Ferquhard Betoun is my 9th great grandfather. Betoun was also spelled Bethune in some of the genealogy records. It was apparently pronounced Beaton and that it the spelling that the family ended up with once they immigrated to Prince Edward Island on the Polly in 1803.
Flat River Cemetery is where Dad wanted to be buried. He talked about this passionately but the last burial took place in 1963 and I don’t think the cemetery is in use any more. I hope he forgives us for putting him in Bay Fortune Cemetery.
Turns out he had a reason for loving Flat River Cemetery. It exists on part of the 250 acres that the Earl of Selkirk gave Angus Beaton in 1806. Angus is my fifth great grandfather and the son of Malcolm who was the son of Angus who was the son of Angus, the son of Ferquhard.
Can you see how difficult it is to sort out ancestors with so many similar names. Angus Beaton was also known as Aonghus MacChaluim. I am speculating but on Prince Edward Island people are still known by such family names. Jack George is Jack the son of George.
If you say Aonghus MacChaluim out loud, you will hear Angus Malcolm. And that is who Angus Beaton was – Angus the son of Malcolm.
Rumor has it that Angus Beaton (1728-1825) was the first person buried in Flat River. Angus had a lot of sons. One of them was Donald (1772-1867) who had a son Malcolm. Malcolm Beaton (1799-1877) was also buried in Flat River. His tombstone is shown to the right.
Malcolm married Christy MacLeod (1802-1853). Their son John Beaton (1832-1889) was known as Lame John Beaton. At least this is what my father told me. Lame John was a school teacher. He was also a shopkeeper and his store was close to the school. He would teach but if he saw someone come into the store, he would set the students to a task and go to the store to tend to business.
Malcolm and Christy had a daughter Christine Mary Anne Beaton (1864-1906). Christine married David Reid. That’s her picture above.
However, back to Ferquhard Betoun. He was born on the Isle of Skye in 1597. At the age of 26, in 1623, he married Marjory Boswell. They had at least five sons. Angus Ewan was born in 1624, Peter (1626), Kenneth (1630), Neil (1632), and John (1634).
Ferquhard’s parents were Angus (1571) and Anna (1576) Beaton. He was named for his grandfather Ferquhard (1542-1574). His great grandfather was Angus (1515). This line can be traced back to Angus’ father Peter, his father Archibald, Archibald’s father John, then another Archibald and another John.
This latter John (1343-1386) was the son of Robert de Bethune. Robert’s parents were Alexander de Bethune (1281-1332) and Isabel D’Estouteville (1287). Isabelle came from Normandy, France. Alexander was born in Scotland to Jean de Bethune from Belgium and Jeanne de Coucy from France. Alexander’s father was Guillaume de Bethune IV. His grandfather was Guillaume de Bethune III. He was born in Belgium around 1202.
Okay, in the 1200s there was some moving around but once the Beatons got settled on the Isle of Skye, they were fairly stationary until Angus came to Prince Edward Island. I am looking to see what else I can find about Ferquhard and will add it here when I can.