The George Beattie Project - A Poet Lost in Time



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 Gloucester's staff.
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 Lancers.
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 Dragoons.”

“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.”



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 Ecclesgreig.
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.

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