Hugh de Paduinan

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Sir Hugh de Paduinan (1140 – 1189) was a Scoto-Norman baron, Knight Templar and progenitor of the Clan Houston. Both Sir Hugh's given name and surname are subject to a number of different spellings: Hugh or Hugo and Paduinan, Padinan and Padvinan.

Sir Hugh was granted lands in the historic county of Renfrewshire and gave his name to the village of Houston, deriving from 'Hugh's town'.


Sir Hugh was born in 1140 of Anglo-Norman ancestry. He is believed to have married a Scottish lord's daughter, and his heir was his son Reginald. He was a follower of Sir Walter Fitzalan.[1] Both Sir Hugh and his descendants often arise as signatories of deeds, particularly pertaining to Scottish churches.[2]

He died in 1189 in the Holy Land, possibly amongst the Templars who were killed at the Battle of Hattin.[citation needed]

Sir Hugh is occasionally confused with Hugues de Payens (otherwise spelled Payan, Peanz, Payns or Pedano), a similarly named Knight Templar associated with the churches of Scotland.[3]

Lands at Kilpeter[edit]

During the reign of Malcolm IV of Scotland Sir Hugh was granted the lands of Kilpeter, around the modern parish of Houston and Killellan in the west-central Lowlands of Scotland county of Renfrewshire, by Baldwin of Biggar, the Sheriff of Lanark. Baldwin may have been Sir Hugh's father in law. His descendants remained the Lairds of Houston until 1740, where the lands were sold to Alexander Speirs of Elderslie, a Glasgow tobacco lord.[2][4][5]

The main village in the area now bears the name Houston.


  1. ^ "The Upper Ward of Lanarkshire, Described and Delineated", George Vere Irving, page 499-500
  2. ^ a b "Descriptions of the Sheriffdoms of Lanark and Renfrew", William Hamilton , pp. 99–100
  3. ^ The Real History Behind the Templars By Sharan Newman pp. 12–13
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  • Huston, Cleburne. Bold Legacy: The Story of the Houston - Huston Ancestors, Library Binding Co., 1968.