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Kinnears were Flemings
Posted by: jack kinnear (ID *****5144) Date: January 25, 2008 at 10:31:38
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The first Kinnear's Simon and his brother Alan came to Scotland from a village near Louvain c 1190's. They were likely minor knights and soon became landholders in Fife.
See the recent studies done on Flemish families in Scotland. The farms of easter and wester Kinnear are the location from which they took their family name. From the Kinnear's also stem the Kinninmonths. The family has never (it seems) been prolific. There is a Kinnear Tower or was, a typical Scottish Tower House some 90 feet high. It may be gone by now. The Kinnear's occupied the land for 900 years. The last Chief of the house 'of that ilk" was made a Knight in the 20th century. It is an old interesting name spread from Scotland, ireland, England, south africa, australia, ans the US and Canada.

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