Although not affiliated to any particular Scottish clan, bearers of the Hill name have nevertheless stamped their own unique mark on the nation’s colourful and frequently turbulent history.
With the motto of ‘Advance’ and crest of a castellated tower, from the battlefield to the boardrooms of commerce, and from art to music and the stage, bearers of the proud name of Hill have gained international recognition.
Not only a noted Scottish artist but also a pioneer of early photographic techniques, David Octavius Hill was born in 1802 in Perth.
Educated at Perth Academy and later studying at the School of Design, Edinburgh, where he learned the art of lithography, he first came to attention through his Sketches of Scenery in Perthshire, while the Institution for the Promotion of Fine Arts in Scotland exhibited many of his landscape paintings.
Read here the dramatic and inspiring saga of the Hills of both yesteryear and today.
Hill Clan Mini-Book Excerpt
"Two bearers of the Hill name with a rather unusual, and musical, claim to fame are the sisters Patty and Mildred Hill.
Patty, born in 1868 near Louisville, Kentucky, and who died in 1946, had been a nursery school teacher when she collaborated with her sister in writing a song for her young pupils called Good Morning to All.
Later adapted, it became the well-known Happy Birthday to You.
In was in recognition of the international popularity of the ditty that in 1996 the sisters were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame."