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"MARTIN. This surname is perhaps from three sources: (1) from the personal name; (2) a shortened form of ST. MARTIN, q.v., the name of a once great family in East Lothian; and (3) possibly a curtailed form of MACMARTTN, q.v. Martin, clerk to the chancellor of William the Lion, appears in Angus, c. 1189-99 (RAA., i, 80), and Martin, medicus Willelmi regis, is mentioned within the same period (ibid., i, 8). Walter Martyn was burgess of Edinburgh, 1386 (EgidU, p. 23), and Laurence Martyn, a native of fedeworth, had letters of denisation in England, 1463 (Bain, rv, 1335). Robert Martyne was vicar of Garwok, 1497 (RAA., n, 377), Florentyne Martyn of Gyblestoune was juror on assize at Cupar, 1520 (SCBF., p. 187), and there was an old family of the name in St. Andrews in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries (Macfarlane, n, p. 183 3198), of which was George Martine (1635 51712), secretary to Archbishop Sharp. The Martins of Marshadder are descended from Martin, eldest son of Aonghas na Caoithe (Clan Donald, m, p. 567). Abraham Martin "dit rEcossais" (d- 1664), was the first king's pilot on the St. Lawrence river, Canada; the Plains of Abraham, the scene of the battle in 1759, are named from the grant of the land which he received in 1617. Mairtein and Martein 1585, Mairtene 1646, Mairtin 1650, Mairton 1663, Marttine 1660, Mertaune and Mertoune 1607, Merteine 1592, Mertene 1604, Merting 1509, Mertn 1687, Mertyne 1537, Mirtine 1688. MARTIN. Line 7 from top for denisation read denization. MARTIN. Line 7 from top for denisation read denization. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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