Crannog to Castle is in part a sequel to the late nineteenth century Spalding edition of the history of the family of Burnetts of Leys. In updating the family membership, it also acknowledges the interest of more remote kinsmen and refers to the origins and genealogy of the Burnetts of Leys. In accordance with the title, we have sought to inform on their life on the Loch of Leys and their homes in the twenty-first century. We have illustrated their heraldry and we have identified some of their final places of rest.
A sequel to Crannog to Castle, a history of the Burnetts to date. Contents, by several contributors, include updated genealogy and history of the family, their early and modern estates, accounts and lives of eminent Burnetts, merchant Burnetts of Aberdeen, Royal, Russian and Cecil connections, poems, reels and letters and much more information on this family. This volume is edited and compliled by Eileen Bailey. FSA Scot. Official family historian and genealogist
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Differences between Crannog to Castle and The Holly and The Horn The contents of Crannog to Castle include chapters on the various branches of the family, Burnett heraldry, articles on the crannog (the island where the family lived before the Castle was built), other Burnett houses, recent history of the estate and burial places of the Burnetts. The genealogy of the Holly and the Horn is much the same but improved, expanded and updated in The Holly and The Horn. In addition to some eulogies and reference to the House of Burnett, there are chapters on the Holly and the Horn as our heraldic symbols, the early lands of the Burnetts, the Royal Connection, the portraits in the Castle, the Adelphi Stone in Aberdeen, the Burnett merchants in Aberdeen, some eminent Burnetts and non-Burnett relations including the Cecils both in the UK and the US, a lengthy account on Lord Monboddo and his daughter and her relationship with Robert Burns, an update on the estate activities and a selection of poems, music and letters with a close Burnett connection. There are also nearly 100 photographs and illustrations throughout the book which is hardback and of a much higher standard of paper throughout. Contributions to the book are by Charles Burnett, the Ross Herald, Dr Christopher Croly of Aberdeen University in addition to Eileen Bailey and James Burnett
Without Fanfare - The Story of My Family by Susan Burnett of Kemnay ISBN 0-952-3979-94 (GBP)£12.95 plus (GBP)£3.00 postage & handling Following the story of the Burnetts of Kemnay, the reader travels from 17th century Scotland to the Court of Sophia, Electress of Hanover and to the Bastille in Paris. The Author traces her family history through the ’45 Jacobite Rising, the Court of Frederick the Great of Prussia, the agricultural improvements of 18th and 19th century Scotland, with digressions to the Far East and Africa.  The Archives of the Burnetts of Kemnay have furnished the greater part of this journal and they have been a continuous source of interesting, and at times, amusing, information. To order 'Without Fanfare: The Story of My Family' please write directly to the author. Susan L. Burnett of Kemnay Kemnay House Kemnay, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 5LH SCOTLAND
Sir Robert Burnett Obituary in New York Times  February 11th 1894         
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Q: What is the meaning of the family motto “Alterius Non Sit Qui Suus Esse Potest”? A: Let Him Not Be Another’s Who Can Be His Own. This motto was introduced by Sir Thomas Burnett in the last century when he re-recorded the arms with the inclusion of the tartan on the highlander supporter.  Q: What is the meaning of the family motto or slogan "Virescit Vulner Virtus"? A: Valour increases with a wound. This is the principal motto or slogan and can be translated as “her virtue flourishes by her wound.” However, the more general and meaningful translation and that which I regard as “official” is “Virtue, when wounded, flourishes”. Q: Are the Burnetts a sept of Clan Campbell? A: The Lord Lyon, King of Arms wrote to James Burnett of Leys in 1985 stating “While it may be that certain individual Burnetts found themselves in a position of dependence vis-à-vis the Chief of Clan Campbell, there is no foundation or any idea that the Burnetts generally are a sept of Clan Campbell. They are an independent name and you are Chief of that name." Q: Is Bunett a Clan, Sept or House? A: The Burnetts were never a “clan” as the term is used in Scots custom and law. The clans in Scotland were patriarchal in scope and were essentially tribal societies whose members spoke Gaelic. The majority of Burnetts were not Gaelic speakers – most of them spoke Scots and, although many of them lived in or near the Highlands, they were not Highlanders. The correct terminology for the Burnett family is “House of Burnett” as is the case with a number of great Scottish families (Bruce, Gordon and Dunbar for example). Although the term “clan” has been used to describe some Lowland families, even in the Lyon Court records, there was never a “Clan Burnett”.
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