Noel Paton

1821 - 1901

and Family

Sir Noel Paton

Sir Joseph Noel Paton ('Noel Paton') was born in Dunfermline in 1821, son of damask designer Joseph Neil Paton and Catherine McDiarmid.

Thank you to Jim Thompson, West Jefferson, North Carolina, USA, for also providing the following additional family details.

Noel's parents were married on 23 Sept. 1819 at Dunfermline. Catherine was the daughter of Archibald McDiarmid of Kindalosain, Perthshire, and his wife, Amelia Robertson, youngest daughter of Robert Robertson at the mill of Invervack and his fourth wife, Barbara Stewart. This is based on parish records, as well as information provided in Sir Joseph's "The Celtic Earls of Atholl" (Privately printed: Dunfermline, 1873).

Sir Noel Paton's Paintings

Sir Noel Paton's paintings were exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh almost every year from 1844 to 1901.  For a list of paintings exhibited and work in progress each year, see the book:  Noel Paton 1821-1901.

Royal Scottish

    Engraving in 'Modern Athens'  -  The Royal Institution from Princes Street

The Edinburgh artist and early calotype worker, David Octavius Hill was the first Secretary of the Royal Scottish Academy,.  He held this post from 1830 until 1869.

The National Galleries of Scotland at the foot of the Mound, Edinburgh is currently [2004] displaying paintings by Noel Paton, including:

- The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania and

- The Reconciliation of Oberon and Titania

 National Galleries
 of Scotland

   Engraving from 'Old & New Edinburgh'  -  The National Gallery

Amelia Robetson Paton


Amelia Robertson Hill (nePaton) was the sister of Noel Paton.  She was a sculptress.  She married David Octavius Hill in 1862.

Waller Hugh Paton


Waller Hugh Paton, the younger brother of Noel Paton, was a Scottish landscape painter.  One of his paintings, Dunnottar Castle is on display in the Royal Scottish Academy.

Waller Hugh Paton became RSA 1865 and RSW 1878.