Early Family History
The Family Name
Document passed down through the Family
Nicola Horsburgh is studying a document giving an account of the Horsburgh
family. This is believed to have been written, probably around 1880, by
one of the ladies in the Horsburgh family - possibly by Agnes Horsburgh
(née McIntosh), the wife of John Horsburgh
This document has been passed on
- John Horsburgh
his son James
to his son Ronald
- to his son John b.1935
his daughter, Nicola, who e-mailed me.
This document states that the Horsburgh family name can be traced
back to 1479.
Descendant of Joshua Reynolds
Nicola Horsburgh's great grandmother Helen Reynolds, married to James David
Horsburgh, is apparently a descendant of Sir Joshua Reynolds the artist.
Nicola adds: "I can only assume the family moved in artist circles and
this is how they met."
Origin of the Family Name
Thank you to Dr Dave Horsburgh for sending
the following details on the family name.
Regarding the origins of the
name, it comes from the old estate of Horsburgh in Peeblesshire.
First recorded in the 13th century as Horsbroc, meaning literally
By the 16th century the ordinary
forms Horsbruik/ Horsbruke were becoming corrupted to Horsburgh.
The family tree of the
Horsburghs of that Ilk can be traced unbroken from the 1450s until
it became extinct in the direct line in 1929.
The family also had other
land-owning branches in the East Neuk of Fife.
Dr Davie Horsburgh (no sib tae the
penter): 12 January 2006
Thank you to Dr Davie Horsburgh for sending me the details on the origin
of the Horsburgh name in January 2006.
Thank you to
Nicola Horsburgh (Derby, Derbyshire, England) who gave me the remainder
of the information
above in February 2005. Nicola is:
- great-great-granddaughter of the Edinburgh
photographer, John Horsburgh.b.1835.
- great-granddaughter of James David Horsburgh, one of the children in
- daughter of John Horsburgh b.1935.
- niece of Helen
(Shena) Bulcock, née Horsburgh, also an artist.
Thank you to Mac Horsburgh, Canada, who wrote:
Youngest son of John
"I am the grandson of Mac Horsburgh, brother of James David Horsburgh.
Mac was born in I875 and would have been 3 years younger than James. Mac was the last of John's 10 children. He
enjoyed golf and tennis as do I.
Mac emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada
where he married and had two children, my father John and my aunt Jean.
In response to the artistic
question, my father was very artistic and talented in many areas. He was
also always the top student in his class and became a Civil Engineer."
possibly of an earlier John Horsburgh?
"I have a family
painting that I believe may be of
an earlier John Horsburgh.
I also have
a copy of account of crossing
the Atlantic Ocean in a Clipper ship in 1855 written by John Horsburgh's
article was published in the Scot's Magazine."
Thank you to Mac Horsburgh, Canada, who gave me the details
above on 12, 13 September 2005. Mac is:
- great-grandson of John Horsburgh.b.1835
- grandson of Mackintosh Horsburgh, the youngest of John
Horsburgh's 10 children.
Thank you to Jenny Harris, who wrote:
Horsburgh Family Photos
"I am the great granddaughter of John Horsburgh.
We have an original (we think)
photo of my late mother, Margaret Mealand nee Loudon as a baby with John
Horsburgh and family, and other Horsburgh family photos."
"I would very much like to
make contact with any descendants of John Horsburgh, if there are any
living in the UK."
Jenny Harris, North Wales: 8 October 2015
Reply to Jennifer?
If you'd like to contact
please email me to let me know, then I'll pass on her contact
details to you. Thank you.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: 10 October 2015