also known in England as Memory and Mulberry, comes from less than certain origins. But
most agree that it derives from the Barony of Mowbray in France. A Robert de Moubray is
recorded in the reign of King Malcolm IV.
Philip de Mowbray, brother of William (ancestor of the dukes
of Norfolk) acquired the baronies of Barnbogle, Dalmeny, and Inverkeithing were acquired
at the beginning of the 13th century. Sir John Mowbray of Barnbogle (d.1519) left an
heiress, whose husband, Robert Burton, was ordered by Parliament to change his name to the
'old and honourable' one of Mowbray. Their grandson, Sir Robert Mowbray, was forced to
surrender all three baronies to the Earl of Haddington in 1615, 'through debts and other
misfortunes'. Sir John had, however, given and estate of Cockairny, part of the Barony of
Inverkeithing, to his uncle, William Mowbray, in 1511, and this has remained in the family
for several centuries.
Sir Robert Moubray, K.H.