Traditional Porteous Coat-of-Arms


Pictures of various members of the Porteous and Porteus families (and variant spellings), well-known and lesser known, through the ages.

The pictures in the slideshow include the following family members:

Robert Sidney Porteous (1862–1927), cabinet maker and furniture manufacturer of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

Archibald Porteous, (1819–86), born Kirkpatrick-Fleming, Dumfriesshire, emigrated to Canada before 1849, married Nancy Black ca 1854.

Charles Portis (born 1933), author, True Grit, Norwood and other bestsellers, one of the greatest (yet under-estimated) contemporary American novelists.

Rt Rev Beilby Porteus, DD (1731–1809), born in York, England, was ordained 1757 and became Chaplain to the King 1769; Bishop of Chester 1776; Lord Bishop of London 1787. Renowned as a popular preacher and determined reformer of the Church of England, he was a fervent campaigner for abolition of the slave trade.

Capt Patrick Porteous, VC (1918–2000), No 4 Commando, Royal Artillery, for distinguished service in the Dieppe raid of World War II in August 1942 was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest British military honour. He later achieved the rank of Colonel, retiring from the Army in 1970, and had the honour of being in the leading car at the late Queen Mother's 100th Birthday Parade prior to his death in August 2000.

Rev John Porteous, first minister of Knox Presbyterian Church, St Catherine's, Ontario, Canada, 1842–47. He was inducted on December 7th, 1842 and a property was purchased on Centre Street, where a small brick church was built by 1844. The congregation quickly outgrew this building and in 1860 a larger church was erected.

Rear-Admiral WW Porteous, Royal Canadian Navy (served 1919–59). Elected in 1971 to the Canadian Forces Sports Hall of Fame for outstanding achievement in boxing and cross country running. (1922–24 Atlantic Fleet Middleweight boxing champion; 1921–23 Atlantic Fleet cross country running champion).

Harry Graeme Porteous (1875–1951), New Zealand Rugby Football international player (the All-Blacks), 1903 season.

Hon George Porteous, MBE, CM, DD (1903–88), Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1976–77. Worked for the YMCA and during the Second World War served in the Pacific theater with the YMCA Auxiliary Service, spending part of this time as a Japanese prisoner of war. Awarded the Order of Canada in 1974 for dedication to community affairs.

George Porteous (1851–1904), cabinet maker and designer, born near Whitby, Ontario; died 1904, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Married (1) Margaret Reid 1874; (2) Agnes Clark Moir, 1892.

James Porteous (1848–1922), emigrated from Scotland to California, 1873, founder of Fresno Agricultural Works and inventor of the Fresno Scraper, designated by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers History and Heritage Committee as an International Landmark. It is featured prominently in the Fresno Metropolitan Museum.

Robert Portus (1861–1925) born Gateshead, County Durham, England, married Anne Gillett ca 1885, Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

Lieut Francis Pender Porteous (1848–79), 24th Foot (2nd Warwickshire Regiment) played a key role and was killed at Battle of Isandlwana, South Africa campaign, 22nd January 1879, aged 31.

RS 'Skip' Porteous (1896–1963), author, Melbourne, Australia, best known for his prize-winning novel Cattleman, published in 1960. Prior to becoming a writer Syd Porteous tried his hand at many other occupations. He served with the Australian Light Horse in the First World War; became a commercial artist during the early 1920s; was later a Jackeroo; and then part-owner of a Queensland cattle property.

Dr William James Porteous (1884–1969), New Zealand Presbyterian Church, missionary doctor in Shahabad, Punjab, India, 1908–26, he established the mission hospital at Jagadhri, India; one of the so-called 'Punjab Pioneers'.

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