Napoleon & the Baynes from Balloch near Crieff, Perthshire
- Hi everyone,
Is this true ??
Monday 22 February 1999
Napoleon was one of us, says Scottish archive
By Richard Savill
THE family of Napoleon Bonaparte may have come from a tiny Scottish
community, according to new research.
Evidence that his grandfather came from Balloch, near Crieff, Perthshire,
has been uncovered by a local historian, Robert Torrens.
Napoleon: Highland blood?
Mr Torrens has now embarked on a detailed investigation to try to prove a
link between the French emperor and an 18th century labourer, William Bayne.
He believes that Napoleon's grandfather may have been a soldier.
Mr Torrens stumbled across the link in a dusty book called Crieff: Its
Traditions and Characters. He said: "The book dates from 1881 and carries a
story claiming that Napoleon was really a third generation Scot. The archive
"was highly thought of at the time and the story was vouched for by some
Mr Torrens said that, according to the book, a labourer named Bayne and his
family decided to leave Balloch shortly after the collapse of the 1745
It says: "Having had a strong leaning to the Duke of Perth and Prince
Charlie after '45, Bayne resolved to seek a home in another land. With this
intent he and his family and others set sail. A storm came on and they were
driven on to Corsica, where they were hospitably received. They were known
as Bayne or Buon and his party. In course of time his sons were called
"His grandson was named Buon-de-parte or Buonaparte and now figures in the
history of the world as the great Napoleon."
Mr Torrens said that no descendants of the Baynes were left in Balloch, so
the archive's claims were difficult to verify.
He said: "It is an intriguing story and it would be nice if it could be
marked in the village in some way."
Perthshire Tourist Board said it was keen to adopt Napoleon as part of the
area's historical attraction if the claim could be substantiated.