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The Family of Arbuthnott

The Fortunes of the Family at Home and Abroad

From Hugh of Swinton to the present holder, the lairds of Arbuthnott have remained on their lands, adapting themselves through succeeding generations to the changing times and conditions. It is for this reason that the family have managed to stay in one place for so long, and for this reason also that few lairds have made their mark on the world outside, most preferring to husband their estate themselves rather than leave it to others while seeking power through politics or by courting royal favour. Thus they avoided the extremes of fortune experienced by other Scottish noble families.

It was left to the younger sons to set off into the wider world to find fame and fortune.

The first known migrations were in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when Arbuthnots settled in Aberdeenshire and Edinburgh. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries others went to France, strengthening the historical link between Scotland and France - 'the auld alliance'. Then in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries they started their travels to England and Ireland, then India, America, Canada, South Africa, and finally the Antipodes.

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