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"AUSTIN. (1) a diminutive of Augustine (' 'majestic'), the name of the great Father of the Church, Augustinus of Hippo, and of his namesake the first Archbishop of Canterbury. (2) an Englishing of Uisdean (Huisdean) "one of the many instances in which classical names are utilised to represent Gaelic names of a somewhat similar sound (HP., i, p. 35n)." "The Austins appear first on record as allies and supporters of the Keiths. The name was variously spelt, though in ancient records it was generally begun with Ou or Ow. Of curious interest as snowing an early connection between the families is the occurrence in 1587 of the name of Alexander Ousteane, burgess of Edinburgh, as one of the cautioners for George Keith, Earl Marshall, in an action raised against him, by Margaret Erskine, Lady Pitcarie. In the same year Alexander Oisteane, no doubt the same person, was a parliamentary representative of the Burgh of Edinburgh. In 1589 Walter Oustene, a tenant in Lochquhan (a possession of the Keith family), was one of the subscribers to a Bond of Caution imposed on a number of the landed men in the shires of Aberdeen and Kincardine, binding them to keep the peace in the struggles with the Catholic party headed by Huntly (D. Welsh Stewart, Ola and rare Scottish tartans). The Austins of the parish of Fettercairn are said to be of English descent and there during the seventeenth century (Cameron, History of Fettercairn, p. 226). John Owstyne was a tenant of earl of Douglas in the barony of Preston, 1378 (RHM., i, p. ba), Andrew Austyn was prior of Dunfermline, 1448 (RD., p. 309), and in 1503 David Ostien was prebend of Holy Trinity, Edinburgh (Soltre, p. 158). John Owstiane was burgess of Edinburgh, 1566 (RFC., i, p. 447), Alexander Oustiane deacon of the southwest quarter of the burgh in 1574 (MCM., i, p. 107), and Alexander Austene tailor there in 1594 (ER., xxn, p. 582). Mary Austine is recorded at Grangebum, 1676 (Kirkcudbright), Agnes Owstine in Reidcastle, 1681 (Dumfries), William Oustine of Kirkland, 1699 (Inquis., 8109), and Agnes Austine in Deanstoun, 1755. Austeane 1593, Oistiane 1583, Ostiane 1584, Austein, Ostian, Oustian. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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