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Early Origins of the Harmeston family

The surname Harmeston was first found in the lands of Hermiston (old Hirdemaneston) in the old barony of Lilliesleaf. There was another possible origin, that of the barony of Herdmanston in East Lothian, but the former Hermiston is more likely. [1]

As to testify to the antiquity of the place, early records show Sir Andrew Douglas of Hermiston (d. bef. 1277) was a medieval Scottish nobleman. Apparently an early charter shows Lord of Douglas receiving the lands of Hermiston from Máel Coluim II, Earl of Fife. Today Hermiston is a suburb of Edinburgh.

The Weir of Hermiston (1896) is an unfinished novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson died suddenly in 1894 from a cerebral haemorrhage.

One of the first records of the Harmeston family was Alexander de Hirdmanestun who witnessed a charter by Jocelin, Bishop of Glasgow confirming the grant of the church of Puloc to the church of Paisley c. 1177-99. In 1202 he also witnessed a charter of the land called Schotteschales in the territory of Lilliesleaf. Johan de Hirdmanston or Hirdmanestone of the county of Berewyke (Berwick) rendered homage to King Edward I of England in 1296. His seal bears a merlin perched on a gloved hand, and S' lohi's de Hirdmainston. Later "Alexander de Hirmanestone of the county of Rokesburk also rendered homage, and in 1305 he was juror on an inquisition made at Selkirk. Some years later the lands of Hermiston in Lilliesleaf seem to have passed from possession of the family to William de Stapilton in 1349. The surname was early carried to the north. Andrew Hiidmanniston, archdeacon of Caithness, witnessed the settlement of a controversy in 1328, and in the following year provision was made of a deanery of Moray to Master Andrew de Hirdmannstron." [1]

Early History of the Harmeston family

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Harmeston Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hermiston, Herdmiston, Hirmiston, Harmeston, Harmiston and many more.

Early Notables of the Harmeston family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Harmeston family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Hermiston who arrived in Quebec in 1746.

  1. 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) on Facebook