Clan Baxter History

Kilmaron Castle, near Cupar in Fife

Kilmaron Castle, near Cupar in Fife

The name originates from ‘bakester’, meaning ‘woman baker’

In Latin charters the name is written as ‘pistor’  and between 1153 and 1177 William Pistor witnessed a grant by David Olifard to the Hospital of Soltre.  Also in 1188 and 1202, Alfred Pistor was one of the witnesses to a charter of the kirk of Haddington.

Thomas dictus Baxter, burgess of Irvine, made a grant in 1323 for support of a chaplain in the parish church of Irvine and Hutredus pistor was burgess of Roxburgh in 1330.

In 1312 William Baxtare was a crossbowman at Edinburgh Castle and in 1398 Robert Baxter was a town official in Aberdeen.

The name is commonly found in Angus as well as Fife, where a Baxter family built Kilmaron Castle near Cupar around 1820.

The Baxters of Kincaldrum brought power-weaving to the City of Dundee, prospering as a result and making various gifts to the city, including Baxter Park.

A Baxter family in Fochabers in Moray built up a successful business selling high quality soups made from local produce.

Stanley Baxter is a well known Glaswegian actor and comedian, appearing in many TV and stage shows.

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