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Ghosts Go Haunting
By Sorche Nic Leodhas

In these eerie accounts, Sorche Nic Leodhas presents a compilation of Gaelic ghost stories she has collected throughout her life. With tales such as those of the lads who were robbed by a dead man, the crofter who helped carry a coffin, and the mother who came back from the dead to care for her baby, Ghosts Go Haunting is sure to thrill even the firmest of nonbelievers.

Hunter History ~ The Hunterston Brooch

In the Autumn of the year 1830 two estate labourer were working on the field drains at the foot of Hawking Craigs, and came on a Brooch laying in the grass. The Brooch was acquired by Robert Hunter of Hunterston and later sold by his widow in 1891 to The Museum of Antiquities.

In 2017 on the group tour I had we visited the Museum of Scotland and many of us saw the real Hunterston Brooch.Hunterston Brooch


I have been a travel agent since 1991 and now specialize in Ancestral Tours. Having been a SCOTSagent for years, this coming 2021 I am working with Lois Wallace for a Clan Hunter Gathering Tour which happened to be scheduled for this coming September, but because of the virus we had to postpone until 2021.

In the present I am planning other group tours for 2021-2022 and in my blog will be posting Celtic Travel Adventures having to do with this study.

I have always wanted to walk in the footsteps of Dr. John Hunter to London, Sir Walter Scott to his ancestral castle Abbotsford in the Scottish Borders, and for those of you who want to follow me for a cuppa tea in the UK, I will be including favorite venues for afternoon tea.


Lairds of Hunterston

1st William Venator
2nd Norman Venator
3rd Venator
4th Jon Deo Venator
5th Ardneil Huntar
6th Norman Huntar
7th The Huntar
8th Aylmere le Huntar
9th Huntar, Son of Aylmere
10th William Huntar
11th Huntar
12th William Huntar
13th Archibald Huntar
14th John Huntar
15th Robert Huntar
16th Kentigern Mungo Huntar
17th Robert Huntar
18th Robert Huntar
19th Patrick Huntar
20th Robert Hunter
21st Patrick Hunter
22nd Patrick Hunter
23rd Robert Hunter
24th Eleonora Hunter
25th Robert Hunter
26th Jane Hunter
27th Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston
28th Eleonora Hunter
29th Neil Aylmer Hunter
30th Pauline Hunter of Hunterston

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

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