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Hutton are a Scottish family or kin-group who do not have a chief and are therefore considered an armigerous clan.


This name comes from the Old English hoh tun, meaning 'promontory settlement' and a place name which appears in Dumfries and Berwickshire. <ref>David Dorward, Dictionary of Scottish Surnames, 152</ref> A family called De Hoton is recorded as ancient and noble around Lancaster and were granted arms by English heralds in the sixteenth century. <ref>George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire, Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia, 406</ref>

Middle Ages

Simon de Hotun is listed by Black as juror in an inquest held in Lanark in 1263. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 406</ref>

John Hudton was abbot of Coupar Angus in 1460. <ref>Dorward, Surnames, 152</ref>

Sixteenth Century

Two brothers in Dundee shared the name of John Hutone- not uncommon in an age of high infant mortality and a limited range of baptismal names.<ref>Dorward, Surnames, 152</ref>

Seventeenth Century

The name occurs in Stirling, Kirkudbright, Dundee and Fife.<ref>Dorward, Surnames, 152</ref>

A self-made man, John Hutton was originally a herd lad at Caerlaverock. <ref>Dorward, Surnames, 152</ref> His talents were recognised by a local clergyman and he was educated as the 'companion' of a gentleman's son and later studied medicine in Edinburgh. <ref></ref>

After Mary II experienced a riding accident Hutton happened to be the nearest doctor and this eventually resulted in him becoming chief physician to William and Mary in 1692 and later Queen Anne, as well as member of parliament for Dumfries.<ref>Dorward, Surnames, 152</ref> <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 406</ref> <ref></ref>

Dr. Hutton recorded arms and claimed to be a representative of Hutton of that Ilk. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 406</ref>

He died unmarried. <ref></ref>

Eighteenth Century

James Hutton (1726-97) was an eminent geologist and philosopher. He has been called the father of modern Geology. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 406</ref> <ref></ref>