Helping with our Hunter One-Name Study

Last night I received an email from a lady in California wanting to help with the data to be added to my book, and what a wonderful helper she was. Not only data, but wonderful family photos she shared with me with permission to use them in this study and my book.

Thank you Alexandra

Venator History

Willieme le Venator or William the Hunter in 1116 built a timber stronghold on the land that is Hunterston. The area was called Hunters-town in Ayrshire.

One Name Many Variants

In genealogy we all know we should sit down with pencil and paper and list what we know about our family history which I did many years ago, but my research today is about that particular surname.

The Hunter surname for me started in Charleston, West Virginia and during my timeline I have moved from West Virginia to Virginia (where my ancestral immigrants were from)and now Arizona.

After many years of learning about my family surname and finding birth, marriages, census records and deaths have proven my ancestral roots are to the Lairds of Hunterston Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Scotland is my main area to research for this study, but having my DNA done I found that I am 93% UK so now England, and Northern Ireland are searched further.

Most of all who have registered our surname have started with ourselves and now are researching worldwide. I am asked often does your study cover….Hunters from…and my respond is definitely. Q: Are the Hunters of Leochel-Cushnie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland related to your Hunter branch? A: I am not sure if they trace back to the Hunters of Hunterston, but I will definitely see if we can connect them.

Not only do we reconstruct families with the surname Hunter, but also variants.

Hunter One-Name Study Book

I have been very busy writing a book about our Hunter One-Name Study and haven’t written any blog posts for quite a few months so today decided to start posting daily.

The book is coming along fine, but I have found the Hunter surname is everywhere. The chapters in my book keep going on and on and I have decided to say enough is enough for this first book. We can add chapters in the next book.



Hunter of Hunterston

John Huntar, 14th Laird of Hunterston, succ 1487,
built the Great Hall at Hunterston 1500,
mar 1505 to Margaret Cathcart [dau of John Cathcart, 2nd Baron Cathcart]
killed in the Battle of Flodden 1513.

Robert Huntar, 15th Laird of Hunterston,
died 1546,

Kentigern (or Mungo) Huntar, 16th Laird of Hunterston,
mar Marion Hamilton [dau of James Hamilton, of Torrance, Lanarkshire],
fought in the Siege of Dumbarton 1545,
succ 1546,
killed in the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh 1547,
Marion lived at Hunterston until 1595.

Robert Huntar, 17th Laird of Hunterston,
c.1545, succ 1547.

Hunterston Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland

Hunterston Castle is on the coast NW of West Kilbride, N Ayrshire (on the coast SW of Glasgow), SW Scotland.
This is a strategic location at the mouth of the Clyde, the main sea access to Glasgow.

The original Hunter lands were Ardneil (or “Arnele” or “Arnell” or “Arnelle”).  Ardneil Bay extends from West Kilbride towards Portencross on the S side of the Hunterston Peninsula.  Ardneil is on the road between Portencross and West Kilbride.

The present estate of Hunterston is to the N of this, to the NW of West Kilbride.

The old spelling of the family was “Huntar”, and the estate, “Huntarstoun”.

Hunter of Hunterston owned the present estates as early as the time of Alexander II, King of Scotland” (reigned 1214-49).


Hunterston Castle first built 13th cent. by Hunter, Laird of Hunterston.

John Huntar, 14th Laird built the Great Hall at Hunterston 1500.



Hunterston Castle

List of surnames

I have done family trees for the following surnames.

Hunter of Hunterston, Ayrshire, Scotland

Robert Huntar, 17th Laird of Hunterston

John Hunter, of Long Calderwood, East Kilbride

Robert Hunter, 20th Laird of Hunterston

General Robert Hunter

General Robert Sloper

Thomas Orby Hunter

Charles Orby Hunter

Kitty Hunter


Alured Clarke

Hervey, Earl of Bristol

Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol





This is my study

To collect individuals and families with the Hunter surname and how I am able to reconstruct families from the data found in the CWGC (Commonwealth War Grave Commission).