|Arbuthnot Genealogical overview|
The Arbuthnot(t) family originated in Arbuthnott, Kincardineshire, Scotland where the Chief of the family, the Viscount of Arbuthnott, still lives. We imagine that all Arbuthnotts come from that area or are descended from people who did so, excepting of course those who chose to take the name.
We do not distinguish between those who spell their surname with one "t" as opposed to two. Historically it makes no difference and in one document the name was spelled "Arbuthnot", "Arbuthnott" and Arbuthnoth". At the moment, it is generally accurate to say that most of the two "t"s are found in Scotland, while the one "t"s who are about nine times as numerous, live elsewhere.
people should be able to find and
recognise an ancestor shown in the tables
listed below; if you cannot find your branch, email us. We resist the urge to link tables
where we simply don't know of any precise connection between them other than the name.
to the tables, showing much greater detail,
are shown below with their numbers underlined.
If you have reached this page and are looking for general genealogical guidance based on our experience, you may find some help at the webpage we have recently written specifically for you. If you are looking for help re Scottish Genealogy, we recommend that you ask us first (if it is an Arbuthnot enquiry) and then lean on the Scots Ancestry Research Society. We asked them who they recommend in Ireland and they said they refer people to Ulster Historical Foundation, Balmoral Buildings, 12 College Square East, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT1 6DD or Heritage World, 26 Market Square, Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland BT70 1AB.
material shown in the tables is the
product of years of work by several people, including Margaret Ridall,
Ruth Parker, Betsy Henry, the late Mrs P S-M Arbuthnot, David John
Arbuthnot and Anthony
William Arbuthnot as well as Sir William Arbuthnot and Alexander B
Arbuthnot. The LDS has
also been a valuable source of information. The copyright statement
does not extend to
material in the public domain, nor should it be interpreted as
suggesting that Sir William
Arbuthnot did all the work involved in the North American, Australian
or South African
record our thanks to all
who have contributed information and encouragement, and beg forgiveness
from any others
who have contributed, directly or indirectly, to the compilation
of these data, but
are not currently acknowledged here. Residual errors are, of course,
Anthony Arbuthnot has written "The Descendants of James Arbuthnot of Dens" (Table M).
David John Arbuthnot has written "From Down to Doon" (Table 44).
Margaret Ridall and Betsy Henry have produced several volumes of
American / Canadian Genealogy, 3rd edition dated 2003.
(Genealogist and Webmaster of this website)
welcomes corrections, additions and amendments to the site.
Index of Arbuthnots Index of Arbuthnotts Index of non-Arbuthnot(t)s
|.||The descendants of Hugh de Swinton - the main branch||UK|
|R||4||Alexander Arbuthnot and his wife, Jean Mather, immigrated to Canada from Scotland, around 1819. They settled in Ontario. Their four daughters and their descendants located in the western Canada and in various parts of the US.||Canada & USA|
|Snippets||.||Unidentified miscellaneous information||*|
|1||1||The descendants of Samuel Arbuthnot who is believed to have come from Northern Ireland, and was in the US before 1796, when he married Esther McMarland as his second wife. He is said to have come to the US with two brothers whose identity is unknown. Samuel and Esther settled in western Pennsylvania and had 12 children, most of whom moved west. Members of this large branch are now located throughout the US. The connection with Scotland has not yet been established.||USA|
|1a||1a||The descendants of Thomas Arbuthnot and Ellen Hanna||Ireland & PA|
|2||2||This family, from County Down, Northern Ireland, are thought to be descendants of John Arbuthnot of Balleny (ca. 1670-1742) and his wife, Jean Dunbar. Charles Arbuthnot, his great-great-grandson, came to New York in 1839, settled in Pittsburgh around 1840, and married Elizabeth Shaw. Isabella Arbuthnot, his great-great- granddaughter, married John Hanna and came to the US, settling in western Pennsylvania. Eleanor Arbuthnot, another great-great-granddaughter, married her first cousin, Charles, who died in County Down before the family came to the US. Mary Ann Arbuthnot, Charles and Eleanor's daughter, the first of their children to come to the US, settled in western Pennsylvania in 1850 and married James Watt. James Mackey Arbuthnot and his sister Margaret came to western Pennsylvania next, in 1851. James married Rebecca Criswell and Margaret married Robert Pinkerton. Eleanor and six other children came to Pennsylvania before 1855. Many descendants of James and those of his sister Jane Ellen and her husband, James Warren, have remained in Pennsylvania. William Arbuthnot, thought to be another great-great-grandson of John Arbuthnot and Jean Dunbar, married Elizabeth Steel in Ireland and came to the US in the mid-19th century with several children, settling mostly in New Jersey. Rachel Arbuthnot, Eleanor's younger sister, another great-great-granddaughter of John Arbuthnot and Jean Dunbar, had come to the US with her husband, John Boyle around 1830 and settled in western Pennsylvania. At least three of the children of Eleanor's younger brother, Samuel, came to the US: Mary Eleanor Arbuthnot came to Philadelphia and married Robert Cook,Sr.; Charles Dobbin Arbuthnot married Margaret Boyles and settled in West Virginia; Samuel Edward Arbuthnot, Sr. married and settled in Maryland. Other descendants of John Arbuthnot and Jean Dunbar also immigrated to the US in the late 19th century. Descendants of these immigrants are now located throughout the US. The connection between this Table and Scotland has not yet been determined.||USA|
|3||3||The descendants of James Sawyer (or Burton) Arbuthnot. It has not been proven when or from where he came to the US. It is thought he may have been a son of John Arbuthnot and Dorothea Jones Donald of Table 58; another theory is that he was one of the brothers of Samuel, Table 1. He was in Mississippi in the late 1700s, married Catherine White and settled in Louisiana. Most members of this family live in the south, although some have settled in other parts of the country.||USA & Canada|
|4||2||The descendants of George Arbuthnot and Jean, née Mavor. One of his grandsons was George Arbuthnot who, with his wife, Margaret Wilson, came to the US from Elgin, Scotland and settled in Wisconsin in 1864. Most of their descendants remained in Wisconsin, while others moved to other parts of the US. Some of the family remain in Scotland.||USA & Scotland|
|5||2||James Arbuthnot married Mary White and settled in Pennsylvania and Ohio in the late 18th century. It has not been determined when or from where he came to the US. Their descendants are located throughout the US.||USA|
|6||4||Descendants of Robert Arbuthnot and Elizabeth, née Nevin. They came to Canada in 1834 from County Antrim, Northern Ireland and settled in Ontario. Descendants of their two children, Esther and Robert, and 16 grandchildren are located throughout Canada and the United States. The connection with Scotland has not yet been established.||Canada & USA|
|7||4||Descendants of Moses Arbuthnott and Susanna, née Jack. William Arbuthnott and his wife Margaret Wilson came to Canada from Scotland in 1913 with their 7 oldest children and settled in Manitoba. James Arbuthnott, William's brother, also came to Canada in 1913, married Henrietta Russell, and settled in Alberta. Frederick Adam Arbuthnott, a nephew, came to Canada from Scotland in 1922 and married Agnes How. Descendants of this family, and those of another brother who went to New Zealand, live throughout Canada and the US.||Canada, USA & Australasia|
|8||4||This family includes descendants of Robert Arbuthnot and Mary Bell of County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Some family members remained in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, while others settled in England, Wales and Australia. Samuel Arbuthnot, a great-grandson, married Martha Paul and lived in British Columbia. Many descendants of this family live in Alberta. The connection with Scotland has not yet been researched.||Ireland, Canada, USA & Australia|
descendants of Thomas (?) Arbuthnot and Sarah Dunbar
James Arbuthnot of Co.Down, whose mother's name was Sarah Dunbar and whose father's name may have been Thomas, went to Queensland after his marriage to Rose Johnson in 1853. They had five sons, Thomas, James, Robert, William and John, also three daughters, Margaret, Sarah, and Rose. Six generations of their descendants have lived in Queensland.
descendants of Alexander Arbuthnot and Elizabeth Brown, nee Mackenzie
This branch includes Jean Arbuthnot of Tarwin Lower and the branch after whom is named the Paddle steamer (P.S.) P.S. Alexander Arbuthnot.
|12||.||The descendants of Samuel Arbuthnot and Mary nee Arbuthnot 1768 - 1866||*|
|13||4||The descendants of Robert Arbuthnott Senior (Baillie and Provost of Montrose in the 1600s) and his wife, Jean née Beattie. Most family members remained in Scotland, while others are located in England, Australia, and New Zealand. John Arbuthnott, Sr., eight generations later, went to the US in the early 1900s and married Euphemia White. Joseph Arbuthnott, III, nine generations later, married Jean Gray and settled in Ontario in the early 1900s. John Arbuthnott, Jr., ten generations later, married Janet Howard and went to the US in the 1960s.||Scotland, Canada, USA & Australia|
|14||.||The descendants of Anna McCracken, née Arbuthnot||*|
|15||2||The descendants of William Arbuthnot and
Elizabeth née Steele
- now merged into Table 2
|16||.||The family of Lionel Gordon Arbuthnot||England|
|17||2||George B Arbuthnot emigrated to Pennsylvania where he married Lucy Butler. Some records indicate he was born in France, and is said to have been French-Canadian. He was a cotton broker in New Orleans during the Civil War and died around 1865. Lucy and her son George Washington Arbuthnot lived in Iowa. Most of the descendants in this line live in Missouri.||USA|
|18||.||The descendants of William H. Arbuthnot. - now part of Table 2||Ireland|
|19||.||The descendants of Alexander and Hellen Arbuthnott Period 1762 - 89||*|
|20||4||This family group, descendants of John Arbuthnot of Cairngall and Margaret Forbes, dispersed from Scotland to many parts of the world, with some members in Nova Scotia. Part of Tables M, N & Q||.|
|26||.||The descendants of William and Elizabeth
- Now merged into Table 10
|29||.||The descendants of John James Arbuthnot and Georgina, née Shand||Australia|
|30||.||The descendants of John Arbuthnot and Agnes, née Duncan 1655 - 92||Scotland *|
|31||4||The descendants of James Arbuthnot (1745-1815) and Katrin McPhail. This branch includes descendants of James Arbuthnot of Stirling, Scotland. Duncan Arbuthnot immigrated to Ontario, Canada in the late 19th century and married Elizabeth Glassford. James Arbuthnot, a grandnephew, immigrated to the District of Columbia, US, early in the 20th century, and married Mary Ann Flynn.||USA|
descendants of John Arbuthnot who married Mary nee Connors and of
Samuel Arbuthnot who married Mary nee Laidley.
John Arbuthnot came from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland to Ontario, Canada in the 1850s with his first wife, whose name is unknown. William, their son, remained in Ireland, but some of his grandchildren came to the US and settled in Illinois. John married Mary Connors and had 5 more children. His son John, moved to Manitoba, Samuel remained in Ontario, and Robert moved to British Columbia, from where some of his sons came to the US. Samuel Arbuthnot, John's brother, also immigrated to Ontario, Canada around 1860 and married Mary Laidlaw. Most of their descendants stayed in Ontario, while some immigrated to the US. The connection with Scotland has not yet been determined.
|USA & Canada|
|36||.||The descendants of Bernard Arbuthnot and ______, née Devlin||Ireland|
|37||2||The descendants of William Arbuthnot and his wife Susan Mawhinney who came to the US in 1884 from Glasgow with their son, Samuel Charles. Descendants live in Massachusetts.||USA|
|38||.||The descendants of Robert Arbuthnot and Mary
Jane, née Rawlings
- now merged into Table 2
|40||4||The descendants of Neil and William Arbuthnot, brothers, who, with their sister Jane, came from Argyllshire, Scotland to eastern Canada between 1840 and 1848. Neil married (Mariposa township, Ontario in 1848) Flora McLean and most of their descendants remained in Ontario, although several came to the US. William married Margaret Thorburn and many of their descendants moved to western Canada. Jane married John Thorburn.||Canada & USA|
|43||.||England & Canada|
|44||.||The descendants of William Arbuthnot and Elizabeth Ann, née Simpson who emigrated "From Down to Doon"||Australia|
|48||.||Canada and USA|
|49||.||The descendants of Thomas Arbuthnot Senior and Mary, née Gorman||Ireland|
|54||.||The descendants of Alexander Arbuthnot (b.ca.1779) and Agnes, née Drummond||Scotland, Sth Africa & Australia|
The descendants of John Arbuthnot and Mary Ann, née Rodey and his brothers
|Ireland to England|
|57||2||The descendants of William Arbuthnot (born 1765) and his wife, Nancy. They came from Ireland to Pennsylvania before 1810. Members of this family settled in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio and are now located throughout the US. The connection with Scotland has not been established.||USA|
|58||2||The descendants of John Arbuthnot and Jane, née Burton. It is thought that John's father was the immigrant ancestor of this group. Many of the members of this family settled in Indiana.||USA|
|59||2||The descendants of William Arbuthnot (died Pennsylvania 1839) and Mary.||USA|
|60||2||The descendants of Arabella Arbuthnot and Hugh Lyons||USA|
|61||.||The descendants of John Arbuthnot and Sarah, née Sterling||Ireland *|
|69||2||The descendants of William and Anna Arbuthnot||USA *|
|71||.||The descendants of Samuel and Sally Arbuthnot||Ireland *|
The descendants of James and Mary Arbuthnott 1730 - 1870
Data moved into Table 2
The descendants of Moses
Arbuthnot and Susannah, nee Jack
Part of Table 32
Merged into Table 2
The descendants of William
Arbuthnot (died 1942)
The descendants of John James
("Jock") Arbuthnot and Maude, née McKeaton
- Now merged into Table 44
|91||.||S Africa & England|
The descendants of P. Andrew Arbuthnot 1720 - 49
The descendants of Robert Arbuthnot of Peterhead
The descendants of George (?) Arbuthnott
|120||.||India & Australia|
The descendants of Nancy Arbuthnot and 1) John Thompson, 2) John McBride. Received from Hildred Finch, a 6th generation descendant. Nancy was born in Northern Ireland and married in Ontario, and the descendants intermingled with Table 6 in Canada.
|124||.||Ireland / USA|
The descendants of Samuel
Arbuthnot of Ardtrea, Northern Ireland
|126||.||Ireland & England|
|127||.||India & Australia|
Index of Arbuthnots Index of Arbuthnotts Index of non-Arbuthnot(t)s
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