Broughs of Ireland
There are number of Brough-related individuals who trace their ancestry back to different Brough families of Ireland. Three documented family lines are listed below:
John Brough of County Carlow, Ireland (b.abt.1741) and his Canadian descendants-which includes his grandson Charles Crosbie Brough (1794-1873)
John Broe of Dublin, Ireland (b.abt.1795) and his Australian and New Zealand "Brough" descendants.
John Brough of Dublin, Ireland (b.abt.1800), and his American descendants--which includes his great-grandson Charles Edward Brough (1889-1960) of Vermont.
Burghs or Burkes of Ireland
The Broughs of Great Britain may be related to the de Burghs or Burke family clan of Ireland. In 1949, Catharine Ann Brough Hind visited the College of Arms in London for confirmation of the Brough swans "Shield" and "Coat of Arms" shown in Staffordshire pedigrees and records. The Herald to whom she spoke said that no formal permission was needed for her family to use the Brough arms provided the family possessed genealogical confirmation of who they were. Interestingly, it was the Herald's belief that the Brough "swans" coat of arms were granted for service in wars in Ireland, in which their close blood kinsman, Lord Walter de Burgh and his sons, were leading noblemen and administrators whose descendants now make up the widespread de Burgh/Burke family clan of Ireland. For more information on Lord Walter de Burgh, see the Wikipedia entry for "Walter de Burgh, 1st Earl of Ulster". And for the de Burgh ancestry and descendants of Ireland see: www.geneajourney.com/burgh.html.
In addition, the Coat of Arms of at least one of the "Brough" family of "Ireland" is listed in the book The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, by Sir Bernard Burke, which was first published in London in 1842 and later in 1884 (page 180). Burke describes this "Brough" family of "Ireland" as having arms that consisted of: "Or, a cross gu", which interpreted means a gold ("Or") tincture or field on a shield that contains a cross (possibly in the style of a High Cross of Ireland) which is red ("gu") in color.