This name HUNTINGDON was from the Honour of Huntingdon in England, which came into the hands of the Royal Family of Scotland through the marriage of David, brother of Alexander I to Matilda, daughter of the Countess Judith, niece of William the Conqueror and Waltheof, earl of Northumberland. Early records of the name mention Johannes de Huntenden, who witnessed a charter in Scotland in the year 1189. John de Huntedun, rector of the church of Duresdere in the year 1200, and he witnessed an agreement between the abbot of Kelso and a Bernard de Hauden in the year 1202. Alba, the country which became Scotland, was once shared by four races; the Picts who controlled most of the land north of the Central Belt; the Britons, who had their capital at Dumbarton and held sway over the south west, including modern Cumbria; the Angles, who were Germanic in origin and annexed much of the Eastern Borders in the seventh century, and the Scots. The latter came to Alba from the north of Ireland late in the 5th century to establish a colony in present day Argyll, which they named Dalriada, after their homeland. The Latin name SCOTTI simply means a Gaelic speaker. An eminent member of the name was Selina Huntingdon (1707-91) the English Methodist leader, the daughter of Earl Ferrers. In 1728, she married the Earl of Huntingdon, and joined the Methodists in 1739. For the education of minsters she established in 1768 a college at Trevecca in Breckonshire, and built and brought numerous chapels, the principal one at Bath. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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