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In tempore

The Crest

The ancestry traces back to archers who led the way for Joan of Arc, from Orleans to Reims while modern genealogy usually begins with Hugo de Padinan, a Norman Knight and retainer of William the Conqueror. For later service in racing through the battlefield to save the life of King Malcom of Scotland two swift greyhounds were added to his coat of arms the supporting motto 'In tempore' over his older Norman escutcheon of three ravens. He also received an estate in Renfrewshire and the settlement that evolved around it became Hughstown - the common source of variant family spellings of Houstoun, Houston and Huston.

Office of Heraldry London

A greyhound rampant on a broken column, an hour glass with the last sand running out, the motto 'in Tempore'. The description of the terms and emblems of 'Heraldry' is as follows:-

'Or, chevron, cheguy-sable and argent, between three martlets of the second crest'.
'A sand glass winged P Pr supporters, on either side a greyhound P Pr collared and chained'. (Borne by the family on the right of their ancient hereditary Barons of Scotland)
'Or-motto over the crest, "in Time"'

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A number of Houstoun, Houston, Houstown, Houstoune, Huston's and other variations of the name, coincidentally often James from around the world have collated this extensive database which currently has 50,000 entries. Special appreciation to the Late Jim Houston (New Zealand), Jim Houston (Fort Worth) & Helen Jackson (Canada) any additions, amendments or additions are welcome at
The name is territorial in origin, derived from an old barony of the name in Lanarkshire. Hugh de Padinan, who is believed to have lived in the twelfth century, was granted the lands of Kilpeter. By about the middle of the fourteenth century, these lands had become known as Huston. Sir Finlay de Hustone appears on the Ragman Roll swearing fealty to King Edward I of England in 1296.
The castle of the de Hustones was built on the site of an ancient Cistercian abbey. The family also acquired a substantial barony near
Whitburn, West Lothian, where Huston House, which was rebuilt in the eighteenth century, still stands today. Sir Patrick Hustone of that Ilk, who was probably the eleventh chief, married Agnes Campbell of Ardkinglas.
16th & 17th Centuries
During the Anglo-Scottish Wars, Sir Peter Huston fought with the Earl of Lennox on the right wing at Battle of Flodden Field in 1513, where he was killed. His son, Sir Patrick Huston of Huston, was a companion of James V of Scotland and Keeper of the Quarter Seal. He intrigued with Lord Lennox against the king, and was slain at the Battle of Linlithgow. The next Sir Patrick, his grandson, was knighted by Mary, Queen of Scots, and accompanied her when she visited Lord Darnley in Glasgow. The nineteenth chief was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia by Charles II in 1668. His son, Sir John, was falconer to Queen Mary and her husband, King William of Orange.
18th & 19th Centuries
The fifth Baronet was a prosperous merchant who had substantial interests in United States. His son, who was educated in Glasgow, made his home in Georgia (U.S. state), and he and his brother greatly increased the family’s colonial estates. They are reputed to have owned over eight thousand slaves when the thirteen American colonies broke from Great Britain and declared their independence. The Hustons renounced their Scottish titles in favour of their American wealth. From this family descended General Sam Houston, born in 1793, who fought for the independence of Texas from Mexico. He was first president of Texas and later a United States Senator. Sir Robert Houston, descended from a Renfrew branch of the family, was a prominent Victorian shipowner who was created a baronet of the United Kingdom. He is credited with developing the theory of convoys first used during the Boer War.
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First known Houstoun direct line ancestor.
Walter FitzAlan , 1st High Steward of Scotland 1099-1177

was the 1st Hereditary High Steward of Scotland (ca. 1150-1177), and described as "a Norman by culture and by blood a Breton". He was the third son of a Breton knight, Alan fitz Flaad, feudal lord of Oswestry, by his spouse Aveline, daughter of Ernoulf de Hesdin.
Knight Templar Hugh De Padinan 1133-1190
was born 1133 in Padinan, Lanark, Scotland 1st Chief Film 1903789237, and died Aft. 1178 in Palestine, Israel, Holy Land238, 239, 240. He married Scottish Chieftain's Daughte and died in 1189 in the Holy Land, amongst the Templars who were killed at the Battle of Hattin.
Sir Finlay de Hustone
Appears on the Ragman Roll swearing fealty to King Edward I of England in 1296.
Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland 1292-1326
Walter married, in 1315, Marjorie, only daughter of Robert I of Scotland by his first wife Isabella of Mar. The Lordship of Largs, forfeited by John Balliol, was bestowed upon Walter by Robert the Bruce, who also granted the Farme Castle estate in Rutherglen to him, as well as other lands and the feudal barony of Bathgate, Linlithgowshire. Walter fought on the Scottish side at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 commanding, with Douglas, the left wing of the Scots' Army.
King Robert II of Scotland 1316-1390

Reigned as King of Scots from 1371 to his death as the first monarch of the
House of Stewart. He was the son of Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland and of Marjorie Bruce, daughter of Robert the Bruce and of his first wife Isabella of Mar.
Sir Peter Houstoun 1450-1513 - Killed at Flodden -
Battling fiercely with the English foe, Sir Peter fell to rise no more. The 9th day of September, 1513, darkened over a gory field, strewn thickly with the corpses of nobility and her brave peasantry. On the same sod during that night, lie the lifeless forms of Sir Peter Houstoun and Sir Patrick Fleming along with his six brave sons. In their lives they had been together and in death, they were not divided. Other neighbors and relatives who died in the battle of Flodden included: Sir John Montgomery of Cotscaig, father-in-law of Sir Peter Houston's daughter, as well as Sir John Maxwell and others of Renfrewshire. Among the Scottish dead were 13 Earls, 14 Lords, an Archbishop, a Bishop and two Abbots. It was one of the saddest hours in all Scottish history, ten thousand dead and almost all of the leading men of the Kingdom. Every family of importance lost one or more in the great disaster. One can picture the mourning throughout the land, in the castles of Houstoun and Barochan, the widowed sister-in-law doubtless wept together.
Sir Patrick Houstoun  - Killed Sep 1525 at Linlithgow Bridge -
Was a companion of James V of Scotland and Keeper of the Quarter Seal. He intrigued with Lord Lennox against the king, and was slain at the Battle of Linlithgow.
Sir Patrick Houstoun
was knighted by Mary, Queen of Scots, and accompanied her when she visited Lord Darnley in Glasgow