Clan Johnstone

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Welcome to Clan Johnstone

Clan Johnstone Team
Team Leader TBA
Team MembersPaula J, David Urquhart
Clan Chief: Patrick Andrew Wentworth Hope Johnstone, 11th Earl of Annandale and Hartfell, 26th Chief of the Name and Arms of Johnstone, 11th Hereditary Steward of Annandale and 11th Hereditary Keeper of Lochmaben Palace. Succeeded in 1983.
Crest: Numquam non paratus (Never unprepared)
Motto: Winged stirrup with motto
Slogan/War Cry:
Region: Border country
Historic Seat:
Plant badge: Red hawthorne
Pipe music:
Gaelic name:

Clan Team

Team Goals

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

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 Johnstone on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan Johnstone.


Clan History

Clan Branches

Other Names Associated with the Clan

Johnstone, Johnston

Allied Clans

Rival Clans

Clan Research and Free Space Pages

Source Material

Image Credits and Acknowledgements

Information below this line should be summarized and incorporated into the Team Page. Detailed information should be moved to additional Clan pages.

Clan Johnstone

Johnstone comes from "John's toun", not "John's stone" or John's son." Historically, "Johnston" has been an alternate spelling of the surname. The first known person of this name was John of Johnstone, who in 1174 gave his name to the lands of Annandale in Dumfrieshire which he had been granted. His son, called Gilbert Johnstone ("Gillibertus de Johnistoun") appears on records between 1194-1214 and onwards, presumably taking his surname from the town his father had established - "Johnstone" or "John's toun".

Gilbert's Grandson called Sir John Johnstone was a Knight of the county of Dumfries. [4] Sir John Johnstone signed the Ragman Roll of King Edward I of England in 1296.

At this time Perth was known as St Johnston and Johnstonburn in East Lothian was then called Jonystoun. These two areas have records of the Johnstone Clan. A third area of Johnstones which came from Stephen the Clerk and Margaret the heiress of Sir Andrew Garioch used the family name of Johnston.

Stephen de Johnston, called The Clerk, married Margaret de Garviach, before April 1380. It was through this marriage to Margaret, daughter and heiress of Sir Andrew Garioch, knight, of Caskieben that he got the lands of Caskieben, Crimond, Kinburn and others, which he called Johnston, from his own name, and from him are descended all the Johnstons of the North.

Johnston of Caskieben is one of the most ancient families of the name of Johnston, and have always competed with the Johnstons of Annandale for the chiefship. They have long been designated "Of That Ilk"; which generally denotes head or chief of a clan.

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Brothers David (1787-1870) and William Johnstone (1785-1858) came to Prince Edward Island and had large families. My current project is the history of their families. Their descendants have spread across Canada and into the U.S. I'd like to join this project. I am also descended from William Johnston (1800-1885) of Dungannon, Ireland who settled in Upper Canada, whose family is already on Wikitree.

Judith (Johnstone) Chidlow


Thank you for your interest in Scottish Clan research. In order to join the Clan Johnstone team, you must first join the Scotland Project. Information on how to join is on the Project page at It will point you at the G 2G page where you make your request.

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