I also am interested in this connection. Do you have information on the validity of the connection between Christopher Barnewall & the three sons that moved to Scotland.Can this story be confirmed or was it based on oral tradition. One thing I have found in genealogy research is don't take anything for granted but confirm the resources. For instance the story of Barnhill the freebooter was a possible relative & included in most histories of Barnhill. However a little further research will find the Barnhill in the story was in fact surnamed Turnbull, a famous border clan name. His estate/castle was named Barnhill. As was the custom in those days a John Turnbull of Barnhill might be called Barnhill to differentiate him from John Turnbull of Jedburgh.
It is probable the story of the 3 Barnhills is true, I would just like to know the evidence. If this is not correct then it would open a whole new area of research. Perhaps research into the hamlets of Barnhill where we know our ancestors lived would yield results. If I come across anything i will post it. Good hunting! Mark Barnhill Walters
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