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1. James PATON, son of PATON, was born circa 1700.

General Notes:
On Official parochial records it is shown as Paton, Patton, Pattern, Padden, Patten Patoun and many more variations.

"Patten is equated with MacPhadden (variant spellings MacFadzean etc) and is a sept of Clan Maclaine (of Lochbuie) p.513 Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands, Br Frank Adam FRGS, FSA Scot, published Edinburgh & London, 2nd edition Published 1923".

Noted events in his life were:

SURNAME MEANING:
The Paton surname goes way back into the 1500s in Highland Scotland, but it is not, however, a formal clan name.

Although there are Paton septs of the Clan MacDonald of Clanranald, and in particular of the Clan MacLean, the name is believed to have actually started as a Christian name, meaning 'son of Pat' or 'son of Patrick', with the '-on' as a French suffix meaning 'son of' (the French equivalent of the Gaelic 'Mac', or the Norman 'Fitz').

From the 1912 book, "Surnames of the United Kingdom", two possible origins to the name are posited, the second, as already mentioned, being the most likely:

PATON 1. the French Paton, an accus. and dim. form of the O. Teut. Pato. 2. Paton is so common a surname in Scotland that it must have another source besides the French name - prob. the dim. of Patrick (q.v.), with the Fr. dim. suff, -on.
In the 15th Century the name Paton began to gain usage as a surname in Scotland, particularly in Ayrshire and Perthshire, although today it is to be found all over Scotland.

The name is also seen as Patton and Patten and other known variants include Pattone, Patterson and Beaton, and even the anglicised Gaelic form, 'MacFadden' (Mac Phaidin).



SCOTTISH CLAN RELATIONSHIP: Patton's are septs to the MacLean Clan.

Gaelic Name: MacGhille Eoin
Motto: Virtue mine honour
Badge: Crowberry Lands: Morven,Mull, Coll, Tiree
Origin of Name: Gaelic, MacGhille-Eoin (Son of the servant of John)
Pipe Music: The MacLean's March


Clan History

The name MacLean is rendered in gaelic "MacGille Eoin" or "son of the servant of St. John". The clan claims its descent from "Gilleathan Na Tuaidh", of the royal house of Lorn. The Duart branch of the clan claim as their progenitor Lachlan Lubanach, son of Iain Dhu MacLean of Mull, and a direct descendent of Gillean.

The MacLeans of Duart married into the family of the 1st Lord of the Isles in order to gain power and prestige, but not all of their political unions were to benefit the clan - in particular the case of Lachlan MacLean who married the daughter of the Earl of Argyll in the sixteenth century. The match was not a happy one and Lachlan took drastic action by stranding his wife on a rock and leaving her to drown. She was rescued by passing fishermen, and her kinsmen later avenged her by stabbing her husband to death.

The MacLeans were united with their Campbell in-laws in a mutual dislike of the MacDonald clan, one of the most powerful families in the Western Isles. In the sixteenth century, Lachlan Mor, chief of Duart, continually harried the MacDonalds of Islay and after his death in 1598, his sons took revenge on his suspected murderers, the MacDonalds, by carrying out a massacre of the people of Islay which lasted for three days.

The Patton's as sept's of both Clans would have been caught in the middle of this conflict.

The massacre of the MacDonald clansmen marked the point when the fortunes of the MacLean clan began to wane, and by the seventeenth century the Campbells had gained possession of Duart Castle and most of the MacLean estates. However, Duart castle was reclaimed by the family in 1911 and has now been restored as the family seat.

Our Patton family can wear the MacLean & Sinclair tartans and to a lesser extent the MacDonald tartan.



James married Sussanna DUN on 17 Jun 1726 in Liberton, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland.

General Notes:
Sussana's name appears as Susan, Susanna and her surname appears as Dun & Din.
I strongly suspect that her name was Susanna Dunn (yet to be confirmed)


Children from this marriage were:

+ 2 F    i. Katharin PATON was born on 4 Apr 1727 in Liberton, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland and was christened on 14 Apr 1727 in Liberton, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland.

+ 3 M    ii. John PATON was born on 21 Jul 1729 in Liberton, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland, was christened on 21 Jul 1729 in Liberton, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland, and died on 21 Jul 1729 in Liberton, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland.

+ 4 M    iii. George PATON was born on 21 Jul 1729 in Liberton, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland and was christened on 21 Jul 1729 in Liberton, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland.

+ 5 F    iv. Elizabeth PATON was born on 29 May 1732 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland and was christened on 1 Jun 1732 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.

+ 6 M    v. William PATTON was born on 18 Apr 1735 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.

+ 7 M    vi. Andrew PATON was born on 28 Aug 1736 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.

+ 8 M    vii. John PATON was born on 29 Sep 1737 and was christened on 2 Oct 1737 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.

+ 9 M    viii. James PATTON was born on 2 Oct 1738 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland and was christened on 8 Oct 1738 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.

+ 10 F    ix. Ann PATON was born on 25 Jan 1740 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, was christened on 25 Jan 1740 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, and died on 25 Jan 1740 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.

+ 11 F    x. Margaret PATON was born on 25 Jan 1740 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, was christened on 25 Jan 1740 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, and died on 25 Jan 1740 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.

First online edition published by Gary Ian Patton, 1992, revised in 2004, 2007, 2009 2017. Current edition 2019. All rights reserved.


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