Surnames/tags: Hunter Huntar
The lands of Hunterston were gifted to William Hunter by Robert II in 1374 in return for a silver coin payable to the Sovereign on the Feast of Pentecost.
The Hunters were Hereditary Keepers of the Royal Forests of Arran and Little Cumbrae and loyal supporters of the Royal House of Stewart(s). John, 14th Laird of Hunterston, died at the Battle of Flodden in 1513. Mungo, 17th Laird of Hunterston, died at the Battle of Pinkie in 1547.
Hunterston Castle Hunterston House West Kilbride, Ayrshire, Scotland Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow William Hunter (1718-83) Hunter's Quay, Dunoon, Argyllshire is named after the Hunters of Hafton House who, in the mid-19th-century brought up this coastline.
In 1826 two local farm workers were digging a ditch near the foreshore a few miles south of where the Battle of Largs took place in 1263. They uncovered a large metal ornament crafted in a distinctive Celtic style which was thought to have been worn by a mortally wounded Viking, Jarl Malbrigda, fleeing the battle scene. We know his name as he had inscribed it on the back of the brooch.
This magnificent hand crafted solid silver brooch inlaid with gold filigree still takes pride of place at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, nearly 200 years since its discovery. Named after the location of its find, the Hunterston Brooch displays the astonishing skill and craftsmanship of Scottish craftsmen.
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