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What's On-site? The principal trees here record the ancestry and family of the six forebears shown above, from left to right:

  • George Henry BROWNESS of Devonport, Kirkliston and Gourock, a descendant of John BROWNESS (1784) of Ampney Crucis, Gloucester, Drummer of the 36th Herefordshire Regiment;
  • Mabel Amelia HIGGINS of Plymouth and Devonport, a descendant of Enoder HIGGINS (1688) of Gwennap, likely by trade a Cornwall Tin Miner;
  • Margaret Shephard “Gretta” SUTHERLAND of Kirkliston and Gourock, a descendant of John SUTHERLAND (c1741), a Crofter of Halkirk, Caithness;
  • James Leckie KINLOCH Sr of Gourock, a descendant of John KILLOCH (c1832), Shoemaker of Greenock and Bonhill in Dunbartonshire;
  • Matthew “Matt” PURDIE of Glasgow and Greenfield Park near Montreal, the descendant of James PURDIE or PURDAY (c1785), Mason of Stoneykirk, who came from N. Ireland to the Rhins of Galloway in Wigtownshire; and
  • Margaret “Maggie” MacLEHOSE of Glasgow, Greenfield Park and Montreal, the descendant of Archibald McLEHOSE (c1748), a Handloom Weaver of Barony, Glasgow.

The first four forebears were the parents and step-parents of George Arthur "Art" BROWNESS and the last two the parents of Evelyn Rita PURDIE, both of whom are shown at left in Bermuda, May 1938, shortly after their marriage.

In addition to photos and histories of the family above, the site includes:

  • a genealogy of Francis H. PAULEY or PAWLEY of Torbryan and Plymouth, Devon, and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, who clerked for Samuel HOW (grandfather to George H. BROWNESS) in Harbour Breton, Newfoundland, in the 1860's, when Samuel was the Newman & Company agent for the saltfish "plantation" there; and
  • a one-name study and research on the BROWNESS (or BR*N?S*) surname.

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