Month: May 2020

Gould Reas Hunter-Weston

The late lieutenant Colonel Gould Reas Hunter-Weston of Hunterston. F.S.A., D.I., J.P. CO. Ayr. Knight of Justice and Hon. Commander Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England.  Born 1823, being the son of James Willis Weston, Gentleman (of the family of Weston of Weston Lyzard and Hagley Hall, co. Stafford), by his wife Anne, second dau. of the late John Crouch [of the family of Crouch of Corneybury co. Herts), of Weymouth, co. Dorseyt; served on Political and Staff Employ, Capture of Durriabad Forts 1850, Outbread of Indian Mutiny, May and June 1857, Defence of Lucknow Residency 1857 (Brevet Majority), Alumbagh Capture of Lucknow 1858 [mentioned in despatches and in the “London Gazette”; medal, clasps, and one years extra service]; and assumed by Royal License , in the year 1880, the additional name and arms of Hunter, under the deed of entail conveying the estate of Hunterston.

Livery – Dark blue or Oxford mixture trimmed with yellow lace, on which eagles displayed sable and hunting-horns are alternately woven; yellow and black waistcoat, black breeches.

Armorial bearings – He bears for Arms [exclusive of other quarterings]: Quarterly 1 and 4, or an eagle displayed regardant sable, charged on the breast with a crescent of the first, in chief two crescents of the second (for Weston); 2 and 3 or, three hunting-horns vert, stringed gules, and for distinction a cross crosslet of the last (for Hunter); and upon an escutcheon of pretence, in right of his wife, the arms of Hunter, namely or, three hunting-horns vert, sringed gules. Upon the escutcheon is placed a helmet befitting his degree, with a mantling sable and or; and for his Crests, I. upon a wreath of the colours, aneagle rising regardant sable, charged on the breast and on each wing with a crescent or (for Weston); 2. upon a wreath of the colours, a greyhound sejant proper, gorged with an antique crown or, and charged upon the shoulder for distinction with cross crosslet gules (for Hunter)[these distinctions not to be borne by his descendants]; with the Mottoes, “Aquila non capit muscas,””Cursum perficio.” And further, for his wife, upon a lozenge, as heir of line and head of that family, the arms of Hunter of Hunterston repeated, namely, or, three hunting-horns vert, stringed gules, the lozenge having as Supporters, on either side of it a greyhound proper, gorged with an antique crown or.

He married Jane Hunter, Lady of Justice of the Order of Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England, daughter and heir of the late Robert Hunter of Hunterston, of the county of Ayr.


Richard Hubbard Hunter, Esq.

J.P. of Glentyan, co. Renfrew.  Born, being the second son of William Hunter, Merchant in Glasgow, who resided in parish of Cathcart, co. Lanark.

Armorial bearings – Per fesse vert and gules, in chief two hunting-horns or, garnished gules, stringed gold, in base the sun in his splendour, all within a bordure of the last.  Mantling vert, doubled or.

Crest – On a wreath of his liveries, a falcon rising proper; and in an escross over the same this Motto, – “Semper sublime.”

Married, 1875, Maron, second dau. of James Tod, Esq., J.P. for Midlothian, of Esbank House, Dalkeith; and has Issue.  Residence –  Glentyan, Kilbarchan, Renfewshire.

James Ewing Hunter

M.B., CM.  Born Oct. 2, 1862, being the only son of David Hunter of Cathcart, Lanark, by his wife Jane Jardine, dau. of Peter Ewing.

Armorial bearings – Per fesse invected vert and gules, stringed gold, in base the sun in his splendour of the third.  Mantling vert doubled or.

Crest – On a wreath of his liveries, a falcon rising proper.

Motto– “Swift and sure”

Postal address – Duncairn, Helensburgh, co. Dumbarton

The Great Wagon Road (1731 to 1800)

In our Hunter study with many other surnames, we follow our earliest immigrant ancestors who used trails and routes extensively to travel and trade throughout the area starting with our Pennsylvania ancestors and settling in North Carolina.

My own personal ancestors surnames are as follows:


How Large is Our Study?

This study as I have posted before is a global study, but mainly the UK. Scotland is where my own ancestors come from so you will see often posts about the counties I study and mainly Ayrshire and the surrounding counties.

Just to show how large of a study we have in research on American Ancestors we have the following number of Hunters found:

Census, Tax and Voter Lists (1318176)
Vital Records (incl. Bible, Cemetery, Church and SSDI)(752689)
Journals and Periodicals (8355)
Military Records (4779)
Court, Land and Probate Records (2551)
Genealogies, Biographies, Heraldry, and Local Histories (1929)
1) Massachusetts: Grand Lodge of Masons Membership Cards,
1733-1990 (655)
2) Dutchess County, NY: The Settlers of the Beekman Patent (364)
3) Missouri: Opening the Ozarks: First Families of Southwest
Missouri, 1835-1839 (195)
Immigration Records (292)
Great Migration Study Project (86)