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Clan Aiton are a Scottish kin-group in the Scottish Borders who do not have a recognized chief and are therefore considered an armigerous clan.  This name, perhaps more commonly spelt 'Ayton', probably derives from the lands of Ayton in Berwickshire. The name itself is given by Black to mean a town on the banks of the River Aye. Alternative spellings are Eytoun, Aytoun, Ayton, Aton or Aitoun.

In common with many other clans, the earliest recorded Aitons were Norman knights. There is believed to have been an ancient castle at Ayton, which would undoubtedly have been the scene of many border disputes. The principal family ended in an heiress who married George Hume, and the greater part of the family lands then passed into that family until James, son of the sixth Earl of Hume, had his estates forfeited for following the Jacobite cause in the rising of 1715. Aiton is considered a sept of Clan Home or Hume

William Aiton, born near Hamilton (1731-1793) was a noted gardener who, gaining the favour of George III, was involved in the establishment of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. His son, also William Aiton (1766-1849) was also a botanist and succeeded his father as director at Kew Gardens in 1793. He was commissioned by George IV to lay out the gardens at the Royal Brighton Pavilion and the gardens at Buckingham Palace.

Clan Aiton, Scottish Border Clan

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