A subset of the above page, a neat set of Johnston links: other Johnston home pages, castles, clan history, books on Johnston's and other clan histories, other clan's links, heraldry, etc. If you enjoy Scottish history, you can spend a whole day chasing down all these links!
The Johnston(e) Clan in America, Inc. page. This is an organization dedicated to the Johnston's in America, has a newsletter, etc.
A Johnston Bulletin board, just say hi, look for family looking for you, or post your own query or Johnston relationship. (The Post button is at the bottom of the page.)
The Johnson Family Page has graciously included us Johnston's in their page. You will find other Johnston pages, as well as links to famous Johnson's and Johnston's, and other Johnston tidbits included in with the Johnson information. (They have the Johnston's as a variant spelling of Johnson. This isn't true, of course, the Johnston's have their own heritage and history, dating back to 1100 A.D., completely separate from the Johnson's, but we won't let this technical detail prevent us from using the Johnson resources <GRIN>) Seriously though, some Johnston's may have changed names to Johnson and vice versa, and various genealogical resources may have spelled your Johnston's name as Johnson somewhere along the way.
See the GenJohnson page for a FAQ on the Johnson discussion group, which includes folks interested in Johnston's. This includes how to view queries or place queries with the Johnson/Johnston Ancestor RefList. To subscribe to the mail list, send an EMail to: email@example.com and place "sub johnson", without the quotes in the subject and the body and turn off your signature.
We believe our Johnstons were in the southeastern part of Scotland, bounded on the most extreme southeast corner by Berwick-on-Tweed. This Berwick-on-Tweed Web Page is about that town, its history and some photographs.
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I have found references that Clan Beattie is a sept of Clan MacBain, Clan MacBean, Clan MacKay, and Clan MacBeth. I have also seen references that Clan MacBean is a sept of Clan MacBain and that Clan MacBain is a sept of Clan MacKay. And that Clan MacKay, in different parts of Scotland is a sept of Clans MacDonald and Davidson. And also that Clan MacBeath is a sept of Clan MacBeth. Confusing huh?
Modern name dictionaries that I have consulted indicate Beattie is a derivative, or "nickname" coming from both the biblical name Bartholomew and the name Beatrice. So, I remain unconvinced that a surname of Beattie may not also have arisen in other cultures and countries, particularly where, for example, the Catholic Church would have been. Just a guess on my part.
Gillis MacBean has earned his place in Scottish folklore from his courageous actions at the Battle of Culloden.
Web page on my immigrant ancestor, Thomas Bruce.
Copyright, Norris Taylor, 1998