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WALLACE and BURNSIDE?

WALLACE and BURNSIDE?

Posted: 3 May 2002 6:20PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 19 Jun 2002 6:30PM GMT
Surnames: WALLACE, BURNSIDE
Are the BURNSIDES actually WALLACES by a different name? (Sort of a sept.) Some Burnsides believe they are. The story was put thus in a letter written in 1916, quoting a man then 80 years old (born in 1836) who had a good memory."The Burnside family's original name was Wallace...They lived on a creek in Scotland, called a burn. They were given the name Sideburn Wallace to designate them from the balace of the family that had gotten very numerous. In the course of time, the name Wallace was dropped and they were called Burnsides." All this happened hundreds of years ago, because some Burnsides (various spellings) were documented in the 16th century. Wallaces, please comment.

Re: WALLACE and BURNSIDE?

Cindy McDaniel (View posts)
Posted: 30 Jun 2003 12:07AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi! My gggg etc. grandmother's name is listed as Esther Wallace Burnsides. I was told that the branch of the Burnsides with the Wallace in the name are Wallaces and separate from the rest of the Burnsides. I had a one page article at one time that discussed the situation and said it changed, as you indicated, due to the fact that the part of Scotland they were in had too many Wallace's and some were given nicknames to keep them straight. I can't find that article right now. I have moved several times in the last few years and things seem to get misplaced. I will keep looking. Anyway, if it is true there are 2 separate Burnsides.

Re: WALLACE and BURNSIDE?

Posted: 30 Jun 2003 2:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 16 Nov 2005 4:30PM GMT
How many greats was your ggggetc. grandmother? Do you have any family tradition of a location in Scotland? A center for the Burnsides and Wallaces seems to have been Ayrshire.
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