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Family Name History - BENNIE
The Scottish surname BENNIE is local in origin, belonging to that category of surnames derived from the name of the place where an original bearer dwelt or where he once held land, one of most common means of identification in the period prior to the establishment of a formal hereditary surname system. Bennie, then denotes simply of or from Bennie, this being the name of a place on the east side of the Knock above the village of Braco in the parish of Logie Almond. Bennie first appears as a surname in written records in the year 1201 when Hugh de Benne witnessed charters by Gilchrist, Earl of Angus. Thereafter the surname appears regularly, some of its variant forms being Beny, Bynne, Benee and Beney. In 1552, for instance, an Alexander Benne was a dekin of the wobshare is in Stirling (deacon of the weavers), and a James Beny was prebendary of Crudane in 1321. Thirty seven Bennies appear in the Stirling Commissariot record of 1607 to 1800.
Blazon of Arms: Argent, a bend sable, between a cinquefoil in chief gules, and a sword in pale azure, bladed or.
Historical occurrences of the name
Early records in Scotland include:
1562 ELSPET BENNIE, OPR of birth to Robert Bennie/Isbell Andirson in Dunfermilne, Fife
1606 ROBERT BENNIE, Edinburgh Commissary Court
1637 JAMES BENNIE, bookseller, Edinburgh (Married Catharine Mackmillen 5 January 1637).
Recent notables include:
John Bennie (born in 1796, Glasgow, died 9 February 1869, Ciskei, South Africa) was a Presbyterian missionary and early Xhosa linguist. In 1816 he became associated with the Glasgow Missionary Society while still in Scotland and sailed to South Africa on the ship Woodlark as a catechist where he carried out his missionary work in the Ciskei.
'GEORGE BENNIE (1892 - 1957) was born at Pollokshaws, Glasgow, in 1892, the son of an engineer. In his youth he began to show signs of his ability as an inventor and several patents were registered in his name. During the 1920s, he turned his attention to a revolutionary new concept of public transport. His idea was to get railways off of the ground and into the air. Bennie believed that fast passenger traffic should be separated from the slower heavy goods trains.'
ANDREW DAVID BENNIE (1956 - , Howick, NZ) part of the New Zealnd equestrian team which won bronze at the Seol Olympics.
Dr PETER BENNIE (from Clackmannanshire) a Consultant Psychiatrist at the NHS Glasgow and Clyde was elected to the chair of the Scotland Annual Representative Meeting of the British Medical Association for the year 2015.
Distribution of the name
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