is the current ITU Triathlon World Champion.
Wikipedia Nick Brownlee is a British journalist and crime thriller writer.
Wikipedia Jonathan Brownlee (born 30 April 1990) is an English duathlete and triathlete who is the reigning 2009 European Triathlon Union (ETU) European Junior Triathlon Champion and silver medallist at the 2009 ITU Triathlon Junior World Championship.