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The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the Beatson family. The root of their name is 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.

Beatson Early Origins



The surname Beatson was 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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Beatson Spelling Variations


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Beatson Spelling Variations



Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Beatson has appeared in various documents spelled Beaton, Beeton, MacBeth, MacBeaton, McBee, MacBee and others.

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Beatson Early History


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Beatson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beatson 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 Beatson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beatson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beatson Early Notables (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 Beatson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beatson In Ireland


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Beatson In Ireland



Some of the Beatson 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Beatson or a variant listed above:

Beatson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Susanna Beatson, aged 19, landed in Virginia in 1683

Beatson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Beatson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Mrs. Beatson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beatson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beatson (post 1700)



  • Walter W. G. Beatson, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Bassein, 1884
  • George Steward Beatson (d. 1874), Scottish surgeon-general
  • Patrick Beatson (1758-1800), Scottish born mariner
  • Robert Beatson (1742-1818), Scottish compiler and miscellaneous writer
  • The Hon Mr Justice Beatson (b. 1948), has been a British judge in the Queen's Bench Division in the High Court
  • Colonel Sir George Thomas Beatson (1848-1933), British physician

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Motto


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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: Debonnaire
Motto Translation: Graceful


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    9. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    10. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    11. ...

    The Beatson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beatson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 27 October 2015 at 11:22.

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