Clan Houston

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Welcome to Clan Houston

Clan HoustonTeam
Team Leader TBA
Team Members J Salsbery, Marty Acks
Clan Chief:
Crest: A sand-glass Proper
Motto: In Tempus ("In Time").
Slogan/War Cry:
Historic Seat:
Arms: (LR 8/45) Or, a chevron chequy Azure and Argent, between three martlets Sable, beaked Gules
Pipe music:
Gaelic name:

Team Goals

The focus of this team's work is to identify, improve and maintain profiles associated with the Lairds and Chiefs of Clan Houston together with members bearing the name Houston, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan Houston.

Team To Do List

This list will be developed by the Team. If you are working on a specific task, please list it here:

  • promoting the entries of those bearing the name Houston on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan Houston.

Clan History

The name is territorial in origin, derived from an old barony of the name in Lanarkshire. The ancient family of Houston originally bore the name Paduinan, from a place of that name in Lanarkshire. Hugh de Padinan, who is believed to have lived in the twelfth century, was granted the lands of Kilpeter in the reign of Malcolm IV Baldwin de Bigre. Hugh appears as a witness to the foundation charter of the Abbey of Paisley between 1165-1173. Hugh's son Reginald, obtained a confirmation of these lands. Reginald's son Hugh, obtained a charter from Walter Fitz-Alan, High Steward, now become superior of the lands, werein it is narrated that his father and grandfather held the lands of the family of Bigre. By about the middle of the fourteenth century, these lands had become known as Huston, or Houston, Renfrewshire. Sir Finlay de Hustone appears on the Ragman Roll swearing fealty to King Edward I of England in 1296.

The castle of the de Hustones was built on the site of an ancient Cistercian abbey. The family also acquired a substantial barony near Whitburn, West Lothian, where Huston House, which was rebuilt in the eighteenth century, still stands today. Sir Patrick Hustone of that Ilk, who was probably the eleventh chief, married Agnes Campbell of Ardkinglas.

The Barony had now taken its Saxon name from the settlement of the first of these Old Lords- Huston or 'Villa Hugonis.

The clan does not currently have a chief therefore it is considered an Armigerous clan.

During the Anglo-Scottish Wars, Sir Peter Huston fought with the Earl of Lennox on the right wing at Battle of Flodden in 1513, where he was killed.

His son, Sir Patrick Huston of Huston, was a companion of James V of Scotland and Keeper of the Quarter Seal. He intrigued with Lord Lennox against the king, and was slain at the Battle of Linlithgow.

The next Sir Patrick, his grandson, was knighted by Mary, Queen of Scots, and accompanied her when she visited Lord Darnley in Glasgow.

The nineteenth chief was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia by Charles II in 1668. His son, Sir John, was falconer to Queen Mary and her husband, King William of Orange.

Famous Houstons

The fifth Baronet was a prosperous merchant who had substantial interests in America. His son, who was educated in Glasgow, made his home in Georgia, and he and his brother greatly increased the family’s colonial estates. They are reputed to have owned over eight thousand slaves when the thirteen American colonies broke from Britain and declared their independence. The Hustons renounced their Scottish titles in favor of their American wealth. From this family descended General Sam Houston, whose ancestors were Ulster Scots who emigrated to Philadelphia in the 18th Century. Sam was born in 1793, and fought for the independence of Texas from Mexico. He was first president of Texas and later a United States Senator. In 1836 the newly founded town of Houston, Texas, was named in honor of Sam Houston (1793 - 1836), soldier and statesman. As Commander in Chief of the Texan army he achieved Texan independence from Mexico by routing the army of Santa Ana.

Sir Robert Houston, descended from a Renfrew branch of the family, was a prominent Victorian shipowner who was created a baronet of the United Kingdom. He is credited with developing the theory of convoys first used during the Boer War.


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