BURNETT, Thomas of Camphill
- Born: About 1625
- Marriage (1): Unknown
- Died: After 1696
"...A Thomas Burnett of Camphill, mentioned in the Aberdeenshire Poll Book of 1696, was at the time living in Aberdeen."
from Wikipedia 1
'In January, 1594-5, Alexander burnet resigned the barony of Leys to the Crown, and obtained a charter regranting it to himself and his heirs male, in which the tower, manor, and fortalice of Crathes arc made the principal messuage of the barony.
Considerable additions were made by this laird to the family estates. In 1605 he had a Crown charter on a conveyance by Sir Henry Lindsay alias Charteris of lands in the parishes of Lumfannan and Kincardine O'Neil, described as "Easter Camphill, Blairhead, Wester Camphill, Alehouse Croft thereof, Cormoir, Craigour, Fordye, Mill of Craigour, Milltown of Camphill, Croft in Lumfannan called Milcroft, Alehousecroft, presently occupied by Arthur Adam, and pasture of that part of the Hill of Fare formerly granted by John Charteris of Kinfauns to the late James Skene of that Ilk." Also feu-duties or annual rents of £24 Scots from these lands. The subjects, or great part of them, had been held for some time from the Charteris family by certain persons who, after this transfer, became vassals of Leys. The most considerable of these feu-holders were Alexander Burnet of Craigour and William Burnet of Camphill, grandsons of one William Burnet of Tillihaikie, who had held part of these lands from the Charteris family, under a title which had at first been a redeemable one, from the first half of the 16th century.'
from The Family of Burnett of Leys
In all probability "Burnett of Campfield" is a variation of Burnett of Camphill. As with many place names in Scotland, the documented spellings of the place name has changed over time. The index to The Family of Burnett of Leys by George Burnett list various spellings for Camphill:
"Camphill (Campbell, Camfell, Campbell)"
Campfield may have developed from one of these. In addition, very little documentation of Campfield - as in Burnett of Campfield - is available before the beginning of the 18th century, and its presence in the very same area as the places noted above suggests a connection.
Lastly, a link that is said to connect Jean Burnett of Campfield, who married Thomas Reid and was the mother of Lewis Reid minister of Strachan, to Sir Thomas Burnett of Leys as his niece, is explicable if we accept that it is Thomas Burnett of Camphill that is being referred to instead. 2 3