In my travels I always buy a book or two so that when I return home I can enjoy my memories in the years to come by picking up one of my books in my library.
At my very first Clan Hunter Gathering in 2014 we stayed at a lovely B&B in Fairlie, a village near Hunterston Castle. The owner of the B&B was such a lovely lady and her brother had written a book about the Ayrshire Coastal Path and she was going to visit her brother that day and I suggested she might ask him to sign my book. He did and now I have memories of him and Ailsa who was named after Ailsa Craig she told us. Title of his book is Ayrshire Coastal Path by James A. Begg.
At the Clan Hunter Gathering I met one of our officers, Ian Hunter, and he also had written a book which he kindly signed. He even gave me a penny for luck! Ian’s book is titled Murder in Lancashire.
Another author and book I purchased was a children’s book about the castle. I love that book and Barbara Hunter was a special lady and now a Hunter friend. Her book is titled Hunterston Happenings.
William Hunter was a Marian martyr burnt to death in Brentwood, England at the age of 19 on 27 March 1555, on Ingrave Road. He had lost his job in London as a silk-weaver because he refused to attend the Catholic mass, despite an order that everyone in the City of London had to attend, and had come to live with his parents in Brentwood, but got into a dispute when discovered reading the Bible for himself in Brentwood Chapel. He refused to accept the Catholic dogma of transubstantiation according to which the bread and wine of the communion become the body and blood of Jesus.
The site is now Brentwood School, which was founded by Antony Browne in 1558, under a grant from Queen Mary. The Martyr’s Elm was grown on the spot of Hunter’s incineration.
The site is marked by a plaque with the inscription
WILLIAM HUNTER. MARTYR. Committed to the Flames
March 26th MDLV.
privilege of an open Bible. And be careful to maintain it.
- General Robert Hunter Notable Hunters
General Robert Hunter, Governor of New York and New Jersey, Governor of Jamaica, born in Edinburgh, October 1666.
He was a poet, playwright and amateur scientist.
In 1707 he married Elizabeth Orby (descendant of Edward III), and was a wealthy heiress. Through her he inherited estates at Croyland Abbey, Lincolnshire, and at Chertsey, Surrey. His family took the name “Orby Hunter”.
Their daughter Catherine Orby Hunter “Kitty” is one of my favorite Aunts to research.
In another blog I will write more about Kitty and her affair with the 10th Earl of Pembroke and their son, Augustus Reebkomp. Henry Herbert, 10th Earl of Pembroke was also a descendant of Edward III.
Edward III (died 1377). The most recent English monarch that I descend from.
What does it mean to be Scottish? Most of us know little about our ancestors and the way they lived. And, know little about the life of a person belonging to a Scottish Clan. Being a member of Clan Hunter means strong ties to family, allegiance, being known by our deeds, and for Hunters, cursum perficio, staying the course.
In 2014 I joined Clan Hunter USA and my knowledge started at that time learning about my ancestors. In my research I found that my ancestral grandfathers were the Lairds of Hunterston Castle. My paternal line of the Hunter Lairds starts with the 1st Laird up to the 20th when the Hunters left Scotland and their roots and emigrated to Northern Ireland. My immigrant grandfather, William Hunter, left Ireland and lived and died in Augusta County, Virginia, United States.
In 2014 not only did I learn about history of my own heritage, but also that of Scotland. As a Clan Hunter member we attended the Event of Bannock Burn Live.
Our Royal Descents include Robert ‘the Bruce’ I, King of Scotland.
In 2017 I being a travel agent had two group tours to Scotland and there were Hunters in my group who were mainly from the USA. Some of them this was their first trip to a Clan Hunter Gathering and I feel they will remember that trip for years to come.
All roads lead to family…..
This is my fifth post in the Guild of One-Name Studies (GOONS) blog challenge 2020. The challenge is to post 10 blogs in the first 12 weeks of the year.
Sir James Hunter later Hunter Blair of Dunskey. He married Jean Blair daughter of John Blair of Dunskey and they had nine children. When Jean’s father died she inherited and James became the 1st Bt. (GB) of Dunskey. Thus, Hunter became Hunter Blair.
Sir David Hunter Blair of Blairquhan, 3rd Bt. (GB) was their second child of James and Jean. He was born 3 Oct 1778; Col Ayrshire Militia, Convenor and V-Lt Ayrshire; matric at LO as of Blairquhan 1827; m 2st 2 July 1813 Dorothea (d 22 May 1820), 2nd dau of Edward Hay MacKenzie of Newhall and Cromartie, and had:
1) James; b 22 March 1817; MP Ayrshire 1852-54, Lt.-Col Scots Fus Gds; ka Inkerman 5 Nov 1854
2) Edward (Sir), 4th Bt
Sir David m 2nd 15 Jan 1825 Elizabeth (d 3 Aug 1859), 3rd dau of Sir John Hay of Hayston, Bt, by Mary Elizabeth, 2nd dau of 17th Lord Forbes (qv), and by her had, with other issue
1) John; b 18 Oct 1825; m 22 April 1852 Emily Williams (d 9 Dec 1897), yst dau of Edward Grant, and d 27 March 1885.
2) David; b 22 Jan 1827; Lt-Col Scots Fus Gds; d Rome 31 March 1869
Sir David died 26 Dec 1857.
 Burke’s Peerage & Baronetage
 College of Arms
One of my favorite places to search online is burkespeerage.com. Today I found 1541 results for our surname HUNTER.
1) Burke’s Peerage 107th Edition, page 2135
2) Burke’s Peerage 107th Edition, page 2138
Hunters of Co.Ayrshire, Scotland
Hunters of Londonderry, Ireland
Hunters of Virginia, United States of America
Hunters of West Virginia, United States of America