On the western coast of Scotland
and on the Hebrides
islands the Beatton 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 Beatton family
The surname Beatton 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 Beatton family
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Beatton Spelling Variations
In various documents Beatton has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. Beaton, Beeton, MacBeth, MacBeaton, McBee, MacBee and others.
Early Notables of the Beatton 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 Beatton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Beatton family to Ireland
Some of the Beatton 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 Beatton family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Beatton or a variant listed above:
Beatton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Allan Beatton, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1774 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Beatton (post 1700)
- Frank Beatton (1863-1944), born Frank Beaton, Canadian manager of the Hudson's Bay Company, Fort St. John in the early twentieth century, eponym of the Beatton River British Columbia, Canada
The Beatton 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