map showing location of Hunterston

Dec 28, 2015

nearly 1000 years so far

The first Hunters arrived in Ayrshire in the last years of the 11th Century. They were experts in hunting and field craft with generations of experience in the forests of their land of origin, Normandy, northern France. .....

picture showing some of the Hunterston lairds

On Dec 20, 2015

The Lairds

A detailed list of the lairds in charge of Hunterston and the Hunter family there .....

a photograph taken on the estate

On Dec 11, 2015

Hunterston estate

doing bits on this just now.....

a photograph of the castle at Hunterston

Jan 17, 2016

The castle

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picture of Hunterston house

On Jan 31, 2016

Hunterston House

not started this page yet the above link takes you online for a virtual visit


  • Major Hunter-Weston picture
  • a view of the castle buildings
  • the castle from the front
  • the castle showing from the rear

Copies and Extracts of Some Ancient Wills

Robert Hunter of Hunterston Died 9th August, 1581

Vol. 12—The Testament Dative and Inventary of the goods, &c., of umquhile Robert Hunter of Hunterston within the shire of Air, who died 9 August, 1581. Given up by Margaret Crawfurd, Lady Hunterston, his relict in name of Jane, Marioun, Katherine, Elizabeth and Hew Hunters, their lawfull bairns by the air and executor dative decerned to their said umquhile father.
The Inventary consist of Horses, Cows, Fowls and household utensils, &c.
Sum of inventary-- £214-1-4d
Debts owing to Dead by, Tenents of Annanhill, tenents of Cumbray Malcom McClellane in Campbellton, John McClellane there, Ard. Dunlop there, William Young there, Robert Young there, awine be his "guid mother" and "guiddochter," Alexander McClellan there, Johne Wilsone there, Andro Crawfurd there, Johne Young there, James Farie in Thridpart, Johne McClellan surety there, James Davie in Thridpart, John Thomson in Hunterston surety, Adame Stevinson, Johne Blakshell in Hunterston, Johne Hogyur there, James Wodsyd there, Robert Thomsone there, John Tarbet there, John Templeton there, John Smysone, younger in Farnslie, Johne in Cumbray, Robert Gemmill in Hunterston, the widow Marioun Brown in Kepaneburne, Johne Mclellane and James his sone, Alexander Young, James Hunter, Ard. Brown in Potarf, Alexander Stevinson, Ard Brown, cautioner there, John Thomsone, Alexander Boyd in Balbie, the Laird of Auchynwames, John Boyd in Glendy, John Quhyt in Moss Glen, Patrick Crawfurd in Auldmuire, umquhile Johne McClellane and Jonet Brown in Hoilhous, Jonet Sinclair spouse to William Crame in Irrwine, Lady Sempill his "guidmoyer," William Hunter and John Hunter his "broyrsone" in Cumbray, Gilbert Mychell there, Johne McCall there, Johne Symsoun elder in Farinlin Lady Farnielie surety there, Johne Symsoun younger in Fairynlie and Johne Tempiltoun, Andro Sempill in Farnelie, David Stevinsone surety, Robert Thomesoun in Hunterston, Johne Montgomerie in Cumbray, Hew Crawfurde in Campbetoun, Robert Gilleis in Hoilhous, Johne Wilson in Campbeltoun, Johne Fynlay in Ladysyd, William Rysyd in Heleis surety, Lyoun Thome in Quhytsyd, George Hunter in Richartoun. Charles Boyd in Busbie, James Mowat now of Busbie, Dame Marioun Montgomerie, Lady Sempill, Johne Gray in Corsbie myln, Thomas Scyir there cautioner, Johne Rogar, Andro Crawfurd, Katherine Nevine in Potarf, John Gemmill, Thomas Flois, Ard. Dunlop tenents of Campbeltoun, tenents of South Kaimes in the Meikle Isle of Cumbray, tenents of Hunterston, Janet Hunter Lady Fergushill.
Sum of Debts - £937-15-4
Debts owing by defunct, to Jane Hunter his lawfull daughter, the Abbot of Kilwinning, Thomas Stewart, Giles Crawfurd servants, the Chamberlain of Castle Sempill.
Sum of debts - £38-6-8
Free Gear - £1113-10/-
Divided in three parts Dead's part is - £371-3-4
Confirmed 24 September, 1583.
Eik to above Testament dated 3 September, 1586.
Further Debts due to defunct by - James Moffat of Busbie, the tenants of Hunterston.
Sum of above debts - £109-6-8