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There would appear to be several theories concerning the origin of the name of Middleton and by no means confined to Scotland, but it is believed that the family took its name from lands so called near Laurencekirk in Kincardineshire.  There are many variations of the spelling such as Mydiltoune 1488, Mediltoune in Glentanner in 1503, Mideltowne 1642, Midiltoun 1430, Midtoun 1652, Myddiltoun 1508, Myddiltoune 1471 and Mydilton 1500, all of which seem to emphasise the ‘middle town’ origin.  

Humphrey de Middleton of Kincardyn rendered homage to Edward I of England in the Ragman Roll of 1296, and in the same year Robert de Middleton was taken prisoner at Dunbar Castle.  The family came to prominence in the 17th century.  John, son of Middleton of Coldham, was a soldier who returned to Scotland in 1642 to enter the service of opponents of Charles I.  However, he was deeply unhappy about the decision to surrender Charles I to the Parliamentarian army, and later joined forces with the Duke of Hamilton to try and rescue the king.  Having been exiled on the continent, he was made Earl of Middleton upon the Restoration.  The title was forfeited following the family’s opposition to the accession of Queen Mary and William of Orange.  The origin of this tartan is unknown.  It is based on the MacDonald of Sleat.

Humphrey de Middleton of Kincardyn rendered homage to Edward I of England in the Ragman Roll of 1296, and in the same year Robert de Middleton was taken prisoner at Dunbar Castle.  The family came to prominence in the 17th century.  John, son of Middleton of Coldham, was a soldier who returned to Scotland in 1642 to enter the service of opponents of Charles I.  However, he was deeply unhappy about the decision to surrender Charles I to the Parliamentarian army, and later joined forces with the Duke of Hamilton to try and rescue the king.  Having been exiled on the continent, he was made Earl of Middleton upon the Restoration.  The title was forfeited following the family’s opposition to the accession of Queen Mary and William of Orange.  The origin of this tartan is unknown.  It is based on the MacDonald of Sleat.

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