Fullarton is an ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived in the barony of Fullertoun
in the parish of Dundonald in Ayrshire
. That the family assumed the name of where they lived is often indicative the degree of power and influence they held in that area. Fullarton is most definitely such a name, easily identified by the suffix “-ton”, meaning “settlement” or “town”. The place in question is almost certainly Fullerton, near Ayr or possibly Foulertoun near Forfar, both in Scotland
. Both of these towns derive their name from the word “fuglere”, meaning “bird-catcher” (the English word “fowler” has the same origin), indicating that fowl was the primary product of these towns.
Early Origins of the Fullarton family
The surname Fullarton was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
. The earliest evidence of the Fullerton family appeared in the mid 13th century, with Alanus de Fowlertoun who founded and endowed out of his lands a convent of Carmelite or White Friars at Irvine. He died circa 1280 and was succeeded by his son Adam de Fowlerton, who had a charter of the lands of Foullartous and Gaylis in Kyle Stewart a few years after his father’s death. A branch of his family settled in Arran
and are said to have received from King Robert the Bruce a charter of the lands of Kilmichael with the office of coroner and the honorary title of Falconer to the King, in 1307. These estates were held for several centuries and in later years the family branched to Kinnaber in Angus
. Gradually many of the estates were lost by marriage, and one of the last was Ballintoy Castle in County Antrim
which was acquired by the Downings in marriage. From the appointment by Bruce on, a long series of titles belonged to this respectable family. Rankin de Fowlartoun was the dominus de Corsby in the early 15th century and John Fullarton was first minister of Sanquhar after the Reformation
. The most prestigious title held by the family came, however, in 1327 when Robert I granted to Galfridus de Foullertoune (whose name is also recorded as Galfredus Fullerton) the land of Oulertoun in the sheriffdom of Forfar and the hereditary office of falconer within the sheriffdom. The estate was held by the Fullartons for over 120 years before they transferred themselves to the parish of Meigle, in which there are lands which bear the name to this day.
Early History of the Fullarton family
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Fullarton Spelling Variations
Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations
in Scottish names. Fullarton has been spelled Fullerton, Fullarton, Foulerton, Fowlerton, McCoy and others.
Early Notables of the Fullarton family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Mr. John Fullerton, Esq. Thribergh in the West Riding of Yorkshire
was home to this gentleman for some time. "The parish comprises 1,624a. lr. 27p., of which about 800 acres are arable, 770 pasture, and about 30 woodland, all the property of John... Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fullarton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fullarton family to Ireland
Some of the Fullarton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 127 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 Fullarton family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fullarton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. James Fullarton U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Cornwall, Ontario c. 1784 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
Fullarton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Fullarton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Fullarton (post 1700)
- Stephen "Steve" Fullarton (1919-2008), Scottish soldier, the last survivor of those who volunteered to serve on the republican side in the Spanish Civil War
- Archibald Fullarton, Scottish founder of Archibald Fullarton and Co., a prominent publisher in Glasgow in the 1800s
- William Fullarton of Fullarton FRSE FRS (1754-1808), Scottish soldier, statesman, agriculturalist and author
- William M. Fullarton (b. 1882), Scottish association football player who made over fifty appearances in The Football League from 1903 to 1906; he managed Plymouth Argyle (1906-1907)
- James "Jamie" Fullarton (b. 1974), Scottish former professional footballer and current manager of Notts County (2016-)
- John Fullarton (1780-1849), Scottish traveller and writer; he contributed articles to the Quarterly Review in defence of the Tory party in 1823, and is said to have been one of the founders of the Carlton Club
- Brigadier Ian Grant Fullarton (1895-1952), Australian District Officer Commanding 7th Military District from 1946 to 1950 CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, August 30) Ian Fullarton. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Fullarton/Ian_Grant/Australia.html
The Fullarton 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: Lux in tenebris
Motto Translation: Light in darkness.
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...More...Septs of the Distinguished Name Fullarton
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