Perhaps best known for the works of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns, the Burns clan can trace its ancestry back to multiple different sources.
The name was originally found in Cumbernauld on the outskirts of modern-day Glasgow but would also be derived from the territorial ‘Burnhouse’ which was named after lands held by Walter Campbell in Argyll. Campbell would relocate to Kincardinshre after the 17th-century civil war and would therefore take the name of his former lands to conceal his identity.
It is from Campbell that Robert Burns is likely descended as his family were originally Burness’ who farmed in Kincardineshire before migrating to Ayrshire and changing their name to ‘Burns’ around 1786. The poet would go on to gain worldwide fame and his works such as Tam o’shanter are still used in classrooms around the world.