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James Gordon

Male Abt 1690 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name James Gordon  [1
    Born Abt 1690  Achlochrach, Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • JAMES GORDON, III OF ACHLOCHRACH

      He married Anne MacWilliam, daughter of David MacWilliam, alias Stewart, the younger of Achmore, and granddaughter of James O'Laggan. The Birnie MS gives some curious information about the MacWilliams, whose history is now being minutely investigated by and industrious London genealogist, Mr. H. Duff Macilliam, of Harrow View.

      David was a branch of the Stewarts of Ballechin in Athole, and his grandfather, William (and hence the appellation of "MacWilliam") left that country in consequence of a feud with some of this neighbours, and exchanged his property there with the Earl of Athole, who was then proprietor of Balveny and Pittvaich, the mill, and some of other lands about that place to be held in feu.

      His son David settled in Achmore in Glenrinnes, a farm belonging to the Earl of Huntley, and married a daughter of Grant of Allachie, the sister of Alexander Duff of Keithmore's wife, the ancestor of Lord Fife, and had one son and one daughter.

      David, his son, married Jane, daughter of James O'Laggan, and died while a young man, leaving her a widow with several children. She was prevailed upon to dispose of Pittivaich and the mill to Alexander Duff of Braco, her husband's cousin, in terms as little creditable to him as disreputable to herself, it being constantly reported in that part of the country that she sat down in the mill dam to stop the mill that he might take infeftment of it, the miller refusing to do it. Be this as it may, her children were reduced to great distress, for which Braco appeared perfectly indifferent, being a man callous to humanity, as well as natural affection, if he could by any means gratify his thirst for the acquirement of lands. The daughter married John Forbes of Keithack, son to Gordon Arthur Forbes, and left several children.

      James Gordon, III. Of Achlochrach, by his wife, Anne MacWilliam, had two sons and two daughters:

      (1) John Gordon, who went to the Milltown of Laggan.

      (2) Anne Gordon' married John Shand

      (3) Janet Gordon died unmarried.

      (4) Harry Gordon. He "lived first at Hardhaugh and afterwards at Boat of Bog, the name of the ferry across the Spey near Fochabers, now replace by a bridge. He married Helen Burges, the third daughter of Charles Burges at Clashdow, by Christian Forbes, daughter of John Forbes of Keithack. The Birnie MS calls Helen Burges the "near relation of Harry," and says that the latter left one son and one daughter. The Mortlach Register, however, shows that another son had been born:

      a. Charles Gordon, baptized January 24, 1752: witnesses, Charles Burges in Clashdow and John Forbes In Keithack.

      b. Cosmo Gordon: baptized Dec. 28, 1752, before the same witnesses. The Birnie MS deals at great length with him. He was employed early in life in establishing the use of "Cudbear," invented by his brothers-in-law, George and Cuthbert Gordon, sons of Thomas Gordon of Fotherletter. The Birnie MS says that soon after his marriage (in 1778) he was induced to purchase the office of one of the nineteen Deputy King's Waiters of the Customs of the Port of London for an annuity of 70 during the life of Kenneth Macpherson, one of th Inquest of the Customs, and also during that of his wife (who was Mrs. Cosmo Gordon's eldest sister). This annuity be paid for 34 years. Macpherson had got the billet by way of compensation for not having obtained the office of a Searcher in the Port fo London according to a promise made by Lord North to his friends, "James MacPherson, of Ossian notoriety, and to Sir John MacPherson, Governor General of Bengal."

      c. Elizabeth Gordon, sister of Cosmo Gordon, married James Logie, who lived and died at the Boat of Bog, and had three sons and a daughter, including:

      c 1: Major Alexander Mathias Gordon Logie who married Emma Elizabeth James who was born in Bombay to Joseph James.

      c 2: Alexander Logie, captain, 5th Regiment Bombay Native Infantry. He was the father of William Logie, Lieut.-colonel, 19th Regiment Bengal Native Infantry.

      c 3: Elizabeth Gordon who married Henry Ruxton [2]
    Person ID I6415400  7_families
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2006 

    Father Harry Gordon,   b. Abt 1655, Beldornie, Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Achlochrach, Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Janet Grant,   b. Abt 1656, Glenlochy, Inverness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1672  , Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1999788  Group Sheet

    Family Anne MacWilliam,   b. Abt 1692, Achmore, Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1712  , Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. John Gordon,   b. Abt 1717, , Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Anne Gordon,   b. Abt 1718, , Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Harry Gordon,   b. Abt 1720, Of Hardhaugh, Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Janet Gordon,   b. Abt 1724, , Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2006 
    Family ID F1997804  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S118273] The Gordon's of Laggan, John Malcolm Bulloch, (Banff, The Banffshire Journal Office, The Banffshire Field Club, 1907), Lee Drew has one of the few copies in existance.., 10 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S118273] The Gordon's of Laggan, John Malcolm Bulloch, (Banff, The Banffshire Journal Office, The Banffshire Field Club, 1907), Lee Drew has one of the few copies in existance...