THE HEPBURN FAMILY FROM SCOTLAND TO AUSTRALIA 1220-2007 Updated May 19, 2008
About Our Family Research
My challenge has been to chronicle the Hepburn family from origins in Scotland in the early thirteenth century to the twenty - first century in Australia spanning over 750 years.
My research brings together the works of various authors, and family genealogists in an endeavour to complete the direct links from Sir Robert de Hepburn at Hailes, East Lothian in Scotland in 1220 down more than 20 generations to my Hepburn family in Victoria Australia.
Along the way I explore the connections to James Hepburn the Fourth Earl of Bothwell who was notorious in Scottish History as the third husband of Mary Queenn of Scots. Many Hepburn families claim links to Bothwell. My research detail may let some Hepburn family members prove their personal links to Bothwell.
This research encompasses reference to many of the great branches of the Hepburn family with particular reference to the following family groups: Northumberland Hailes Waughton Stewart-Hepburns Whitsome Foord Humbie Prestonkirk Athelstaneford Smeaton Inveresk Gilmerton Monkrig Fowlis Wester Southern England London Jamaica Tasmania Australia Smeaton Victoria Australia Traralgon Victoria Australia
In addition along the way the research links the following other families to the broad Hepburn family: The Royal House of Scotland The family of Rob Roy MacGregor The Koromantic Nation of the Gold Coast of Africa The Dodd Family of Cheshire England and Australia The Marendaz Family of Switzerland and Australia
I would be happy to receive new information or corrections regarding any of my research. I trust that those interested may gain as much satisfaction from the detail as I do.
I AM PARTICULARLY KEEN TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH OTHER RESEARCHERS WHO ARE CHASING LINKS AND ATTEMPTING TO PROVE RECORDS BEFORE THE 1700's. I WELCOME COMMENTS AND CORRECTIONS.
Descendants - Rev William Hepburn of Fowlis Wester (142 KB) This tree contains the PROVEN descendants of the Rev William Hepburn of Fowlis Wester, Perthshire, Scotland and his wife Issobell Lesells. Relatives moved from Scotland to Jamaica to Tasmania and Victoria in Australia and even onto New Zealand.
Descendants of Sir Robert de Hyburne, Scotland (490 KB) A comprehensive descendant chart of the Hepburn Family from Sir Robert de Hyburne in Scotland in the mid 1200's down to the present day in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. I have presumed to link the Rev William Hepburn of Fowlis Wester into the line of Hepburn's of Waughton, Athelstaneford and Inveresk. This is only a calculated PRESUMPTION. I WOULD LOVE SOMEONE TO PROVE ME WRONG and unearth another missing link.
Captain Robert William Hepburn of Tasmania (42 KB) Older Photo of Captain Robert Hepburn sourced from Lois Nyman's book The East Coasters. Some say the photo is not of Hepburn but I feel sure Nyman would have done her homework before publishing.
Lillias Hepburn and the Partington Family (93 KB) A group family shot of Lillias nee Hepburn, daughter of Captain Robert Hepburn surrounded by her Partington family. Her features are clearly dark reflecting her Jamaican slave girl grandmother.