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Corbet Surname

Corbett is a surname that originated in England, derived from the Norman French word Corbeau which was from Corvus as in Marcus Veralius Corvus from whom Hugh Corbeau claimed descendency. [1]

Corbetts took the name from Shropshire to Scotland in the 12th century and the name became common there. The name is recognised as a sept of Clan Ross. The first Corbet in Scotland came from Shropshire, and settled in Teviotdale under Earl David in the first quarter of th e 12th century. He is said to have obtained the manor of Foghou which he held as a vassal under the Earls of Dunbar. Robert Corbet appeared in Scotland in about 1116 as one of the retinue of Earl David, who later became King David I. The authoress, Augusta Corbet, who wrote The Family of Corbet ? Its Life and Times, says that Robert was the son of Roger and grandson of Hugh. It is said he belonged to the family which held Drayton in Northamptonshire. [1]

The first Corbet in England came from Normandy, France in 1066 his sons were granted Marcher Lordships, one known as Caus, near the Welsh Marches in Shropshire under Roger de Montgomery the first Earl of Shrewsbury. [1]

Robert Corbet was a witness in the instrument or Inquisition made by David, Prince of Cumberland, into the lands belonging to the old Church of Glasgow, and is also a witness in other deeds of David when he was king of Scotland (1124?53). The Cumberland or Cumbria of those days extended to the Clyde, and included Glasgow, which David incorporated into Scotland. David appears to have allotted lands in Roxburghshire to Robert Corbet, where his descendants were "great lords of several generations". For many centuries the Corbets held lands in the Scottish Borders and often had divided loyalties between the thrones of Scotland and England, a political necessity in the troubled Border country. [1]

By the late 13th century, the Corbets owned land in the Castle Douglas/ Dalbeattie areas in addition to their traditional tenures. A century later, Constantine Corbet owned lands in Fife and a Walter Corbet owned lands around Lochmaben. By the late 16th century, Corbets owned lands in Clydesdale , with Symont Corbet's will showing land held near Hamilton (1574).[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 From RootsWeb's WorldConnect - SmartCopy: Jan 6 2017. *http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jweber&id=I10931

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I would like to join the project. I am a Corbett/Corbitt by birth. My line follows: Corbett/Corbitt, Roan/Rowan, Browning, Hill, Herndon, Williams, Stokes just to name a few. I was placed for adoption and utilized DNA to find my biological line.
I don't know for sure, however, if Christian Corbett's grandfather was James Corbitt who supposedly came from Ireland. Christian Corbett was born 11 Jan 1789 in Orangeburg, SC and died in 1864 in Sprinfield, Orangeburg, SC. Her parents are supposedly John Corbett (1750-1821) and Ann Elizabeth Cooper (175201821), both living in SC. I would love to figure this out. Can someone help, please?
posted by Cheyenne Williams

I will look in the South Caroline historical books in our Genealogy section this week and see if I can provide you any guidance. I will photo copy what I find for references/sources. Respectfully, Joel

I am from the Corbett line as well (Christian Corbett, married to Joseph Fanning) - it looks like my Corbett/Corbet lie goes back to the one mentioned in the article above. Has anyone found a connection to the Viking Rollo? I traced one of my direct Corbett lines back to a marriage with an Erdington who was a descendant of Rollo through Erdington-De Somery- De Abeney - De Kevelioc- Gloucester- Henry King of England I - William the Conqueror. The other Corbett line goes to Rollo via theBotelier/Butler line. Rollo would be my 32nd great grandfather.

I also read that he first Corbet came from France to England with William the Conqueror? I noticed that the emblem of Corbett is the raven which is also Rollo's.

posted by Cheyenne Williams