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Where did the Scottish Beeton family come from? When did the Beeton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beeton family history?

The Clan from whom the Beeton family descends began among the ancient Dalriadan kingdom of the west coast of Scotland. Their name comes from the names of Macbeth and Bethune, or Beaton. The Macbeth and Bethune families, who were hereditary physicians to the Chiefs of Macdonald, practiced medicine on the Isles during the Middle Ages and their names merged in English into the one surname of Beaton. The Macbeths were concentrated in Islay and Mull, whereas the Beatons were concentrated in Skye. However, the Beaton family was not restricted to the Isles and it later branched to other counties such as Fraser. Nonetheless, by the 17th century, the Beaton family "ceased to practice the healing art" and the last of the hereditary physicians was Niel Beaton who practiced medicine in about 1763.

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Historical recordings of the name Beeton include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include Beaton, Beeton, MacBeth, MacBeaton, McBee, MacBee and others.

First found in the Isle of Islay, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beeton research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1543, 1598, 1519, 1569, 1494, 1546, 1543, 1598, 1473 and 1539 are included under the topic Early Beeton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 177 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beeton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Beeton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Beeton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Margaret Beeton settled in New England in 1773

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  • Isabella Mary Beeton (1836-1865), English author of "Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management"
  • Samuel "Sam" John Beeton (b. 1988), British singer-songwriter and musician
  • Samuel Orchart Beeton (1831-1877), English publisher, husband of Mrs. Beeton
  • Alan Beeton (b. 1978), former English footballer
  • William Hugh Beeton CMG (1903-1976), Chief Commissioner of Ashanti (Ghana) in 1957
  • Boyce Beeton, Australian rugby league footballer who played in the 1906s


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