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The Surenne Family of Scotland

Updated December 28, 2008

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Surennes have been born, lived, worked and died in Edinburgh, Scotland since the late 1700's. The first I traced and recorded was Louis Surenne, born 1745 in Compiegne, Oise, Picardy, France. His son Gabriel was a celebrated teacher of French who was a founding contributor to the Museum of Scottish Antiquities at 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh. He was also a co-author of a widely-used French-English Pronouncing dictionary and other French language text-books. In addition, he was a tutor at The Scottish Military Academy which was a men's finishing school with a leaning towards the military and diplomatic skills for gentelemen who were largely employed by the East India Company.

Gabriel's son John Thomas Surenne gathered Scottish Dance music, particularly reels and strathspeys and compiled them into 5 volumes which were published. John was also an organist at more than one Edinburgh church and wrote hymns and other music. He taught at several private schools in Edinburgh.

The Surennes and their descendants include artists, teachers, opera singers, nurses, police officers, a dental surgeon, a doctor, a Minister of religion, tea plantation owners & managers, business proprietors and managers. Members of the following families have married into the Surennes: Bartleman, des Granges, Le Cointe, Macarthur, Reid, and Robertson.

In the 19th and 20th century, Surennes and their descendants lived mainly in Edinburgh, Scotland but a handful moved to England and some emigrated to Canada and Australia.

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