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Clan Hunter Timeline

Follow the Clan Hunter Timeline through the ages.

Timeline

0082

Norman knight

80 AD

The Roman general Agricola marches his army into Scotland and subdues the Caledonian tribes.

0700

hunterston brooch

700

The Hunterston Brooch is crafted in the ancient kingdom of Dalriada.

0802

History drawing

802

The sacred isle of Iona is burned by the Vikings.

0911

Viking Boat

911

Ancestors of the Hunters were Norsemen who invaded Normandy under Rollo (later Duke of Normandy) and became Normans.

1066

Old Coin Image

1066

William I “the Conqueror” invades England. He takes hostage four Scottish princes. One of these, David grew up in the Norman Court and became King David I of Scotland.

1116

1st Laird Norman

1116

Norman Venator is mentioned in an Inquisition held by David, then Prince of the Cumbrians.

1124

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1124

The Hunters were among Norman nobles who came to Scotland by invitation of David I they received a Royal appointment to hunt for the King of Scotland.

1136

1136

Glasgow Cathedral is consecrated by King David I. It is the oldest building in Glasgow.

1153

1153

The 2nd laird, Norman I received a grant of land from King Malcolm IV of Scotland.

1214

1214

The 3rd laird, Venator (The Hunter) is named in charters during the reign of King Alexander II of Scotland.

1233

1233

The 4th laird, John Deo Venator witnessed a deed in Glasgow Church records.

1260

1260

The 8th laird, Aylmer le Huntar del Counte de Are (Ayr) of the county of Ayr appears on the Ragman Rolls submitting to Edward I of England at Berwick.

1263

1263

The 5th laird, Ardneil Huntar fought for King Alexander III of Scotland at the Battle of Largs, 6 miles from Hunterston. Scotland won this last battle against the Vikings on the British mainland.

1295

1295

The 7th laird would have been alive during the First Interregnum when Edward I of England “the Hammer of the Scots” makes John Balliol King of Scotland.

1314

Clan Hunter Trainer

1314

The 9th laird fought alongside King Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Scottish Independence against the English invaders whose defeat at Bannockburn is celebrated to this day.

1328

Hunters at Edinbuirgh Castle

1328

Treaty of Edinburgh recognised Scotland’s Independence ending 30 years of Wars of Independence.

1374

Hunterston Castle With Daffodils

1374

A grant of land is given to William Hunter 10th laird. The original Charter document remains at Hunterston to this day.

1412

Young People Learning at Hunterston Castle

1412

Foundation of the University of St Andrews

1454

Silver Penny Tails

1454

12th laird, William Huntar died while his son was a minor. His brother John, Hereditary Forrester became his guardian.

1462

Silver Penny Heads

1462

13th laird, Archibald Huntar is recorded on the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland as having paid rent to the Crown confirming his position as Hereditary Keeper of the Royal Forests.

1468

1468

The islands of Orkney and Shetland are ceded to Scotland from Norway.

1513

Clan Hunter History

1513

The 14th laird, John Hunter, is killed Battle of Flodden Field alongside King James IV. The 15th Laird, Robert Huntar of Huntarstoune was a minor when his father fell.

1542

Clan Hunter History

1542

Mary Queen of Scots is born and is crowned at Stirling Castle the following year.

1547

Clan Hunter History

1547

Mungo Hunter, the 16th laird is killed at Battle of Pinkie. Mungo added the external stairs and the Great Hall to Hunterston Castle.

1568

Robert the Bruce

1568

The 17th laird, Robert Hunter of Hunterstoune inherits as a minor. Later, he too fought beside Queen Mary at the Battle of Langside. He was a supporter of the Reformed Religion (Protestantism).

1587

Clan Hunter History

1587

Mary, Queen of Scots is beheaded by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England.

1605

Clan Hunter History 21st Laird

1605

Guy Fawkes is arrested during an attempt to blow up the English Parliament. As Lady Hunterston, Jean and her husband Patrick became co-heirs of Hunterston. Patrick is listed as the 19th laird but the inheritance came through his wife and her mother, both named Jean.

1606

1606

The Union Flag is adopted for England, Scotland and Wales.

1611

Clan Hunter History

1611

Robert Huntar (III) the 18th laird had no children. The lairdship was passed through his sister Jean to her children in 1611. Diverting the inheritance through the female line explains the remarkable way the Hunters of Hunterston have maintained their unbroken history in Scotland.

1627

Clan Hunter History

1627

Robert, the 20th laird enters Glasgow University. Robert served in the Ayrshire Yeomanry and died in 1679.

1692

1692

Massacre of Glencoe.

1698

1698

As the 21st laird Patrick (II) had his title to the land ratified by King William II on 27th June 1698.

1698

1698

The Bank of Scotland is founded by an Act of the Scottish Parliament and the Darien expedition to Panama fails inflicting damage to the Scottish economy. Patrick, the 22nd laird married Marion Crawford and they had ten children.

1707

1707

The Act of Union unites the English and Scottish Parliaments.

1732

1732

The 23rd laird, Robert Hunter married Janet Aitchison of Glasgow. Their two sons died young and two of their daughters were unmarried. Their third daughter, Eleonora succeeded her father on his death in 1796.

1746

1746

The Battle of Culloden ends the Jacobite rising.

1796

28th-Laird-Eleanora-Hunter

1796

Eleanora Helen Hunter became the 24th laird. Helen married her cousin Robert Caldwell a mariner and shipowner who assumed the surname of Hunter. They constructed Hunterston House and expanded the farmland by draining marshland around Hunterston Castle.

1796

Clan Hunter History

1796

Robert Burns dies.

1799

Clan Hunter History

1799

The 25th laird, Robert was the last laird to be born in the Castle. He obtained a Royal Charter for the lands at Hunterston in 1829 and had two daughters, Jane and Eleanora.

1850

Clan Hunter History

1850

Highland clearances drive people off the land to make way for sheep which sparks a Scottish diaspora.

1863

Clan Hunter History

1863

Jane married Gould Read Weston a career officer in the British Indian Army. In 1880 she obtained a Royal licence from Queen Victoria to assume the name and Arms of Hunter-Weston. They had two sons, Aylmer and Reginald.

1876

1876

Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone.

1905

Clan Hunter History - General Sir Aylmer Hunter Weston

1905

The 27th laird, Lieutenant General Sir Aylmer Hunter-Weston, KCB, DSO, JP, DL, Member of Parliament to North Ayrshire married Grace Strang Steel of Philiphaugh, Selkirk in 1905. However, they had no children. Aylmer died in 1940 and Grace in 1954.

1934

Hunters at Edinbuirgh Castle

1934

The Scottish National Party is founded.

1954

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1954

In February 1954, Eleanora Agnes Cochran-Patrick (Aunt Nora) matriculated Arms as the 28th laird. Hunterston passed across to the descendants of Jane Hunter’s sister.

1968

General_view,_Pass_of_Brander

1968

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland permits the ordination of women as ministers.

1968

29th-Laird-Nei-Hunter-2

1968

Neil Hunter the 29th laird continued the conflict against the incursion of further industrialisation at Hunterston. Neil married Sonia Furlong of Gloucestershire in England and they had seven children, one daughter and six sons.

1983

Clan Hunter Crest

1983

Clan Hunter is formed.

1995

Madam Pauline Hunter 30th Clan Chief

1995

Madam Pauline Natalie Hunter became the 30th Chief of Clan Hunter she has been most active in the promotion of Clan Hunter worldwide. She is our fifth female Clan Chief.

The Clan Timeline continues to this day and will continue for generations to come with the careful stewarding of our current and future Clan Chiefs.

You can learn even more about the origins of the Clan Hunter on our Clan History page,  or Wikipedia page.

DIRECTIONS

You will find us off the A78 just north of West Kilbride. Look for our driveway marked by stone pillars and "Hunterston Estate" 

ADDRESS

Hunterston KA23 9QG
Telephone: 07980 209060
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OPENING TIMES AND ACCESS

Acccess to Hunterston Castle is strictly by appointment. Note that as a historic monument, wheel chair access is limited. More visitor information is available on our visitors page .  Please email us to arrange a visit.