Blog post by Dr Jade Scott, Project Assistant, William Hunter’s Library: A Transcription of the Early Catalogues. When we think of Plague, we tend to imagine the Black Death of the fourteenth-century, which had such catastrophic effects on the population of Europe. Yet plague recurred episodically in Europe until the 19th century, periodically erupting into […]
In papers relating to the Kings Inquisition, a Court of Law held in the King’s presence in 1116 we find mention of Willielmo Venator, William the Hunter, the first Laird, Royal Huntsman to the Kings and Queens of Scotland. There is a family legend that says the Lady of the first Laird had the honour of serving Queen Matilda as lady-in-waiting.
William the Hunter soon put his expertise to good use in the wild forests and fens of Hunterston, then rich in wildlife, which surrounded the site of the timber fortress. This became Hunter’s Toun, a village and port on the peninsula where Hunterston has always been. As recognition of his family’s skills, the title of Praefectus Venatorus Regis – Royal Huntsman, became a hereditary appointment.
The first Hunters arrived at Ayrshire in the opening years of the 12th century, having come over from Normandy about four years after the Norman Conquest. Experts in hunting and fieldcraft with generations of experience in the forests of their land of origin, these Norman lords were invited to Scotland by King David I who was himself brought up in the Norman court in London.
Clan Hunter Chief for twenty-three years today.
I have had the privilege of knowing her since 2014.
If you are a Hunter or a variant of this surname you should meet your Clan Hunter Chief.