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THE FAMILY HISTORY
of  the
PATONS
 
Traced back to 18th Century Perthshire, Scotland, with associated 
families in Ulster, the Republic of Ireland, the United States
and Australia.
 

WELCOME    Filte Romhaibh

"In my estimation, a long line of ancestry entitles no man to trample
on his brother, nor does a high sounding title give its possessor a right
to wound the heart, which vibrates with the finer feelings of a common
humanity, merely because accident has cast his lot in an elevated station
of life, which he degrades by his vices, and in doing so prostrates the
gifts of Providence, and makes them the means of wounding the peace
and ruining the prospects of thousands, who though below him in station
are nevertheless immeasurably raised above him in talent, in virtue, and
proper feeling. Whether in prince or in peasant a genuine heart elicits
from me the response of a brother."
 
William Henderson - Byegone Days; or, Sketches Illustrative of the
Manners and Customs of the Scottish Peasantry Seventy Years
Ago" (by an Octogenerian), published 1870.
 

Tha an lasair nad anam aig meadhan do bhith
Nas lidir 's nas motha na riaghaltas no rgh.
 
The 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, and niece Pippa Louise Paton.  But as much as it for them, 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...!!!
 
UPDATE: On November 28th 2013 my mother, Charlotte Harper McKeown, formerly Paton, previously Graham, passed away at her home in Manchester, England, after a six month fight against bladder cancer. As much as this site is for my sons, it is also now dedicated to her memory. RIP Mum x

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Reclaiming our History...
 
A' Rannsachadh ar Sgeul
 
 
In the last few 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
 
Other 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...
 
And 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... 
 

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Reverend William Paton D.D.

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Charts 
 
Cairtean-iuil
 
 
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:
 
 

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Acknowledgments
 
Taing
 

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, Dan Kane, Kirsty Wilkinson, Simon Fowler, Richard Lansing, Stephanie Wyatt, 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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Site Last Updated
 
Saturday, October 27th 2012
 
 

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THE HISTORY OF THE PERTHSHIRE PATONS
 
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 CHRIS PATON 2001-2014

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Charlotte Harper Graham, Calum's and Jamie's grandmother, early 1960s

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Calum's and Jamie's great great grandfather David Hepburn Paton in the early 1900s

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Calum's and Jamie's great grandfather Charles Paton in Brussels, Belgium, April 1907

Sir William Drummond Macdonald Paton CBE, the boys' 2nd cousin twice removed

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John Paton, Calum's & Jamie's great great uncle, a civilian POW in Ruhleben camp, Berlin, 1916

David Paton, Calum's & Jamie's 2nd cousin twice removed, chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II from 1972-83

Calum's and Jamie's great grandparents, Martha and Ernest Graham, 1950s, Belfast

Calum's & Jamie's great great great grandfather Edwin Graham, in 1939, with 2nd wife Sarah Ann

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Calum's and Jamie's great grandmother, Jane Paton (nee Currie), Belfast 1938
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