Notable Hunter ~ Raoul Hunter

Raoul Hunter was born on June 18, 1926, in Saint-Cyrille-de-Lessard, Quebec. At the age of eleven he won a prize in a drawing competion organized by Quebec City’s newspaper Le Soleil. As a student at the College Sainte-Anne-de-La-Pocatiere, he became renowned for his caricatures of teachers and students.

Biography by Denis Hunter


The Hunter surname has Newsletters written by different online websites including one of my favorite’s the Jacob Hunter Trust. They have published a yearly newsletter since 1992.

Clan Hunter USA sends out a bi-annual newsletter to members.

These newsletters are such a help in genealogy research because there are Hunter births, marriages, deaths listed with some family histories.

Family Photos

My Hunter One-Name Study is a study of people with that surname which at this time includes Scotland, England & Wales, Ireland, Australia, Canada and the United States. My collection of family photos is growing daily so I need to get organized on how to preserve those treasures.

My collection includes family portraits, ancestral castles, mansions, farms, businesses and maps.  Also, being a contributor to Find A Grave I am now visiting cemeteries to add headstones to my photos including a lot of monumental inscriptions.

I am so thankful for all of the cousins, friends,, and FAG contributors who have given me permission to use a lot of these special photos.


Allen Hunter Cemetery

Reed Cemetery Road

Marion, Williamson County

Illinois, United States of America



SatNightGenealogyFunRandy Seaver on Genea-Musings has been a favorite blogger of mine for years and even though I don’t post right away I always follow his assignment for Saturday night and this to me is a lot of fun!

Ellen Thompson-Jennings posted 20 questions on her Hound on the Hunt blog two weeks ago – see Even More Questions About Your Ancestors and Maybe a Few About You(posted 27 June).

We will do these five at a time – Questions 11 to 15 this past Saturday night (We did 1 through 5 two weeks ago and questions 6 through 10 last week.) I will post eventually my answers for those particular times.

Here is the third set of Ellen’s questions:

11.  If money wasn’t an issue; where would you go to do genealogy research?

12.  Do you ever feel like you’re the only person researching your family?

13.  Why do you think you’re interested in your family history and other family members might not be?

14.  Do you intend to write about your genealogy/family history findings?

15.  Did you ever make a genealogy mistake that caused you to have to prune your family tree?

My answers:

11.  Since money isn’t an issue I would spend time traveling to all the cemeteries in three counties of Scotland where my ancestors were buried.  Taking headstone photos to add to my FAG contributor site.

12.  Since I registered my Hunter surname with the Guild of One-Name Studies I feel I am the only one researching my family tree plus all the family trees of Hunters worldwide.

13.  I have been researching my family tree for over 30+ years and finding my ancestral lineage goes to the Hunters of Hunterston.  I feel others want to connect to that lineage, but don’t know how to put the pieces of the puzzle together to prove that they too are related to the Lairds of Hunterston.

14.  Yes, I am currently writing a book about my Hunter One-Name Study which I hope to have published by the time I go to a Clan Hunter Gathering at Hunterston Castle in 2020.

15.  When I first started my family history research I didn’t understand that in my family tree I would have dozens of ancestors with the same first name, William, and the ancestor I thought was mine, turned out to be the wrong one.  I can’t remember when and how I found out this William in my tree was the wrong person, but once I knew then I had to start with the correct William Hunter and found documentation to prove my entry of William Hunter, my immigrant grandfather.

Language and Accents

When I first followed in the footsteps of my ancestral grandparents to Scotland I found it a little hard to understand their way of speaking. The Scottish people have their quaint sayings but also very different accents. Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh plus many small regions in between will have very different ways of pronouncing words and speech patterns. When they hear (from your accent) that you are an American they will make an effort to speak so you can understand.

Are you speaking English?

Here are a few more phrases to add to your travel journal while visiting your homeland of your Scottish ancestors:

  • Whit’s fur ye’ll no go past ye (What’s meant to happen will happen)
  • Yer bum’s oot the windae (You’re talking nonsense)
  • Black as the Earl of Hell’s Waistcoat (Pitch black)
  • Lang may yer lum reek (Long may your chimney smoke (good luck)
  • Haste Ye Back (Return soon)
  • Dinnae fash yersel (Don’t worry)
  • Yer oot yer face (You’re very drunk)
  • Haud your wheest (Be quiet)

Are you speaking English?

Scotland – land of tartan, tweed, and whisky ~ may have English as its official language, but any traveler from the United States would attest to the challenging Scottish accent and unique phrases.  Learn these phrases before you travel on an adventure to Scotland and you’ll “keep the heid” (stay calm).

  • Ah dinnae ken (I don’t know)

Hunterston Ancient Charter

William Wallace and almost certainly Robert the Bruce was supported by the Hunters.  In 1374 the great King’s grandson Robert II granted William Huntar, 10th Laird of Hunterston a charter for the lands of Ardneil “for faithful services rendered”.  The family still possess this ancient document.


Charter at Hunterston Castle

Ancient Charter dated 1374