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AUCHMUTY, or auch-moot-i, augh or haugh of moot or judgment, a surname derived from lands in the parish of Newburn, anciently called Drumeldry, (Drum, hill, eldry elderi or alderi, of the wise men or elders) Fifeshire, once belonging to an old family styled Auchmontie of that ilk. The estate of Drumeldry, now the property of Thomas Calderwood Durham, Esq. of Largo, and Lawhill, now called Hallhill, the residence of Charles Halket Craigie, Esq., at one time formed part of the barony of Auchmoutie. In 1600 Capt. Auchmuty, a descendant of the ancient Fifeshire house of Auchmuty, settled at Brianstown, county of Longford, Ireland, and his posterity, now named Achmuty, still possess that estate. A branch of the Brianstown family, who continue to spell their name Auchmuty, are the proprietors of Kilmore House in the county of Roscommon. The name is not a very common one, but uncouth as it may sound in the ears of our English neighbours, it has been rendered familiar hy the deeds of Major-general Sir Samuel B. Auchmuty, C. B., who in 1807 distinguished himself in the reduction of Monte Video, on the river Plats.

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