The Clan History
The name 'Blane' may be of Celtic origin, deriving Macgilleblaan, a name listed as a witness to a land grant in the twelfth century. It is thought that this in turn derives from a follower of St Blaan or Blane, who was a celtic saint, and may relate to land deidicated to him. Records show a Patrick M'Blayneas a witness in Wigtownshire in 1484, and a Thomas M'Blayne as a clerk and notary in the diocese of Glasgow in 1618. The family became established in Ayrshire, where the name is still prominent, in 1812, when Gilbert, fourth son of Blane of Blanefield was made a baronet. His son Hugh Blane served in the Scots Guards at Waterloo three years later. The last baronet, Sir Charles Blane, was killed during the naval Battle of Jutland in1916 during the First World War.
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