There is alot of infoin my dad's book before Jon de PurVaince, but I do not know what his source was. I will ask my mom. He story starts in the 13th century Scottish Highlands now known as Shire or County of Perth. Also referred to as the Lands of Provan. From here originated such family names as Provan, Provand, Proven Provine, etc. Provan was the vernacular for Prebenda, a surname around Glasglow and also a surname long associated with Strathblane and Killearne...During this period, we find that Richard de Prebenda was clerk to William the Lion. In 1228, Robert de Prebenda was elected Dean of Dunkeld. Adan de Prebenda was appointed clerk to Alexander II in 1263. The Prebendas were Pursuivants(followers & attendants to the Kings) either as churchmen or as freemen. Around this time Presuivants to the King would hane recieved the assignment as Purveyor--an officer of the court who would have provided purveyance-- supplies & services required by the crown. And, with the increasing use of names for identification, this became the basis for the surname with which our particular branch of the family is now identified. As the family grew, members of this group began to migrate to other areas of Scotland, & we can find records over several centuries, as: Robert de Prebenda,Bishop of Dunblane 1258-82 John de Prebenda,Burgess of Glasglow, 1428 Stephan Provand, Dunbretaine 1489 William Provant, Achlock 1551 Alexander Provand, Glasglow 1552 Sir Robert Provane, Vicar of Strathblane 1549 Jihn Provan, Burgess of Edinburgh 1723 Thomas Purviance, Glasglow 1505 Johnne Purviance, Edinburg 1587 Alexander & George Purviance, Court of Ayr,1604 Alexander Purviance, Notary in Ayr 1623 Isabel Purviance, arrested as a prostestant. Edinburgh 1642 John Purviance, Married Marie Bell, 1649 Ayr Jean Purviance, died 4-24-1670, she was relect of Archibald Anderson. Helen Purveyance, a vintner in Ayr, 1678, arrested for attending a communion Hew Purviance, of Strathhaven, Avendale Parish, was executed after Battle of Bothwell Bridge, 1683, for refusing to swear allegiance to the King. Ancestors of all those to be shown in my father's book, left Scotland no later than 1613. He was never able to locate any present day relatives. Our Jon de PurVaiance, settled in Royan, France, between 1600-10 to further the family's business interests and was required to leave following the Edict of Nantes in 10, 1685.