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Team Leader - Sandy Edwards

Team Members: Jackie Prentice | Michelle Wilkes | Rebecca Snider | Betty Norman | Rob Graham | Pip Sheppard | Elaine (Walling) Goodner | Porter Fann | Anonymous (MacLeod) Anonymous


The goal of the Scotland Bio Builders is to write biographies with in-line referencing in order to complete profiles as much as possible to a high standard. This is a great team for all you budding writers out there.

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I recently discovered that my son-in-law has deep Scottish roots in a few prominent families, which is pretty exciting. I haven't put any of that line on WikiTree yet, I'm planning on making a start on it (from the bottom up) for the upcoming Connect-a-thon. However, I have not been able to source a few of the generations. If anyone is interested, I'd love some help with that!

Rev. James Gordon of Comer, a descendent of both the Gordons and the Stewarts, is said to have immigrated to Northern Ireland in 1646. From then onward the line is fairly well documented...but for a couple of generations before that, not so much. He was supposedly b Nov 22 1614 Salterhill, Draine, Morayshire, Scotland, d Oct 14 1691 Comber, Newry, Down, Northern Ireland. Christening: 22 Nov 1614, Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland. 1. Immigration; 1646; Northern Ireland. 2. Occupation; FROM 1645 TO 1656; Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland. chaplain. 3. Education; FROM 1641 TO 1645; Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. chaplain.

However, there is a lot of conflicting info about Rev James's parentage. My info is that his father was Alexander Gordon of Newton Garie b Mar 5 1580 Lesmoir, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, d Oct 1649 (at age 69) Salterhill, Drainie, Morayshire, Scotland, and his mother was Marjorie Geddes (Gordon) b 1580 Estill, Auchinveath, Essil, Moray, Scotland, d 1650 Inverey Abergeldie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, but I have not been able to find any evidence of Marjorie, and the info on Alexander Gordon is all over the map regarding his own parentage. He was supposedly a son of Alexander Gordon, 3rd Laird of Lesmoir, b 1540 Gight, Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, d Nov 1 1609 Lesmoir, Essie, Aberdeenshire, with his mother being Lady Christian Agnes Fraser (Gordon) b 1550 Creich Castle, Scotland, d 1600 Gight, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. But all of that is super iffy. I'd really love to get those connections nailed down, but I'm not at all familiar with Scottish research and don't really know where to find reliable info.

Anyway, if you happen to run across any pertinent info, I'd love to hear from you. If you're not interested, no worries! Thanks! Nina

posted by Nina Bruhns
Hi Nina, I would suggest that you post this to G2G and add tags for Scotland, locations and the surnames involved. Doing that you're more likely to find a bigger and more responsive audience. This particular page is just for a small work group.

Cheers, Bobbie

posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Okay thanks, I'll do that!!!


posted by Nina Bruhns
Hi Nina -- Hopefully, These pages will provide you with some guidance and links.


It looks like some of this family is already under WikiTree so you might search Wiki To see if anything Matches up to what you are looking for.. and check out the sources under individual profiles there.

Gordon-1044 Alexander Gordon 3rd laird of Lesmoir (1540 - 1609) [ Ref House of Gordon / edited by John Malcolm Bulloch Internet archives (*Alexander Gordon married Marjorie, otherwise Mariot Forbes, daughter of Alexander Forbes of Pitsligo. ... http://venitap.com/Genealogy/WebCards/ps47/ps47_383.html

father of Sir James Gordon, 5th Laird and 1st Baronet of Lesmoir -- Gordon-6434 pgs 299-300 https://archive.org/details/cu31924092524382/page/298/mode/2up?view=theater Complete Baronetage by Cokayne

Scotland's People is a good source with Old Parish Records (OPR) re birth marriage death (this is a paid for site) https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAq7COBhC2ARIsANsPATGsW_22caSBYG2bVwBoWUvBS1bFgIeeOUGfTUFpnql4iVJL8pw1Ed8aAnE3EALw_wcB

Balfour Paul, Sir James. The Scots Peerage 9 Volumes https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:The_Scots_Peerage

https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LRVH-S34 Alexander Gordon 3rd laird of Lesmoir m Lady Anne Forbes of Pitsligo (some indicate that Forbes m the 4th Laird vs 3rd. This will take some sourcing to sort out.

Hope this helps.. Also, Mark Sutherland-Fisher https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Sutherland-Fisher-1 is very knowledgable re Scots Peerage.

posted by Sandy Edwards
Thanks Sandy! Lots of great info. Appreciate your reply!!!


posted by Nina Bruhns
Hi Everyone.

Mark has published a "great lesson in Scottish Nobility" as a reference doc. Please take a moment to review. I am placing the link under the Overview Free Space Internal Quick Links if you need to find it later. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Scotland_-_Scottish_Nobility

Regards, Sandy

posted by Sandy Edwards
Welcome New Team Member -- Betty Norman
posted by Sandy Edwards
Thanks, Sandy! I look forward to working with you!
posted by Betty (Skelton) Norman
Hi Just found this post.Didn't get it as a broadcast post. Emails are best for me. Thanks
I received this and emails would be good for me.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and will have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Have a blessed day, Rebecca

posted by Rebecca Snider
Hi Jackie, Michelle and Rebecca. Thank you for joining the Profile Improvements Team.

This is a test message to see if everyone is receiving the Profile Posts here as a "broadcast message", or whether or not you would prefer emails as a direct contact. Just post your reply on this page. Happy Holidays! Regards, Sandy

posted by Sandy Edwards