Glanton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Though hidden in the annals of history, the chronicles of Scotland reveal the early records of the Norman surname Glanton which ranks as one of the oldest. The history of the name is interwoven within the colorful plaid of Scottish history and is an intrinsic part of the heritage of this ancient nation.

Early Origins of the Glanton family

The surname Glanton was first found in Oxfordshire, where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated at Glinton with manor and estates in that shire. They are said to be descended from Reinbaldus who accompanied the Conqueror into England.

Sire Johan de Clinton (d. 1315) was the earliest on record. He assumed his surname from Glinton anciently written Clinton. The peerage of Baron Clinton was created for him in 1298. [1] This began a long line of Barons Clinton including: John de Clinton, 2nd Baron Clinton (d. c. 1335); John de Clinton, 3rd Baron Clinton (d. 1398); William de Clinton, 4th Baron Clinton (1378-1431); John de Clinton, 5th Baron Clinton (1410-1464) and others.

Another branch of the family was found at Hunton in Kent. "The manor [of Hunton] afterwards passed to the Gyffords, and in the reign of Edward III. to the family of Clinton, of whose ancient mansion, the site, encompassed by a moat, is still visible near the church." [2]

Kenilworth in Warwickshire had a particular significance to the family in early times. "After the Conquest, Henry I. bestowed the manor upon Geoffrey de Clinton, his treasurer and chamberlain, who built the church, and founded a priory for Canons regular of the order of St. Augustine, which he dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. He erected the earlier portion of that stately Castle for the remains of which the town is principally distinguished." [2]

Important Dates for the Glanton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glanton research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1572, 1415, 1386, 1394, 1397, 1404, 1414, 1415, 1378, 1431, 1512, 1585, 1624, 1657, 1646, 1648, 1686, 1761, 1731, 1743, 1753 and are included under the topic Early Glanton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Glanton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Clinton, Glinton, Clintone and others.

Early Notables of the Glanton family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Sir Thomas Clinton (died 1415), an English soldier and politician, Clinton was a younger son of John de Clinton, 3rd Baron Clinton of Maxstoke, Warwickshire, inherited the manors of Hunton and Bensted in Kent, where he established the family home, knighted before 1386, saw military service in Scotland and on John of Gaunt's expedition to Spain, transferred his allegiance to Thomas Mowbray, the Earl Marshal, following him to Ireland in 1394, elected Member of Parliament for Warwickshire in January 1397 and for Kent in...
Another 92 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Glanton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Glanton family to Ireland

Some of the Glanton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Glanton migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Glanton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Honora Glanton, aged 18, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Glanton (post 1700)

  • Willie Stevenson Glanton (1922-2017), American lawyer and politician, Member of the Iowa House of Representatives (1965-1966), inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1986

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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from
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