I decided to start doing a one Name study after finding my paternal lineage was associated with the Lairds of Hunterston.
The current status of the study is to find the DNA connection to the common ancestor John Huntar, 14th Laird of Hunterston. There is a FamilyTreeDNA project for our surname Hunter and I feel very certain this will be found.
My main interests in the study is to build family construction for Hunters in Scotland, England and Wales, Ireland, Canada and Australia. Variants of this surname will also be researched. In the Surname Atlas there will be many variants to be studied.
Robert Hunter 23rd Laird of Hunterston took over the Estate in December 1732 on the death of his elder brother. He married Janet Atchison. Their daughter Eleonora became 24th Laird of Hunterston.
Eleonora Hunter 24th Laird of Hunterston was born in 1764 and inherited the Estate in 1796. She married her first cousin Robert Caldwell. His mother was Margaret Hunter who married Robert Caldwell. Margaret was the daughter of the 22nd Laird of Hunterston Patrick Hunter.
Eleonora and Robert (who assumed the Hunter name) built Hunterston House in 1799. They had seven children one being Robert Caldwell 25th Laird of Hunterston.
Robert Caldwell Hunter 25th Laird of Hunterston was the last Laird to be born in Hunterston Castle. He died March 14, 1880.
On November 23, 1836 he married Christian MacKnight Crawford. They had two daughters Jane 26th Laird of Hunterston and Eleonora who married Robert William Cochran-Patrick on October 31, 1866.
Jane was born in 1837 and married Colonel Gould Read Weston. Her father Robert Hunter was the 25th Laird of Hunterston.
Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston
27th Laird of Hunterston
Aylmer is found a lot in the Hunter study.
One of the most famous is Sir Aylmer Hunter-Weston. He was born September 23, 1864 and married Grace Strang-Steel in 1905. They had no children.
Both are buried in the West Kilbride Cemetery. Aylmer died March 18, 1940 followed in 1954.
In The 1980s I first became interested in my father’s ancestors and started my research at the LDS library in Mesa, Arizona. Ever since then I have been collecting family history records for Hunters for the past forty+ years, and have numerous notebooks of Births, Marriages, Deaths, and now Obituaries, Wills, Heraldry and family trees.
My own paternal lineage goes back many generations because of three important reasons. First I had my grandparents all the way to a patriot of the Revolutionary War and proven documents to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), then after joining Clan Hunter and corresponding with Ron Bogart Clan Hunter Genealogist I was proven to be a granddaughter of the ancient Lairds of Hunterston. The third factor is thanks to the registering of my Hunter surname with the Guild of One-Name Studies in the United Kingdom.
This blog is about that study and I am writing a book about my Hunters I have collected for this project.
The study starts with a location, where certain first names are a constant repetition over and over again for generations. This is the reason in our Hunter surname you will find the first names John, James, Samuel, William, Robert and Hugh to name a few which makes our choices to be made very carefully for our own ancestors.
In my own lineage you will see how these names are repeated:
Narvard, John, James, Samuel, William, Robert, John, William, Hugh, Robert
Remember in researching the middle name might indicate the maiden name of the mother.