Robert Hunter was bapt Oct 1666, Edinburgh. He began his military career 1688 when a guard was formed to protect the future Queen Anne as the rift began with her father James II. In 1690 he became Captain in Colonel John Hill’s regiment of foot. On 28th Feb 1694 he […]
General Sir Aylmer Hunter-Weston 27th Laird of Hunterston
William Wallace and almost certainly Robert the Bruce was supported by the Hunters. In 1374 the great King’s grandson Robert II granted William Huntar, 10th Laird of Hunterston a charter for the lands of Ardneil “for faithful services rendered”. The family still possess this ancient document.
For many years the Hunters continued to serve the Scottish Crown as Royal Huntsmen and as soldiers. John Huntar, 14th Laird of Hunterston died with King James at Flodden in 1513 and Mungo Huntar, 16th Laird of Hunterston died for Mary at Pinkie in 1547.
In the Mid-thirteenth century King Alexander III of Scotland urged his liegemen to build in stone against possible incursion by Norsemen. It was probably around that time that Pele Tower of Hunterston was constructed. From this stronghold, the family in alliegance with other powerful neighbours, faced down the aggression of […]