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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.

Most 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.

Links 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.

The material shown in the tables is the product of years of work by several people, including Margaret Ridall, Phyllis Hughes, 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 genealogy.    We 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, our own responsibility.
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.

Note: Sir William Arbuthnot (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

 

Genealogical tables
Table Book Description Comment

  A - Q

. 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
  10 . The 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.
Queensland, Australia
  11 . The 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.
Australia
  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 .
  21 . Unidentified Arbuthnot(t)s *
    26 . The descendants of William and Elizabeth Arbuthnot
- Now merged into Table 10
Australia
  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
  32 4 The 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
  34 .

The identity of Malcolm Arbuthnot, RI, FRSA (1874 - Dec 1967)

*
  35 .

The descendants of Joshua Arbuthnot, Sr and Anne, née Cheyne and of his brother, William John Arbuthnot

Ireland
  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
.
  39 .

The descendants of Stephen Arbuthnott and Margaret, née Findlay  1769 - 1865

Scotland *
  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
  41 .

The descendants of John Arbuthnott and Jane Niddrie, née McCrow  1820 - 2000

Scotland *
  43 .

The descendants of George Arbuthnot and Mary nee Gregory

England & Canada
  44 . The descendants of William Arbuthnot and Elizabeth Ann, née Simpson who emigrated "From Down to Doon" Australia
  45 .

The descendants of William John Arbuthnot and Mary Jane, née Snowdon

Ireland
  46 .

The descendants of Hugh Sterling Arbuthnot

Ireland
  47 .

The descendants of John Arbuthnot and Sarah Jane, née Wilson

Ireland *
  48 .

Merged with Table 2

Canada and USA
  49 . The descendants of Thomas Arbuthnot Senior and Mary, née Gorman Ireland
  51 .

The descendants of Charles Arbuthnot (born ca.1765)

Ireland *
  52 .

The descendants of William Arbuthnott and Ann, née Alexander  1800 - 1820

Scotland *
  53 .

The descendants of Francis Arbuthnot and Margaret, née Bannerman  1730 - 1750

Scotland *
  54 . The descendants of Alexander Arbuthnot (b.ca.1779) and Agnes, née Drummond Scotland, Sth Africa &  Australia
  55 .

The descendants of James Arbuthnot and Elizabeth, née Milne  1700 - 1763

Scotland *
  56 .

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 *
62 .

The descendants of William Arbuthnot and Isabella, née Stewart

Ireland *
63 2

The descendants of John Arbuthnot, Senior and Elizabeth, née Benson

Ireland *
64 .

The descendants of Alexander Arbuthnot and Mary, née Anderson

Ireland *
65 .

The descendants of William Arbuthnot and Florence McCullough 1880 - 1945

England *
66 .

The descendants of James Arbuthnott Senior and Jean, née Ford 1785 - 2000

Scotland *
67 .

The descendants of James Arbuthnot Senior and Isobel, née Scott

Scotland *
68 .

The descendants of Francis Arbuthnot and Margaret, née Miller

Ireland *
69 2 The descendants of William and Anna Arbuthnot USA *
70 .

The descendants of William McClenaghan and Isabella, née Arbuthnot

Ireland *
  71 . The descendants of Samuel and Sally Arbuthnot Ireland *
  72 .

The descendants of James and Mary Arbuthnott  1730 - 1870

Scotland *
  73 .

The descendants of Robert Arbuthnot 

Scotland *
  74 .

The descendants of Alexander Arbuthnot and Anna, née Keith 1660 - 1683

Scotland *
  75 .

The descendants of Rev Nicholas Arbuthnot of Newton Hamilton including the Arbuthnot-Lane family

Ireland *
  76 .

Data moved into Table 2

Ireland
   77 .

The descendants of Moses Arbuthnot and Susannah, nee Jack
- Now part of Table 7

Scotland
  78 .

The descendants of Robert Arbuthnot and Elizabeth, née Fergussone 1700 - 1723

Scotland *
   79 .

Part of Table 32

USA
  80 .

Merged into Table 2

Ireland
  81 .

The descendants of Thomas Arbuthnot and Harriet Rebecca, née Boyle

Ireland *
   82 .

The descendants of William Arbuthnot (died 1942)
- merged into Table 32

Ireland
  83 .

The descendants of George Arbuthnot, Senior, landed proprietor  1777 - 1857

Scotland *
  84 .

The descendants of Thomas Arbuthnot and Agnes, née Bell

Scotland *
  85 .

The descendants of John Arbuthnot, Sr

Ireland *
  86 .

The descendants of Robert Arbuthnot

Scotland *
   87 .

The descendants of John James ("Jock") Arbuthnot and Maude, née McKeaton
- Now merged into Table 10

Australia
   88 .

- Now merged into Table 44

Australia
  89 .

The descendants of George Arbuthnot and Elizabeth Taylor

Scotland *
  90 .

The descendants of Andrew Arbuthnot and Janet, née Glennie   1670 - 83

Scotland *
  91 .

The descendants of George Arbuthnot and Anne, née Ballantine

S Africa & England
  92 .

The descendants of Robert William Arbuthnot

Scotland *
  93 .

The descendants of John Arbuthnot Senior and Issobel, née Smith  1646 - 58

Scotland *
  94 .

The descendants of P. Andrew Arbuthnot   1720 - 49

Scotland *
  95 .

The descendants of Alexander Arbuthnot and Susanna, née Nairn   1710 - 32

Scotland *
  96 .

The descendants of Luke Arbuthnot and Isobel, née Simsone   1660 - 70

Scotland *
  97 .

The descendants of Joseph Dunlap Sr and Elizabeth Arbuthnot   1800-1980

USA *
  98 .

The descendants of David Arbuthnot and Jeane, née Barclay    1625 - 45

Scotland *
  101 .

The descendants of Francis Arbuthnot and Elspet, née Menmuir   1680

Scotland *
  102 .

The descendants of Alexander Arbuthnot, Senior of Craig   1660 - 85

Scotland *
  104 .

The descendants of James Arbuthnot Senior and Anne, née Third  1735 - 51

Scotland *
  105 .

The descendants of Thomas Arbuthnot of Peterhead   1715 - 20

Scotland *
  107 .

The descendants of John Arbuthnot and Anne, née Herod   c.1765

Scotland *
  108 .

The descendants of Charles Arbuthnot and Jane, née McGregor

Scotland *
  109 .

The descendants of Alexander Arbuthnot of Montrose   1605 - 22

Scotland *
  110 .

The descendants of James Arbuthnott, Senior of Montrose   1610 - 24

Scotland *
  112 .

The descendants of Robert Arbuthnot of Peterhead

Scotland
  113 .

The descendants of George (?) Arbuthnott

Scotland
  114 .

The descendants of John Arbuthnot of Montrose  1600 - 20

Scotland *
  115 .

The descendants of another? John Arbuthnot of Montrose 1620 - 47

Scotland *
  116 .

The descendants of Robert Arbuthnott of India

India
  117 .

The descendants of Thomas Arbuthnot, Sr in Scotstoune & in Seatonne  1657 - 77

Scotland *
  118 .

The descendants of Francis Parke and Catherine Arbuthnot

Australia *
  119 .

The descendants of William Dallas and Margaret Arbuthnott

Scotland *
  120 .

The descendants of William and Adelaide Arbuthnot

India & Australia
  121 .

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.

Canada
  122 .

The descendants of Elizabeth Arbuthnot, who married Mr Wilson in Ireland before emigrating to New York.

USA
  123 .

The descendants of Alexandre Arbuthnott and Annelia, née Louis

Haiti
  124 .

The descendants of William and Matilda Catherine  Arbuthnot

Ireland / USA
  125 .

The descendants of Samuel Arbuthnot of Ardtrea, Northern Ireland
- Now part of Table 8

Australia
  126 .

The descendants of James and Alice Arbuthnot  of Aspull, Lancashire

Ireland & England
  127 .

The descendants of Henry and Kate Arbuthnott
The descendants of Francis George Arbuthnott

India & Australia
  A-S .

The Arbuthnot Shearer family

England
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