Fenton

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Clan Fenton is a Scottish kin-group or family that does not have a recognised chief and is therefore considered an armigerous clan.

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They are currently represented on the Council of Scottish Armigerous Clans and Families by Mitchell Fenton FSA Scot. <ref>http://www.clans-families.org/council--members.html</ref>

Origins

This name means 'marsh settlement'. <ref>David Dorward, Dictionary of Scottish Surnames, 92</ref> It is not exclusively Scottish. <ref>Dorward, Surnames, 92</ref> Fenton Hill in Angus indicates a possible early site of settlement.<ref>Dorward, Surnames, 92</ref> John de Fenton was sheriff of Forfar in 1261 and there was a tradition of landed families called Fenton in the area until the mid-fifteenth century. <ref>Dorward, Surnames, 93</ref>

A Fenton family held the lands of Dirleton in East Lothian and were powerful nobles. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 387</ref>

Middle Ages

William Fention, styled Lord of Beaufort' was one of the auditors at Berwick of the competing claims to the Scottish throne through Bruce and Balliol.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 387</ref>According to Nisbet this noble, or his son married Cecilia Bisset, heiress of William Bisset, Lord Lovat.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 387</ref>

The lowland Fentons ended in an heiress who married Whitelaw of that Ilk.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 387</ref> Another branch of the family relocated from Fenton Castle to Baikie Castle in Angus. <ref>http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/32133/details/baikie+castle/&biblio=more</ref>

Eighteenth Century

Thomas Fenton was a merchant and ballie in Edinburgh. <ref>Elizabeth C. Sanderson, ‘Hepburn, Margaret (bap. 1726, d. in or after 1758)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 21 May 2014</ref>

Today

This is a Clan Fenton society. <ref>http://www.clan-fenton.com/index.html</ref>

References

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