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A name of local origin, from Purveshaugh, in Berwickshire, curtailed to Purves. This name is of Scottish descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a William Purveys of Mospennoc, who made a grant to the monks of Melrose in 1214 and Alan Purvays witnessed a confirmation charter by Patrick, Earl of March, in the year 1318.  Names were recorded in these ancient manuscripts to make it easier for the overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time.When the overlords acquired lands by either force or as gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. Other examples of this name were found in the person of a Thomas Purves, who had a charter from Robert, Duke of Albany, in 1427 and Andrew Purves, was a juror on an inquest on the lands of Tulloch, recorded in the year 1438.



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