The name Birse is derived from Birse in
Aberdeenshire. Investigations of the surname Birse or a variant show that it appears
in Scottish documents from the 15th century when Duncan de Byrss, burgess of Aberdeen is
recorded in 1462 and in 1469 as Duncan of Birss. Later references include Margaret
Birse who was married in Edinburgh in 1597, Samuel Birss, writer to the signet in
Edinburgh, was heir to Alexander Birss, tailor burgess of Edinburgh in 1611. James
Birse in Keillsyd was witness in Aberdeen in 1688, and Robert Birss was shipmaster at
Montrose in 1762. John Birss in Dykehead of Borrowstoun is in record in 1723, and another
John Birse, farmer at Bottomend, Aboyne, died in 1866.
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