On the Scottish west coast, the Beeton family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. 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.
Early Origins of the Beeton family
The surname Beeton was first found in the Isle of Islay
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Beeton family
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 and printed products wherever possible.
Beeton Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations
appear in records of early Scottish names. Beeton has appeared as Beaton, Beeton, MacBeth, MacBeaton, McBee, MacBee and others.
Early Notables of the Beeton family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Janet Beaton, Lady of Branxholme and Buccleugh (1519-1569) an aristocratic Scottish woman, mistress of James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, had five husbands and was accused of being a witch, immortalized as Sir Walter Scott's Wizard Lady of Branxholm in his "Lay... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beeton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Beeton family to Ireland
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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Beeton family to the New World and Oceana
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence
was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Beeton were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Beeton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Margaret Beeton, who settled in New England in 1773
Beeton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. John Beeton U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 part of the Cape Ann Association CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Contemporary Notables of the name Beeton (post 1700)
- M. L. Beeton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1960 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Boyce Beeton, Australian rugby league footballer who played in the 1906s
- William Hugh Beeton CMG (1903-1976), Chief Commissioner of Ashanti (Ghana) in 1957
- Alan Beeton (b. 1978), former English footballer
- Samuel Orchart Beeton (1831-1877), English publisher, husband of Mrs. Beeton
- Samuel "Sam" John Beeton (b. 1988), British singer-songwriter and musician
- Isabella Mary Beeton (1836-1865), English author of "Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management"
The Beeton Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Graceful