Royal Huntsmen

A family known as Venator served as huntsmen to the Dukes of Normandy, in France, and following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 they settled in England.

A Willieme le Venator, or William the Hunter, had by 1116 built a timber stronghold on the land that would later take the name of Hunterston, or ‘Huntarstoun’, in Ayrshire, and by the middle of the hirteenth century this land been replaced with a much stronger structure built from stone.

From that time the Hunters were named Royal Huntsmen to the Royal Court.

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