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Offline Isles

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Unusual Christian name
« on: Monday 02 August 10 21:51 BST (UK) »
I was born in 1927 and named Isles John Burness after an uncle Isles Kinloch Burness who was born at Inverbervie, Kincardineshire in 1894. I only wish that my parents had named me John Isles because every person to whom I introduce myself usually comments on the unusual name ! Had I been interested in genealogy when my uncle was alive he would have been able to answer where his first name came from. I suspect, rightly or wrongly, that his mother whose maiden name was Kinloch had a relative who married someone with the surname of Isles. Should anyone have information on this puzzle (most unlikely !) I would be grateful.
 
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Re: Unusual Christian name
« Reply #1 on: Monday 02 August 10 22:11 BST (UK) »
Isles, promise won't comment on how unusual the name is  :-X

Your Uncle Isles is the only Isles showing in the whole of the 1901 Scottish census - sure you know that though  :-\

To help anyone searching, this is Uncle Isles as mentioned, in 1901:

John S Burness 58, mill owner
Annie Burness 39
David L Burness 16
Maggie A M I Burness 14
John Burness 11
Edwin Burness 8
Isles Burness 6
Annie Burness 2

Address: Pitcarry Mill Dwelling House, Arbuthnott, Kincardineshire

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Re: Unusual Christian name
« Reply #2 on: Monday 02 August 10 22:34 BST (UK) »
Hello Isles

I did a quick G***le for 'Pitcarry Mill' (thanks to Monica), and came up with a link to a Burness one name study on a Canadian site - I take it you're aware of it?  I haven't gone through the site.  I see that there were at least a couple of Burnesses born there - must be related to 'yours'....

Regards,   Steve ...  :)

http://www.burness.ca/p368.htm

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Re: Unusual Christian name
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 03 August 10 09:31 BST (UK) »
Many thanks for your replies Monica and Steve.  Yes, I do have the 1901 Census of Arbuthnott showing the family living at Pitcarry Mill Cottage and am aware of the Canadian website (and a super website it is) giving the connections between various branches of the Burness families. 
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Re: Unusual Christian name
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 14 August 10 21:44 BST (UK) »
Just as a follow-up to my previous thread. My grandfather, John S. Burness built Pitcarry Flax Spinning Mill and would have attended the market at Dundee to solicit new orders. Isles was a relatively common surname in Angus (and still is) so perhaps he was very friendly with someone of that name who may have been in the trade and decided to give his son the name. All this is a supposition of course and the truth will forever remain a mystery. Having said that, I've just remembered that one of his grandchildren who is a few years older than myself may have been told by her mother who was three or for years younger than Uncle Isles. I must get in touch before it's too late. :)
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           1927 - 2010
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Burness; Dickson; Moncur; Bowman

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