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  • Sir Adam Johnstone of that Ilk (1360 - 1455)
    1413 - Adam Johnstone of Johnstone received a safe conduct into England. He took part in the battle of Sark on 23 October 1448 and he was afterwards one of the conservators of peace on the Borders. H...
  • Sir Alan Johnstone (1858 - 1932)
    English diplomat who married into influential French-American political family. Served as the British ambassador at Copenhagen, among other positions. From Henry Robert Addison's Who's Who , Volume 5...
  • Lady Antoinette Johnstone (deceased)
    Only daughter of French-American parents Both brothers became prominent politicians in the U.S. Husband was prominent British diplomat Son was prominent British Liberal politician Known as the ...
  • Caroline Johnstone (1706 - 1775)
         Gilbert, John’s second son, married to his Irish cousin Caroline Johnstone of Armagh, entertained his father sentiments, regarding the then rulers of Great Brita...
  • David Johnstone, of Lochwood (b. - 1519)
    3 vols. of papers relating to claims to the marquisate of Annandale.  By Parliament lords, proc, Annandale (marquisate of) . Page 20. Married Elizabeth Graham and has issue 1) John Johnstone, hi...

About the Johnstone surname

' I don't have information handy on the origin of the surname Johnstone, but would guess it derived somehow from a patryonymic - e.g. John's son - but the "stone" may have a special significance.

I do know that a Johnstone/Johnston Clan was one of if not the major Border clan in Scotland at one time. They were a large, strong, fortified, unintimidated and well-friended group. My Border Scots ancestors, the Irvings of Bonshaw were quite close with the Johnstones and they took one another's part in many a conflict.

There are several stories about the Border clans to be found on the internet and elsewhere and the Johnstones are probably mentioned in every one.

When James became King of England and Scotland, much trouble arose between him and the Border Clans. He wanted to be rid of them despite the many times they had aided him when he was King of Scotland. Many members of the Border families who were close emigrated to Ulster together and some others to America. The tendency for members of these families to marry one another continued to Ulster and probably to America as well.