~ GENERAL SIR JOSEPH M. STRATON ~
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Straton formerly had the name of Muter.
He was appointed Colonel of three cavalry regiments within the space of two years.
28th Jan 1839 - 23rd Aug 1839 17th Lancers
24th Aug 1839 - 29th Apr 1840 8th Hussars
30th Apr 1840 - 25th Oct 1840 6th Dragoons
Sir Joseph Straton, K.C.H Appointed 28th June, 1839.
Joseph Muter entered the 2nd Dragoon Guards as cornet in
December, 1794, and did all his service under his proper name, changing
it in 1816 on coming into the estate of Straton of
Kirkside, St Cyrus, near Montrose.
Lieutenant in December, 1795, he was promoted to a troop in the
13th Light Dragoons on the 2nd March, 1797, got his majority in 1801,
and after studying at the Royal Military College, High Wycombe, during
1804 and 1805, he passed out well, and was appointed to the Duke of
A lieut.-colonel in 1808, he sailed for the Peninsula with the
13th in the early part of 1810, and served through three campaigns with a
regiment that was always hard at it.
He was mentioned in despatches for the gallantry with which he
led them at Arroyo de Molinos, and on the 4th June, 1813, he was
transferred to the Inniskilling Dragoons.
Colonel, June, 1814, he commanded the Inniskillings at Waterloo,
where they formed part of the famous Union Brigade, and later in the
day, after the death of Ponsonby, Colonel Muter took charge of the
brigade until, wounded towards the end, he was succeeded by Clifton, of
the Royals, who, oddly enough, followed him in the colonelcy of the 17th
Medal and C.B.; 4th class of St . Vladimir of Russia, and K.C.H.,
Sir Joseph, now Straton, became major-general, 1825; lieut.-general,
1838; colonel of the 17th, June, 1839; and was transferred to the 8th
Hussars in August, following Keir Grant, under whom the 17th had served
in the Pindari wars, and who had followed Banastre Tarleton in the
colonelcy of the King's Royal Irish.
Leaving the 8th, Sir Joseph Straton died in October, 1840, six
months after his removal to his old regiment, the Inniskilling
“The male succession of the Stratons of Kirkside failed in Joseph
Straton. He was succeeded by his nephew, Joseph Muter, afterwards
General Sir Joseph, who, in virtue of his uncle's will, assumed the
surname of Straton.”
STRATON HOUSE OF KIRKSIDE (Gateway) STRATON HOUSE OF KIRKSIDE (Courtyard)
The Stratons were a prominent family whose
history can be traced back to the early 14th century. They built
Lauriston Castle, and David Straton rather begrudged having to give a
tenth of the fish his servants caught in nets to the Minister of
The Stratons, after almost four centuries, lost Lauriston
in 1695, never to regain it, but they did become tenants.
Between the Grahams, Berkeleys, Keiths and Stratons they, at one time, owned virtually all the land to the north of St. Cyrus.