HUNTERS OF FORFAR
St. Andrews testaments under date of 16th March, 1616, contain the will of George Hunter, burgess of Forfar, who married Janet Cokburne but died in April, 1615, leaving two children, Alexander and Robert. No further trace, however, has been found of descendants of this branch.
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HUNTERS OF FORFAR
William Hunter, Burgess of Forfar, who died January 1575
Inventary consists of horses, cattle, sheep, corn, &c., amounting to £418
Debts owing to the defunct by Andro Hunter in Lumphanane, James Fox in Montrose, George Soute in Rischawin, George Buquhanane in Forfar. George Johne, cordiner in Forfar, David Watsoun there Alexander Hunter there, William Brown in Brechin, Andro Butchart in Bancherie, James Lyon of Eister Ogill, William Lyon, Robert Lyon, Robert Savage, "gudsone" in Fyf, David Lessellis in Fyf, William Thomson, Thomas Anderson at Foulis, Mr. William Carnecorss of Balnishanner, William Sym in Auchterforfar, Marion Gardin, Lady Logy, George Anderson, Robert Watsoun, William Dysart of Restenneth, James Hunter, Jonet Hunter.
Sum of Debts -- £69.14-6
Debts owing by the defunct to William Hunter in Dundee, Alexander Adamsoun in Kyremure, John Guthrie.
Sum of Debts— £50-6-8
Free geir - £437-7-10
Divided in three parts, dead's parts IS - £145.15-11
At Forfar the XVI day of Januar, the yeir of God 1575, zeiris the quhilk day the said William Hunter burgess in Forfar maid his Latter Will and Legacie, as follows, viz:—
Item in the first the said William Hunter levis his part of the guids and geir foirsaids to Alesoun Hunter his eldest daughter unmarreit
and maks and constituts Agnes Walker his spouse his executrix and intromissitrix with his guids and geir and als makeis and constitutes the said Agnes his spouse tutrix testamentar to George, Williame and James Hunteris his and hir sons during thair minoritie and unto thair perfyt age and John Guthrie and George Walker oversmen to provide that the said William's bairness be not defrauded.
In witness of the quhilk thing the said William Hunter, hes taine instrument, and before these witnesses, Johne Ranny, David Ramsay younger burgesses in Forfar, David Hunter Provost of Forfar and others forsaid.
Confirmed 10 July 1577.
James Hunter, who died, 1594EDINBURGH COMMISSARIOT TESTAMENTS
Vol. 28 — The Testament Dative and Inventary of the goods, &c., of umquhile James Hunter sone lawfull of umquhile William Hunter burgess of Forfar, who deceased in the month of August 1594,
Given up by Jonet Hunter spouse to Johne Guthrie in Little Mylne and Elizabeth Hunter spouse to Andro Hunter burgesses of Forfar,
which Jonet and Elizabeth are only executors dative decerned to the defunct.
Inventary Item the defunct befell by decease of the said umquhile William Hunter burgess of Forfar his father as one of the four children then unprovided to his said umquhile father of portion natural or bairness part of geir, the sums of £36-9/-
as his said umquhile father's testament of date 10 July 1577, bears, which was intromitted with by Agnes Walker relict of the said umquhile William Hunter
Sum of Inventary— £59-2-4
Debts owing to the defunct by William Rynd of Kerse, as principal with Johne Kymninmonth, Gawin Porter and David Strange all burgesses of Forfar as cautioners; Walter Hawik writer in Forfar.
Sum of debts— £205
Confirmed 26 May, 1595.
George Hunter, Burgess of Forfar, who died 14th, April 1615ST. ANDREWS COMMISSARIOT TESTAMENTS
Vol 6 — The Testament Dative and Inventary of the goods &c., of umquhile George Huntar burgess of Forfar, who deceased intestate on 14 April 1615.
Given up by Janet Cokburne his relict in name of Alexander and Robert Huntars their lawful bairnes being minors and executors dative deceased to the defunct.
Inventary consists of cattle, sheep, barn yard stock and household goods amounting to — £332
Debts owing to the defunct by -- Strachauchin of Brigtoun Robert Strachauchin, the heirs and executors of umquhile Mr. Arthure Fethie minister at Inverkeillor, for Patrick his sones buird, Mr. Josua Durie, William Cokburne in Zolmiln, John Craill Effain Strachauchin in Quarrellhill, and David Huntar in Forfar.
Sum of debts— £354-6-8
Debts owing by the defunct to Henrie Thomsone burgess in Forfar for the duty of the 1/7 part lands of Westfield, Catharin Walls servant, Robert Miln, servant, John Dog, servant, Archibald Strang servant and Jon Liddell, servant.
Sum of Debts— £36-6-8
Free gear— £751
Divided in three parts, dead's part is— £233-6-8
Confirmed 27 Marche, 1616
Mr. Henrie Fullartoun minister at Keremwir is cautioner.
Crest a greyhound sejant ppr. gor: with an antique crown or Supporters,— Two greyhounds ppr. gorged with antique crowns or Motto Cursum Perficio.
HUNTER-WESTON OF HUNTERSTON now bears Quarterly 1st and 4th or an eagle displayed reguardant sa charged on the breast with a crescent of the first in chief two crescents of the second for Weston, 2nd and 3rd or three hunting horns vent stringed and garnished gules for Hunter, Crests 1st Weston, an eagle rising reguardant sa charged on the breast and on each wing with a crescent or, 2nd Hunter, a greyhound sejant ppr. gorged with an antique crown or Supporters, — Two greyhounds ppr. gorged with antique crowns or Hunter of Hunterston. Mottoes — aquilla non capit muscas Weston, cursum perficio Hunter.
HUNTER OF BURNSIDE carried, Argent a man's heart proper (Douglas) between three hunting horns vert stringed gules. Crest a hunting horn as in the arms. Motto — Spero.
HUNTER OF RESTENNETH carried vert three greyhounds courant arg, collared or, on a chief engr. of the second, three hunting horns of the first stringed gules. Crest a fir tree ppr. Motto — Incunditate afficior.
HUNTER OF POLMOOD carried ar. three hunting horns vert stringed gules.
At and prior to the commencement of the 17th century, we find the family Hunter of Hunterston bearing "vert three dogs of chase argent on a chief of the second three hunting horns of the first brandessit gules.