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This famous Scottish locational name derives from the Barony of Dunbar in the county of Berwick. The surname, it is claimed, descends from Earl Gospatric of Northumberland C. 1070, whose grandfather was the lay abbot of Dunkeld, although quite what this has to do with the surname development is unclear. Our research indicates that the surname in its recognizable form was not apparently recorded until the 13th century, see below, although thereafter the Dunbar nameholders played an important role in Scottish and the Border history. At various times from the 14th century they held considerable estates in Wigtownshire, where they were prominent amongst the Border clans that caused mayhem throughout Northern England, and the more gentile parts of Scotland...

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My father told me many years ago that the Dunbar name originated in Scotland, but his line was forced to 'swim for Ireland' during the Clan wars.

Rosezina Banks

my mum's maiden name was Dunbar, she was from Liverpool, England. Her 2x great grandfather Alexander Dunbar was born in Belfast aby 1840 and he married a Margaret Dunbar. Margaret's father was Charles Dunbar born abt 1821 in Ireland, no baptism found so not sure which part of Ireland he is from. It's possible Alexander and Margert were cousins All the Dunbar's in my mum's family were devout Roman Catholics. We have no knowledge of how and when they came to Ireland. They are a bit of a mystery.

Judith Rowley

I am interested in any information about the origins of Laurence Dunbar who married Mary Clark(e) in Balbriggan (Balrothery Parish) in Dublin, Ireland in 1825.


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