Paul J. Burns
Shaun E. O'Byrne
The fourth volume of the Byrnes and the O’Byrnes is in the main part dedicated to famous people of the surname and its variants, and opens with a discussion on the family origins of Scotland’s most famous national poet, Robert Burns. Were the poet’s family origins with the Clan Campbell or with a branch of the O’Byrnes of Leinster? The legends on both sides are discussed, and the reader will have to make their own decision in the light of current evidence.
Special thanks to all who contributed but particularly to Nicholas Dunne-Lynch for his article on the life and career of the famous ‘Miles Byrne – Soldier of Misfortune’ which contains new, previously unpublished information about Miles. A great depth of gratitude also to Paul J. Burns, who has led the cutting edge Byrne/Burns DNA Project. In a sense this series began back in 2001 with his Clan O’Byrne of Leinster AD 400–1700 and so much has grown from that; and now, because of Paul’s endeavours, we are able to talk about the Byrnes and Burns of Ireland and Scotland, and the many separate lineages they represent. Also to Shaun O’Byrne for his contributions.
Also, last but not least, to Kevin Byrne of Colonsay for his dedication in editing and publishing these volumes.
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