Month: May 2020

News Flash!

International Clan Gathering at Hunterston Castle – September 2020 -POSTPONED to 2021

See below for details from our Clan Chief, Madam Pauline Hunter of Hunterston
​Dear Clansfolk,
My thoughts are with you all in these unprecedented and difficult times, please keep yourselves safe and well especially those of you who have existing health conditions and take extra care.
Like you all, I am following our health officials and government guidelines, to stay well.
In view of the fact that we do not know when this pandemic is likely to end and because of the current uncertainty in each country and how the virus is spreading I am rescheduling the International Clan Gathering till next year for the 3rd to 5th September so that every one may come no matter which country you live in.
If you wish to be refunded please email me at the address below otherwise your payment will be rolled over till next year.
I am available to you all in these trying times so please keep in touch and can be reached through email at contact@clanhunterscotland.com and Messenger.
There will be updates posted to you all through our social media and by email and through your National Clan Hunter Associations newsletters. Even though our person to person contact is restricted we can all still keep in touch with our social media, email and newsletters.
Yours aye,
Madam Pauline
Madam Pauline Hunter of Hunterston
Praefectus Venatorus Regis,
Chief of Clan Hunter

Honoring Our Fallen Hunters

During this Memorial Day weekend I am researching our Hunters in Uniform.

JOHN MAURICE HUNTER JOHN MAURICE HUNTER, son of the Rev. Dr. John Hunter, was born in 1885. He was educated at the Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow, and at University College School, London, and came up to Balliol as a commoner in 1904. He obtained a Second Class in Modern History in 1908, played in the Tennis Six, and was Secretary and Vice-President of the Arnold Society. After taking his degree he took a post in a publishing house and did a good deal of journalistic work. In 1912 he was appointed to a Junior Examinership at the Board of Education which he held until the end of 1914, when he took a commission in the Wiltshire Regiment. He went to France in the autumn of 1915 and was made Bombing Officer of his battalion. He was killed near La Boiselle in the second day of the Somme battle in a difficult and dangerous task for which he had volunteered. Hunter was a man of wide interests, a keen athlete—a great climber and a good lawn-tennis player—with a strong interest in social problems and a considerable literary ability which was beginning to find expression in play writing. There was much more in him than came out in his academic record, as he developed late. His work after he left College showed promise that he had a career of great interest and usefulness in front of him.In the war he showed exceptional gallantry and initiative. His commanding officer wrote of him as ” one of the bravest men I have ever met.”

Military – Roll of Honour

WILLIAM BOYLE HUNTER No. 16539, 3rd s. of James Hunter, of 30. HOlburn Street, Aberdeen. Engineer, by his wife, Margaret, dau. of Robert Burr, of Tarves, co. Aberdeen; and nephew of the Rev. Dr. John Hunter, of Glasgow; b. Aberdeen, 18 Jan. 1888; educ. Ashley Road Public School, and Central Higher Grade School, Aberdeen: was employed in an Insurance Office in Bristol: enlisted in Jan. 1915; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders; was wounded in the operations at Contalmaison and High Wood 23 July. 1916, and died in No. 12 General Hospital, Rouen, 1 Aug. following. Buried in St. Severs Cemetery there. His Commanding Officer wrote: “I have very great pleasure in Informing you that your son. Sergt. W.B. Hunter, has been awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the early morning of 23 July, 1916, He was one of my best N.C.O.’s, and he is a very great loss to there regiment,” and a comrade: “He was a brave and gallant soldier, a true friend and companion, and he died like a hero for the sake of the country he loved. His men loved him and would follow him anywhere, and his officer (now killed) Medal for gallant and distinguished service in the field; unmarried.