lasair nad anam aig meadhan do bhith
Nas làidir 's nas motha na riaghaltas no rìgh.
flame in your soul, at the centre of your being,
Is larger and stronger than
any government or king.
This is the history of the Paton family, traced back
to the 18th Century in
Perthshire, Scotland, by Chris Paton for his two sons Calum Graham Paton and Jamie Christopher Paton. But as much as it for the boys,
it is also for the rest of the Patons, and their associated families, stretching from Scotland, England,
and Ireland, to the USA, Australia and Crete.
The work continues all the time, and as new information
is found it will be added to the site - keep visiting for updates on this neverending story...!!!
Reclaiming our History...
A' Rannsachadh ar Sgeul
In the last
three years, a great deal has been learnt about the life and death of the boys' great great grandfather David
Hepburn Paton, who lived and worked in Brussels, Belgium, until his death in hiding there in the middle of the First World
War. For more on this story, and the stories of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, visit the Paton - Part Four page.
On the same page read how in 1916 John Paton
was arrested and sent as an 18 year old civilian to Ruhleben prisoner of war camp near Berlin. Research into this camp
has led to the creation of a new project - The Ruhleben Story - which can be accessed at the following website link: Ruhleben
noteworthy stories include that of the Reverend William Paton, secretary of the International Missionary Society; Sir William Drummond MacDonald Paton CBE, professor of pharmocology at Oxford University; Cochrane Watton, painter on board the Titanic; the boys' grandfather Paddy Giles, a Tipperary man in the Middle East; Dr. William Henderson, the 19th Century medical pioneer based in Perth; and the boys' other grandfather Colin Paton, submariner and survivor of the Ladbroke Grove train disaster...
last but not least, 1866 saw the brutal death of the boys' great great great great grandmother, Janet Rogers, nee Henderson. Visit The Mount Stewart Murder page to read the newspaper
coverage of the time, as well as letters written by the Perthshire Police...
At long last, I
have finally managed to obtain birth certificates for my grandfather Charles Paton in Koekelberg, and for his siblings Annie,
William and John, in Brussels, Belgium.
The missing branch
of the Paton family has also been found! During the First World War, when our family was trapped in Brussels, James Paton,
the brother of Calum's and Jamie's great great grandfather David Hepburn Paton, acted on behalf of the family in England,
liaising with the Foreign Office, the firm of R & J Dicks in Glasgow, and with David's son John, a civilian prisoner
of war at Ruhleben. James moved to London in the 1880s, but only now have we established what became of them - and what a
Visit the Paton - Part Three page to read about Mary Manson Dunlop Paton, sole European missionary in China in 1938 and rescued from the Japanese
invasion of the country by a Royal Naval warship; the Reverend William Paton D.D., secretary of the International Missionary
Society, who counted Mahatma Ghandi amongst his known associates; his son Sir William Drummond MacDonald Paton C.B.E., an
Oxford professor of pharmacology, and designer of the submarine escape procedures that his second cousin Colin (Calum's and
Jamie's grandfather) would be trained in during the 1960s; and David MacDonald Paton, canon of Canterbury Cathedral and
chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II from 1972-83!
|Reverend William Paton D.D.
John Paton's story has been featured in a new book on Ruhleben, written by
Matthew Stibbes, published by Manchester University Press and available on May 1st 2008. The book can be ordered
from Amazon through the following link:
British Civilian Internees in Germany: The Ruhleben Camp 1914-1918
An article on John also appeared in Your Family Tree
magazine issue 62, on sale in February 2008, whilst in issue 75, a story on Helen Paton has been published, detailing the
story of her emigration to Australia in 1848.
Because so much information has been amassed on some
of the families, it has been harder to keep things simple on each of the family pages. To address this, each page now contains
a link to my other family history site, hosted by Tribal Pages, which will give access to a handy series of charts to help
navigate through some of the larger families. This site can be found at:
The information in this site could not have been gathered without the help of our parents and family, cousins
Joan Elizabeth Paton, Anne McGillivray Paton, Sheena Paton, Margaret Robertson Paton, Ian Joseph Paton, John MacKenzie Paton,
the Venerable Michael MacDonald Paton, David Michael MacDonald Paton, Joan Montefiore, Professor Colin Kingsley, Sheila Trotter,
Gregg Morrison, Pamela MacLennan, Anne Crook, Angie Kirk and Cheri Reisman, Councillor Eleanor Jackson, Michel Vanwelkenhuyzen,
Jochem Heicke, the Tay Valley Family History Society, the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, the General Register's
Office in Dublin, the National Archives of Ireland, the Public Records Office of England, the School of Oriental and African
Studies (University of London), Roy McGillivray, Greg Ross, the Scots Origins website, the Scotland's People website, the
Church of Latter Day Saints website, the Carrick-on-Suir Historical Society (Co.Tipperary), Carrickfergus Library, the A.
K. Bell Library in Perth, Dundee City Library, the Mitchell Library (Glasgow), the Glasgow Genealogy Centre, the Scottish
Records Office and the GROS. Thanks to all.
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