Maitland is an English and Scottish surname and an English-speaking countries given name. It arrived in Britain after the Norman conquest of 1066. This name derives from the Anglo Norman French “Mautalent” from the Latin “mălum tălentum”, meaning “bad, misfortune, damage / talent, skill, genius”, translated to "evil genius". Clan Maitland is a Lowland Scottish clan. Sir William Mautlant de Thirlstane supported Robert the Bruce in the cause of Scottish independence and was present at the Scottish victory at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. His son was Sir Robert Maitland who inherited his father's lands as well as receiving a charter for the lands of Letherington near Haddington, from Sir John Gifford in about 1345.