The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Beedon 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.
Early Origins of the Beedon family
The surname Beedon 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 Beedon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beedon 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 Beedon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beedon Spelling Variations
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations
, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Beedon has appeared as Beaton, Beeton, MacBeth, MacBeaton, McBee, MacBee and others.
Early Notables of the Beedon 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 Beedon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Beedon family to Ireland
Some of the Beedon 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 Beedon family to the New World and Oceana
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence
broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan
societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Beedon were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: Richard Beaton who settled in Nevis in 1654; Thomas Beaton settled in Virginia in 1630; William Beaton settled in Barbados in 1635; Margaret Beeton settled in New England
Contemporary Notables of the name Beedon (post 1700)
- Francis W. Beedon (1902-1990), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives, 1963-68 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Beedon 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