I have just started a DNA project at FamilyTreeDNA for the Burness family (www.familytreedna.com/public/burness
). The main goals are to help verify that all Scottish Burness families are descended from a common ancestor, to determine if other Burness families from England, etc. are connected to the Scottish family, and to help link various branches of the Burness family. I would encourage any Burness male to join the project by taking the Y-DNA37 test. Females cannot take a Y-DNA test, so should get a male relative to do so.