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Harry Gordon

Male Abt 1628 - Aft 1689  (~ 62 years)


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  • Name Harry Gordon 
    Born Abt 1628  Beldornie, Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1689  , , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • HARRY GORDON II, OF ACHLOCHRACH

      He figured, according to the Birnie MS., at the siege of Edinburgh Castle in 1689. A mutiny had been engineered among the garrison, which was commanded by the Duke of Gordon, and His Grace ordered Francis Gordon of Midstrath "to bring up from the north, out of his own lands, 45 of the best most resolute men he could find to supply the places of those disbanded." Harry Gordon of Achlochrach was at the head of a party who volunteered their services. The MS goes on to say: --

      He was much in the confidence of the Duke, and during the siege was employed on several important occasions. A little before the sitting down of the Convention of Estates, the Duke discovered a new conspiracy in the garrison, which obliged him to require a new oath of the soldiers, and foreseeing that several of them would refuse it, he appointed Harry Gordon to take on some soldiers who had laid down their arms since the Revolution and remained about Edinburgh, selecting from amongst them those for whose fidelity he could answer. Then His Grace dismissed all who refused and turned them out of the garrison, after paying them their arrears.

      On April 27, Harry Gordon was sent out for intelligence, and on the 29th he returned bringing with him Lieut. James Hay, John Mackay, and one Launders, an Irishman, after losing another three owing to the darkness of the night, who had also agreed to serve in the garrison.

      On May 24, Harry Gordon went out again for intelligence, and returned in safety on the night of the 28th bringing an account that one of the besiegers mortar pieces had split, and that the great leaders in the Revolution, upon the appearance of some Dutch luggers in the Firth, got together horse attendants and arms, with other such vast preparations as if they had been to fly to, or front the Kings host.

      On June 12, 1689, after fruitless treaty, the besiegers fired briskly upon all their batteries, and a party of them advanced so near that their officers were heard saying, "Advance, dogs," and those in the garrison called out to them, "Ye dogs, will ye not obey your officers?" The besiegers made their last great effort this night, rolling up some great packs of wool on the Castle Hill, but were so gallantly fired on by those on duty at the low guard and the portcullis as to oblige them to retire; the men on all their posts kept singing aloud, "When the King shall hae his sin again." Harry Gordon this night commanded the post in the low half-moon at the south corner; and on the day following a treaty was commenced and the Castle was surrendered after a close siege of three months, the garrison marching out and departing wherever it suited them without any restriction. Harry Gordon then returned home after having exhausted much of his property and to a degree, which his descendants did not recover in the two successive generations.

      Harry Gordon, according to the Birnie MS., married his cousin, Janet Grant, daughter of Donald Grant of Glenlochy, "his mother being one of the seven daughters of Cairnburrow, and being all women above the common size were called the "Seven Capons." The Birnie MS tells this curious story of Glenlochy: --

      Donald on returning home from conveying his father-in-law through Glenlivet was drowned in the water of Lochy, about a mile below his own house; and his body not having been found for some time, in the Awin or Livet, and hence the saying of Maggy Mulloch (an idiot all covered over with hair, and on that account believed to be a witch). "Wet and weary, seeking Donald between Dalrady and the Lettach."

      Donald had a feu or wadset of Dalrady, Glenlochy, and Glenbruin, originally from the Earl of Moray as proprietor of the lands of Abernethy; but his cousin, who lived at Inverlochy, turned his widow out under pretence of being heir male to it, and some time afterwards disposed of his interest in it to Freuchy, the laird of Grant. Donald's widow with her daughter and only child came to the neighbourhood of her cousin Achlochrach, and dwelt in Belandie, until his sons and her daughter were married to each other.

      Harry Gordon, II of Achlochrach had two sons and a daughter.

      (1) James Gordon, III of Achlochrach

      (2) Robert Gordon. He lived in Achlochrach, and married Mrs. Nairn, a widow by whom he had one son and two daughters, who all died unmarried.

      a. Robert Gordon, died in Jamica

      b. Janet Gordon

      c. Mary. The Birnie MS., remarks that :the latter lived a good deal with Wardes' family."

      (3) Anne Gordon married Robert Duff of Lettach, grandson of John Duff of Clunybeg, the uncle of Alexander Duff of Keithmore, ancestor of Lord Fife. [1]
    Person ID I6415422  7_families
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2006 

    Father John Gordon,   b. Abt 1590, Beldornie, Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Miss Gordon,   b. Abt 1590, Cairnburrow, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1620  , Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1999798  Group Sheet

    Family Miss Cumming,   b. Abt 1628, Hillside, Balveny, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1633  , , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. 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
    +2. Thomas Gordon,   b. Abt 1656, Achlochrach, Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Ann Gordon,   b. Abt 1658, Achlochrach, Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2006 
    Family ID F1999793  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1628 - Beldornie, Morayshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
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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...