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Research page for Margaret Ogilvy (Dunbar) Duff


Margaret Dunbar was the daughter of James Dunbar and Isabel Abercrombie, and granddaughter of Sir James Abercrombie & Mary Gordon).[1]

Margaret Dunbar married James Duff on 01 February 1772 in Banff.[2] She was his second wife, his first wife having died in 1764 leaving 3 children.[3]

She wrote a letter in April 1775 in which she told Lord Fife, her husband's cousin, of the health of his namesake, her first son James. The child later died in childhood. She wrote to him as a friend and signed the letter as "Margt. Ogil. Duff."[4]

James died on 19 November 1804 and his gravestone in Banff's Old Parish Churchyard declares his age as 75.[5]

Margaret Ogilvie Dumbar, widow of James Duff Esq., died in 1829 aged 75 and was buried in Banff Old Parish Churchyard in Banff, Aberdeenshire.[6]
In part, the gravestone says:

In memory of James Duff, Esq. ... who died 19th November, 1804, aged 75. As a just tribute of dutiful regard this stone is placed over his remains by his affectionate widow, daughter of James Dumbar of Kincorth, 1805. James, Isabella and John Duff, their children, are buried here, and Alexander, Sophia and Mary in the grave with their aunt Mrs. Hellen Duff, also Margaret Ogilvie Dumbar, widow of the foresaid James Duff, died 1829, aged 75

She was mentioned in her daughter Anne's obituary in 1877 as "Margaret Ogilvie Dunbar, daughter of Mr. James Dunbar of Kincorth."[7]

Children of Margaret and James:[3]

  1. James, b. 1773; died young; bur. Banff. His birth is mentioned by Baird, writing in 1773, and his mother in April 1775.
  2. Mary, b. 1774.
  3. James William, b. 1776; d. 28 Jul 1797; bur. Greyfriars church, Edinburgh. Attended King's College, Aberdeen Univ. 1789.
  4. Fife, b. 1778; d. 1800. Midshipman, estate granted to his father.
  5. John, b. 1779; d. 1801.
  6. Isabella, b. ca. 1780; d. young.
  7. Catherine, b. ca. 1782; d. bef. 1840. Lived in Banff, and when over age 70 went to Bath and then Cheltenham, where she died.
  8. Anne, b. 1784; d. 1876 age 92. Married Walter Biggar. One daughter, Mrs. Blaikie.
  9. Sophia, b. 1785; d. young.
  10. a child, d. young.


  1. Tayler, Alistair Norwich, and Helen Agnes Henrietta Tayler, The Book of the Duffs, (Edinburgh : W. Brown, 1914). Vol. 2:563
  2. "Church of Scotland: Old Parish Registers - Banns and Marriages" database, National Records of Scotland, ScotlandsPeople (https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/: accessed 12 Aug 2021), James Duff and Margaret Dunbar, 01 February 1772, Banff; citing Parish Number 147, Reference number 80 83.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tayler & Tayler, The Book of the Duffs, Vol. 1:241.
  4. Tayler & Tayler, Book of the Duffs, Vol. 1:244.
  5. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/148987334/james-duff : accessed 19 August 2021), memorial page for James Duff (1 Jan 1729–19 Nov 1804), Find A Grave: Memorial #148987334, citing Banff Old Parish Churchyard, Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland ; Maintained by GariochGraver (contributor 47469430). (Includes gravestone photos and inscription.)
  6. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/148987529/margaret-ogilvie-duff : accessed 17 August 2021), memorial page for Margaret Ogilvie Dunbar Duff (1754–1829), Find A Grave: Memorial #148987529, citing Banff Old Parish Churchyard, Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland ; Maintained by GariochGraver (contributor 47469430).
  7. Banff Journal, Aberdeenshire Mail, Moray, Nairn and Inverness Review and Northern Farmer Obituary, Tuesday 22nd May 1877, accessed on Findmypast 12 August 2021, page 5 column 4.
See also:
  • The Genealogy of the Duff Family, website created by Sir William Arbuthnot, Bt., citing "The Book of the Duffs" by Alexander ("Alistair") & Hettie Tayler. The Taylers themselves make extensive reference to the family archives of many branches of the Duff family, as well as to a much earlier compilation, William Baird of Auchmedden's "Genealogical Memoirs of the Duffs" written about 1773 and later edited by, and privately printed 1869 at the behest of, Major Lachlan Gordon Duff of Drummuir 1817 - 1892. Baird himself was married to Anne, one of the daughters of William Duff of Dipple 1653 - 1722.


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