About Us & Family History

A. D. Paton Family Butchers and Licensed Game Dealers, Largs only local butchers shop, owned and run since 1840 by the Paton Family. We have traded in various locations throughout the town of Largs and are one of the area's oldest businesses run in continuous ownership of the same family.

We are now operated by Scott Paton (5th generation), who is assisted by a staff of six. Patons Butchers serves the town of Largs and the surrounding area of Ayrshire and beyond, attracting retail and wholesale customers from near and far, such is our commitment to providing only Quality Scottish Meat and produce and the highest standards of service.

Our range of meat products on offer is second to none, from a traditional Sunday Roast to the more exotic cuts and a range of delicatessen items, which complement the traditional items stocked by a butchers shop.

We are famous far and wide for the very high quality of our award-winning produce prepared within the premises. We pride ourselves in ensuring exacting attention to detail in the preparation of our vast range of meat and savoury products, choosing the very best ingredients and presenting them in a spotlessly clean and hygienic environment.

All meat and game sold by Paton Butchers can be traced back to its place of origin.

Whilst building our fine reputation for quality Scottish produce, Patons Butchers are justifiably proud of their Freshly Shot Haggis which is available in season.

Our History

The following report was commissioned by Allan Dewar Paton, butcher, Largs, from Chris Paton (unrelated) of the Scotland's Greatest Story genealogy research service, in October 2008. Additional research was also requested to help flesh out the stories of those earlier Patons who came before him.

The following is a history of Allan's family in Largs:

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The Paton family of Largs

Allan had in his possession many notes and trees handed to him over the years, with a desire to corroborate and collate them all into a single report that would definitively take the Paton story back to the Covenanter Captain John Paton, if possible, from whom the family tradition claims descent.

The family was examined by going back through the generations, both through direct ancestors and their siblings. Little effort has been made at following the sibling's lines forwards, though some information has been gathered from various sources, including members of the Paton Family History Forum, to whom thanks are given.

During the research some interesting stories emerged on the formation and development of the family's butcher firm in both Largs, West Kilbride and Skelmorlie, connections to Australia and the United States of America, including ranch holdings in the state of Nevada, the Suffragettes, Presbyterian dissent, involvement in civic affairs in Largs, and considerably more.


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