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1. Patton Familly Lines PATON PATTEN PATTON .

General Notes: Gary Patton's family line is through Richard Patten (Patine) of Patten House in Chelmsford, England.

From this point you will journey through my 40 year (and still going) research on the Patton, Paton, Patoun, Patowne and associated spelling variations of the Paton / Patton / Patten Family.

Several Patton lines remain "unlinked". I have inserted these lines into my research at the generational level of Nicholas Patten of Waynflete .
Each "son" of "unlinked" represents a different line in my research, some I have been able to join but these are the remaining lines within my database for which I am currently unable to find a common ancestor. As I add more dates this will confirm additional inter-marriages within the associated Paton / Patton Families, and there has been a lot.

DNA has proven to be a useful tool and I have been able to link families in Australia and the U.S.A. to my research through DNA connections.
As at July 2022 I am currently in the process of having my Y DNA done to hopefully unravel some of the informaiton that still remains a mystery.

The Patton Family distinguished themselves at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and it was from there that they were awarded lands by the Duke William of Normandy, their leige Lord. Duke William was better known as "William The Conqueror" or "William The Bastard".

In the 15th Century the name Paton began to gain usage as a surname in Scotland, particularly in Ayrshire and Perthshire, although today it is to be found all over Scotland. Although it is not a formal Clan name.

As the family moved north into Scotland on official parochial records it is shown as Paton, Patton, Pattern, Padden, Patten, Patoun, Patowne, Patterson, Beaton and many more variations.
"Patten is also equated with MacPhadden (variant spellings MacFadzean etc) and is a sept of Clan Maclaine (of Lochbuie) p.513 Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands, Br Frank Adam FRGS, FSA Scot, published Edinburgh & London, 2nd edition Published 1923".

Although there are Paton septs of the Clan MacDonald of Clanranald, and in particular of the Clan MacLean, the name is believed to have actually started as a Christian name, meaning 'son of Pat' or 'son of Patrick', with the '-on' as a French suffix meaning 'son of' (the French equivalent of the Gaelic 'Mac', or the Norman 'Fitz').
From the 1912 book, "Surnames of the United Kingdom", two possible origins to the name are posited, the second, as already mentioned, being the most likely:
PATON 1. the French Paton, an accus. and dim. form of the O. Teut. Pato. 2. Paton is so common a surname in Scotland that it must have another source besides the French name - prob. the dim. of Patrick (q.v.), with the Fr. dim. suff, -on.
Or more simply that it was an English name that was altered due to pronunciation, education and literacy variations in early Scotland.

A bit of information on the MacLean Clan

Gaelic Name: MacGhille Eoin
Motto: Virtue mine honour
Badge: Crowberry Lands: Morven,Mull, Coll, Tiree
Origin of Name: Gaelic, MacGhille-Eoin (Son of the servant of John)
Pipe Music: The MacLean's March

Clan History

The name MacLean is rendered in gaelic "MacGille Eoin" or "son of the servant of St. John". The clan claims its descent from "Gilleathan Na Tuaidh", of the royal house of Lorn. The Duart branch of the clan claim as their progenitor Lachlan Lubanach, son of Iain Dhu MacLean of Mull, and a direct descendent of Gillean.

The MacLeans of Duart married into the family of the 1st Lord of the Isles in order to gain power and prestige, but not all of their political unions were to benefit the clan - in particular the case of Lachlan MacLean who married the daughter of the Earl of Argyll in the sixteenth century. The match was not a happy one and Lachlan took drastic action by stranding his wife on a rock and leaving her to drown. She was rescued by passing fishermen, and her kinsmen later avenged her by stabbing her husband to death.

The MacLeans were united with their Campbell in-laws in a mutual dislike of the MacDonald clan, one of the most powerful families in the Western Isles. In the sixteenth century, Lachlan Mor, chief of Duart, continually harried the MacDonalds of Islay and after his death in 1598, his sons took revenge on his suspected murderers, the MacDonalds, by carrying out a massacre of the people of Islay which lasted for three days.

The Patton's as sept's of both Clans would have been caught in the middle of this conflict.

The massacre of the MacDonald clansmen marked the point when the fortunes of the MacLean clan began to wane, and by the seventeenth century the Campbells had gained possession of Duart Castle and most of the MacLean estates. However, Duart castle was reclaimed by the family in 1911 and has now been restored as the family seat.

If you recognize any names associated with your research, and can provide documented evidence, please let me know so that we can link our "families" together.

I've attempted to validate these lines through Birth & Death information, Census and just plain good old anecdotal evidence passed down in stories through the generations (don't disregard those stories, they're very valuable in your research).

I hope you enjoy your journey through "OUR" Paton / Patton Family

Patton married someone.

+ 2    i. Richard PATTEN (PATINE), of Patten House - Chelmsford, England was born circa 1066.

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