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When  'Mac' (son)  occurs in Scottish surnames it usually  signifies a Gaelic origin. This name in Gaelic is Mac a' Bhriuthainn, meaning ' son of the Judge.' This name is of Scottish descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a Eugenius MacBrehin who appears in record as a student of St. Andrews in 1525 and Anna MacBreynr in Gortenagor  appears in the year 1672. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. Other examples of this name were found in the persons of Duncan and Archibald MacBrayan  who were both noted 'rebels' in Argyllshire in the year 1685.



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