Turnbull Clan Association

Turnbull History

Turnbull History Overview


Where are we from ?

Clan Turnbull hails from the border area between Scotland and England. The area and people were quite different from the Highlander which is the typical "Scot" portrayed by the media. A really good book about the borders and their lifestyles is "SteelBonnets" by George Macdonald Fraser. Our home of old on the Borders is called Bedrule and stretches up to Jedburgh. BUT - keep in mind Turnbulls like many Border families wandered where ever they wanted. It's not uncommon to see their name just about everywhere along the border and history trail.

How did we get our name ?

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The Ancient History of the Distinguished Surname Turnbull


The ruins of tall craggy towers and castles are still scattered along the Scottish/English border, home to this notable surname Turnbull. Their ancient history is closely woven into the rich fabric of the border chronicles.

Diligent research amongst some of the most ancient manuscripts such as the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, the Inquisitio, the Ragman Rolls, the Domsday Book, baptismals, parish records, and tax records and cartularies researchers found the first record of the name Turnbull in Roxburghshire where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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