Old Scottish

The frequency with which the surname Hunter in Scotland appears in Scottish historical records to determine the following rank are Census (1841-1911), Old Parish Registers 1538-1854, Statutory Registration of births, deaths and Catholic parish records (1703-1992), Valuation rolls (1855-1925) and Scottish wills and testaments (1513-1925). This record set currently includes 8597 surnames.

Hunter is ranked 47

The three counties in Scotland with the highest per-capita incidence of the surname in 1841.

1) Clackmannanshire (3945.82)
2) Shetland (1391.27)
3) Bute (1037.6)

Hunters of Hunterston

50a73329-1fea-408a-a9db-aa8db73ac993     The seat of the chief of Clan Hunter has been at Hunterston Castle for over 800 years.

Origins of the clan

A traditional ancestor of the Hunters was with Rollo, a Viking, at the sack of Paris in 896.  He was appointed as a huntsman to one of Rollo’s descendants.  The Hunters later followed Matilda, queen of William the Conqueror, to England and as a result their  name is not included amongst those who accompanied William.

It is likely that the Hunters came to Scotland with David II of Scotland upon his invitation and were given lands named Hunter’s Toune.

In 1296 Aylmer le Hunter of the county of Ayr appears on the Ragman Rolls submitting to Edward I of England.

A charter signed by Robert II of Scotland on 2 May 1374 has survived that confirmed a grant of land to William Hunter for his faithful service rendered and to be rendered to us in return for a silver penny payable to the Sovereign at Hunterston on the Feast of Pentecost.  To this day the Laird of Hunterston, chief of Clan Hunter keeps silver pennies, minted in the reigns of Robert II and George V in case of a royal visit on the day appointed for payment of his rent.  The William Hunter who received this charter is reckoned to have been the tenth Hunter of Hunterston.  In earlier records both William Hunter and Norman Hunter appear using the Latin form of the name, Venator.

Clan Hunter Cemeteries

In my study for Hunters in Canada the following list of cemeteries and headstones
will be studied:

Hamilton Municipal Cemetery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Pioneer Cemetery, St. George, Ontario, Canada

St George United Cemetery, St. George, Ontario, Canada

Presbyterian Cemetery, Woodstock, Ontario, Canada

School Yearbooks

Dwight W. Hunter
New Haven,
The Yale Pot Pourri

Humphrey Hunter
Chapel Hill,
North Carolina
University of North Carolina

S. G. Hunter
University of Georgia
The Pandora

Bill Hunter
University of Massachusetts
Amherst Yearbook

Elden Hunter
The Sentinel

The Hunter Family

The Hunter family are fortunate to have an ancient parchment charter still in their possession confirming a grant of land at Huntarstoune and Ardneil (near West Kilbride) dated 1374, with a rent of a silver penny only to be paid on request to the Crown.