First settled in Berwickshire, the Milnes moved further north, to Aberdeenshire, in the early fourteenth century.
It was here that they and their namesakes the Mylnes became established and, as kinsfolk of Clan Gordon, often found themselves on the field of battle - but it was as masons and architects that they earned enduring fame, while others have distinguished themselves through a range of other pursuits.
In the creative world of literature, Alan Alexander Milne, born in 1882 in Kilburn, London was the author best known as A.A. Milne, creator of the Winnie-the-Pooh books and numerous children’s poems.
In the sciences, John Milne was the British geologist who invented the seismograph.
Used to detect and measure the strength of earthquakes, the device was invented by Milne in 1880 after a number of years carrying out earthquake research in Japan.
The proud and colourful tale of the Milnes is recounted here.