He was present at the nuptials of his grandson Patrick Hunter with Marion Cunninghame on 15th August 1662 signed the marriage contract and lived to see their children He died about 1665 aged 74 as appears by two epitaphs one in Latin and the other in English which are still preserved The former is of considerable literary merit and contains a clever play on the name Venator or Hunter the latter is quaint and curious but is too long to allow of aught but a few statistical extracts The poet laments that:-
"Loe heir a cedare lys that seventie four years stood By Neptune's strande spreading his blossoms fair Feiding and sheltering Hunters in the Wood Bravely out darringe the cold winter's air "
Then apostrophising "subtile Tyme", who in "Scaventio four years"
"Hath chased to death this worthie man"
he tells him trinmphantly,
"Tea in dispyt your long continued chAse, He saw his children's children's children's face"
But he adds mournfully,
"But can we cease to sighe when we doe mynd How thou repaired our Huntar's ancient townc How Judgement Witt and Righteousness combined To make thy grate old age a glorious Crowne"
Patrick Hunter left issue:-
1 Robert entered Glasgow College on 27th July 1627 who succeeded
2 Henry a minister of tho Church of Scotland He was Laurcated in the University of Glasgow in 1650 entered the ministry and settled at Dromore in Ireland He was ejected by Jeremy Taylor Bishop of Down in 1661 along with sixty co presbyters for non conformity He visited Scotland occasionally during the persecutions which followed but kept up a connection with his flock at Dromore to whom ho was ultimately restored in 1670 and he died amongst them unmarried in November 1678 He was an accomplished scholar and was doubtless the author of the Latin epitaph above alluded to
3 Francis from whom it is supposed that tho Hunters of Long Calderwood were descended and of which family was the eminent physician Dr Wm Hunter who was the son of John Hunter of Long Calderwood by Agnes Paul his wifo daughter of Mr Paul sometime Treasurer of Glasgow who was born 23d May 1718 at Easter Kilbride in Lanarkshire Ho died at London 80th March 1783 and he bequeathed his valuable museum to the University of Glasgow at which College he had been educated His brother the celebrated John Hunter who will ever hold a foremost place in the history of science as a surgeon an anatomist and a philosophor was born on the 13th February 1728 Ho married Anne Home daughter of Mr Home Burgeon of Burgoyne's Regiment of Light Horse a sister of Sir Everard Home and tho authoress of the words of all the canzonets of Haydn He died at London where he had long practised with unrivalled reputation 16th October 1793 Their sister Dorothy married to Dr James Baillie professor of divinity in the University of Glasgow was mother of Dr Baillic physician to the King and of Joanna Baillie the authoress of several works of great merit .
The great grandson of Archibald younger brother of John Hunter of Long Calderwood is William Hunter MD of WooJ bank Largs late of the Coldstream Guards who was gazetted to the regiment on the 10th February 1814 and retired after haviug been surgeon major for the last seven years on the 2d September 1845 He served with that distinguished corps in the Peninsula and was present at the sortie by the French from the citadel of Bayonne where the Coldstreams lost 8 officers and nearly 200 men in killed and wounded He was present at the battleB of Quatre Bras and Waterloo at the capture of Paris and remained in France with the army of occupation until Nov 1818 when the regiment returned to England He married Helen daughter of the Rev David Wilkie and sister of the celebrated David Wilkie RA .
Patrick Hunter of Hunterston had likewise by his wife Jean Cuninghame two daughters
1 married about 1640 to Alexander Cuninghame of Carlung a cadet of the Glencairn family
2 Jean married about 1653 to David Kennedy of Balmaclana chan and Craig He was succeeded by his eldest son Robert Hunter of Hunterston or of that Ilk who is designed younger of Hunterston in the Roole of the Remonstrators 1650 as well as in a charter dated 19th November 1658 by Richard Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England in favour of himself and of the heirs of his marriage with his late wife Elizabeth daughter of Patrick Craufurd of Auchinames by his cousin and wife Jean Crawfurd of Cors bie in the lands of Hunterston.
He married secondly Marion eldest daughter of James Cuninghame of Aiket a descendant of the house of Glencairn by Euphan daughter of the Rev William Russell minister of Kilbride as appears by a precept of sasine following the above charter of the 7th December 1658 He with Marion Cuninghame was infeft as heir of his father in Hielies in 1669 and his last deed is dated in June 1674 By his second marriage he had no issue by his first he had four sons and one daughter
1 Patrick his heir
2 Robert Huntor AM (1643) of Glasgow University, minister of Kilbride ancestor of the Hunters of Kirkland.
3 James bred to the bar who married Margaret Spalding the Rev John Spalding minister at Urcghorn by whom had General Robert Hunter who died Governor of 1734 He married Lady Mary Dalziel only child of fourth Earl of Carnwarth and widow of John Lord colonel of the Scots Greys second son of John second Tweeddalc His descendants are the Orby Hunters of land Abbey Lincolnshire
4 Hugh who was a physician in Kilmarnock
1 Jean who married Rev John Spalding minister of Deghorn.
He died in December 1679 and was succeeded by his eldest son
Patrick Hunter of Hunterston or of that Ilk whose retour is dated 19th January 1680 and who married Marion daughter of John Cuninghame of Langmuir (whose son Alexander is styled of Kerrie Lament in the Isle of Bute) by Dorothea Cuninghame, his wife during the lifetime of his father and of his grandfather in 1662. By this marriage he acquired the lands of Langmuir. His title to his estate was ratified by King William III and the estates of Parliament on the 27th June 1698 "in consideration of good and faithful services done and performed to his Majesty and his royal progenitors". He died towards the end of 1699 leaving the following issue
1 Patrick who succeeded
2 Henry who was ordained minister of Mcarns in 1713 and died in 1733
1 Dorothea married to Henry Cuninghame of Carlung and had a numerous issue
2 Marian married in 1604 to John Peebles of Crawfield without issue
3 Anna married in 1702 to Alexander Cuninghame of Cloghe, county Tyrone
He wAs succeeded by his eldest son Patrick Hunter of Hunterston or of that Ilk who having at a meeting of gentlemen at Largs on the 1st July 1689 acknowledged a leaning towards King James VII would have been treated as a rebel but for the timely interference of Crawfurd of Kilbirny, who broke his sword and privately wrote to his father the Laird of Hunterston as follows :-
Keisoland 2d July 1680
The kindness I have for you and your family forced me to inform you with very much trouble, that your son had the misfortune yesterday to own King James's interest and to quarrel with the gentlemen who were witnesses to it who urge rae mightily to acquaint the publick with it, which I must do for my own safety if you get it not prevented being engaged in the service of the jurisdictione and therefore my best advice to you is that you would come to the Largs about four o clock in the afternoon and to try if you can prevail with the gentlemen that your son be not represented in which I will do your son all the kindness I can as I did yesterday though I was forced to break his sword to prevent his greater danger. Let none know that I have given you this advertisement
I am, Sir,
Your humble servt,
He married Marion eldest daughter of Thomas Crawfurd of Crawfurdsburn or Cartsburn on the 5th May 1704. Hospitable and extravagant it was not until he had alienated a considerable portion of the estates of the family that he was induced by Lord Glasgow to execute a conveyance of his rents of Hunterston to his eldest son Patrick out of the sincere regard he had for the preservation of his family with power to him to uplift and employ the samen for the best uses of mentaining and preservation of the memory of the family, reserving to himself to be mentained in the house of Hunterstoun in bed board and washing as the circumstances will allow.
This curious document is written by David Earl ef Glasgow and subseribed at Kelburn House on the 3d January 1729. He died on 9th November 1738 having had issue by Marion Crawfurd his wife five sons and five daughters.
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