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Scottish Origin

In ancient Scotland, Turnbull was first used as a surname by the people of the Boernician tribe. It was a name for a particular member of the Rule family, who saved the life of King Robert the Bruce at Stirling Park from a charging bull by turning the bull's head. The grateful King decreed that in commemoration of the brave act the new name of the family would be Turnbull, and granted them an area of land then known as Bedrule.

English Origin

First found 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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