27th Laird of Hunterston. 1864 - 1940Though Aylmer is not the most internationally famous of Hunters, his recent, contribution to the Hunter story is the biggest and deserves at least a full page. After the 1914 - 18 war Aylmer set to restore / renovate the estate. Without his large financial outlay Hunterston castle, house and estate would not be habitable today.
Dec 21, 2015William Hunter
William Hunter was born at Long Calderwood in 1718. To further his learning he moved to London in 1741. He was to become a leading teacher in anatomy and the outstanding obstetrician of his day. In 1764 he was the personal physician to Queen Charlotte. William remained unmarried and spent a lot of his considerable fortune on collecting art, books and other curious. In his will he bequeathed his entire, substantial, collection to Glasgow University together with a stipend to build and maintain a house to contain them. The Hunterian Museum in Glasgow opened in 1807.
Jan 17, 2016John Hunter
John Hunter was born at Long Calderwood in 1728 and was always the poorer of the brothers, he cared not for wealth. On one occasion when referring a patient to his brother he wrote the note: "Dear Brother, The bearer wants your advice. I do not know the nature of case. He has no money, and you have plenty, so are well met." "Yours, J. HUNTER." He was to become a famous surgeon and anatomist. He is described as the person who "raised surgery from a craft to a science". Being also an avid collector of anything he founded The Hunterian Museum in London as a place to make available his studies. His wife Ann Hunter was a famous poet and lyricist in a time when it was un-fashionable for ladies to have a career.
Jan 11, 2016Robert Hunter
Robert Hunter born 1666 in Edinburgh. Grandson of the 20th Laird, took out a commission in the army in 1689. He fought in the Spanish Succession, Blenheim and Ramillies managing to reach the rank of Colonel. Captured by the French in 1707 and released under a mutual hostage swap. Governor of New York and New Jersey 1710 to 1720. Governor of Jamaica from 1727 until he expired in 1734. Robert was well educated corresponding in Latin, French and Spanish as the situation required. He also wrote a Biographical farce in 1714, partly as a way of embarrassing the local politicians who seemed to constantly oppose his plans. Titled Androboros it holds the record as the first play in America to be printed and also the earliest political satire recorded which gives a unique historical insight to the political scene at that period.
Captain John Hunter was born in Leith in 1737. He studied at Aberdeen University and in 1754 went to sea. He rose through the ranks getting his first command in 1780. He served as first lieutenant on the H.M.S. Victory.
General Sir Archibald Hunter G.C.D., G.C.V.O., D.S.O., L.L.D. 1856 - 1936
David Hunter Livingstone The legendary exploits of the famous 19th century christian missionary and African explorer, Dr. David Livingstone are well documented. Almost every school child knows his name and many people have been intrigued by those immortal words “Dr Livingstone I presume” which were attributed to the New York Herald journalist Henry Morton Stanley, a naturalised American citizen.