Table 6. Robert Arbuthnot and his wife Elizabeth
Nevin went to Canada from Co.Antrim in about 1834. They had one son, Robert who married
Ellen Miller. They had five sons and a daughter who, between them, established the Eastern
Ontario branch of the family. Their daughter, Esther, known as Ann, married James Kyle.
The Hon. Alexander, ninth son of the 7th Viscount emigrated to Canada with his wife Jean
(or Jane) Mather and their infant son, John. Alexander died in 1870. He had no male
heirs other than John who had predeceased him in 1858, but he had numerous descendants
from his four daughters, many of whom live in British Columbia. One of them, Margaret,
married John Stringer and had, by him, three sons and two daughters. Their most
distinguished descendant may be Arthur John Stringer, a renowned Canadian poet and writer.
M. In 1850 James Arbuthnot, son of
William Arbuthnot of Dens, Aberdeenshire, emigrated to the Bryne Settlement of Port Natal.
He had six sons, William, McDuff, Hubert, Fitzjames, St.George and Crofton. He also had
two daughters, Eva and Susan. This branch of the family still thrives in the area.
Catherine Taylor lives in Cape, South Africa. She is the granddaughter of the Rev. William
Arbuthnot of Arbuthnot House, Peterhead and her mother was the last of the branch of the
family to be born and brought-up there. Mrs Taylor was the Member for Wynberg in the South
African Parliament for eleven years.
K. Her mother's cousin David
Arbuthnot went to South Africa in 1929 as an extra A.D.C. to Lord Athlone and Princess
Alice and lived there until his death in 1985.
Many Arbuthnot(t)s spent their working
lives in India, initially as merchants, then in the Army or working for the Indian Civil
Service. Among others George Arbuthnot of Elderslie (Table J), brother of
Sir William Arbuthnot, Bart., went first to Ceylon and then to Madras, India, where he was
taken on as partner in the firm Lautour & Co., Bankers. He later became head of the
firm and renamed it 'Arbuthnot & Co.'. The bank crashed spectacularly in
1906. The firm of Arbuthnot, Gillanders & Co was and remains well thought of. Arbuthnot Latham & Co is a
different merchant bank, which was founded by descendants of Sir William and family
members continued to have a hand in running the company until 1984.
Most of those who worked in India retired
to Britain, but some married locally (or didn't) and some families remained there. Such
liaisons were never recognised by the families at the home and were recorded in the
baptismal registers with the name of the local girl left blank. Two of the sons of
the 8th Viscount of Arbuthnott had six Eurasian children including five sons. We have
recently posted detail on Table
E; some of their descendants live in the Bangalore area of