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Janet Drennan & Ayrshire
Posted by: daithi kerr (ID *****0867) Date: January 04, 2006 at 05:27:33
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I am descended from Janet(spelled Jannet and Jennat in the records) Drennan who married William Borland in 1795 in Colyton just outside Ayr in Ayrshire/Scotland, where their first child Agness was born. they moved to the neighbouring Monkton & Prestwick Parish and had more children in the early 1800s including my grt-grt-grt-grt grandfather William Borland in 1803..

I am awaiting Janet & williams marriage cert to hopefully gain more information on where exactly they lived in these parishes...and hopefully the name of Janet's Father

is anyone else related to this line?

ive read extensively about the origins of the Drennan surname and it is true to say that the name probably evolved in multiple locations, in the past people(especially 19th & 20th centuries) tried to connect similar sounding or spelt names as being all part of one super family but recent advances in DNA testing & breakthroughs in various fields of manuscript & linguistics research are highlighting the errors in assuming that all people with the same surname are descended from the same ancestor...when you look at the available records in the UK you can see that most Drennans are located in very specific locations in Ayrshire/Scotland and in parts of Ireland...those Drennans in N.Ireland are likely to be there due to Ulster settlement in the 1600s from South of Scotland...other parts of ireland were almost untouched by this settlement and therefore the name probably evolved independently...another factor to consider is that most surnames are relatively recent(with a few exceptions)and therefore common origins beyond a 1000 years ago are almost impossible to locate unless they were part of a ruling dynasty (Ireland has many of these but unfortunately I am unaware of Drennans being in that cast)

but whatever the origin it is a great sounding name with an unique history of its own.

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