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FORBES, Alexander of Boyndlie and Pitalachie
(1598-)
ELPHINGSTONE, Mary
(About 1620-)
GORDON, George of Edenglassie, Sir
(About 1637-1691)
ABERCROMBY, Marie
(About 1637-)
FORBES, Harrie in Boyndlie
(About 1647-)
GORDON,
(About 1662-)
FORBES, Jean
(About 1679-)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. GORDON, John Laird of Glenbucket, Jacobite 1715 and 1745

FORBES, Jean

  • Born: About 1679
  • Marriage (1): GORDON, John Laird of Glenbucket, Jacobite 1715 and 1745

  Research Notes:

WIFE OF JOHN GORDON

There are many assertions made about John Gordon's marriages and children. One is that he married Jean Forbes, who it is claimed was the, possibly eldest, daughter of Harry Forbes of Boyndlie. It is also asserted that she was Jean Forbes was the mother of John Gordon's many children. For this to be possible it is necessary that the couple married and started their family early in the 1700s or in the late 1600s, since we know that some of Gordon's children took part in Jacobite rebellion and we know of marriages and other aspects of their lives that require them to have been born then.

One of the confirmatory reasons for this, for hard facts about births and baptisms are not usually quoted, is that in the Strathdon register of baptisms there is a 1703 entry which reads:

"May 28 - Nathaniel Forbes off ardgeith had a daughter baptized JEAN after the Lady glenbuckett witneses george forbes tutor of New and John Mitchell precentor &c".

Now it is true that Glenbuchat was transferred from one Gordon family to another, that of the Jacobite leader here in question, around the turn of the century. the 1696 Poll Book for Glenbucket refers to

"the deceist umqll Adam Gordon of Glenbucket".

Adam Gordon was of the Gordon family of Park, descendants of Cairnborrow. By February 1703, in a christening entry in the Glenbucket parish register for the Reid and Beattie families, we read of the

"Witneses John Gordone Laird off Glenbuckett elder and his son John Gordone younger, and Adam Gordone Late Laird of Glenbuckett"

The "Late Laird" referred to is not the deceased Adam mentioned above, but his son, also Adam, who was no longer the Laird of Glenbucket. The land of Glenbucket had been transferred to a new owner, which allowed the parish clerk to refer to the later-to-be Jacobite leader in question and his son: "John Gordone Laird off Glenbuckett elder and his son John Gordone younger". Note that the date is 1703.

We return now to the entry quoted at the beginning of this note concerning the baptism of the daughter of Nathaniel Forbes. It would seem at first glance that "the Lady glenbuckett" after whom the child in question was to be named was the wife of of the new Laird. We should remember, however, that the wife of the deceased laird, Adam Gordon, and the mother of the late laird, also Adam Gordon, was called Jean. She was Jean Douglas of Glenbervie. After cruel treatment by her son who challenged her inheritance, she fades into the hiddenness of unknown history. Yet it is just possible that, despite the fact that the child being christened was a Forbes-for they abounded in Glenbucket, the lady referred to was Lady Jean Douglas. At the very least it can be said that Jacobite and 'old Glenbucket' followers have assumed this referred to the spouse of 'old Glenbucket', who was in actual fact the new Glenbucket, and that therefore her name was Jean.

There was, however, another John Gordon, alive about the same time as "Old Glenbucket", who married a woman by the name of Jean Forbes. She was was the daughter of Alexander Forbes of Ludquharn and her first husband, John Gordon, was the Minister of Old Deer parish Aberdeenshire. She married James Leslie, Minister of Crimond as her second husband after being widowed.
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Jean married John GORDON Laird of Glenbucket, Jacobite 1715 and 1745, son of John GORDON of Knockespock and Mary GORDON. (John GORDON Laird of Glenbucket, Jacobite 1715 and 1745 was baptised about 1675 and died on 16 June 1750 in Boulogne, France 4.)


Sources


1 Internet Site, https://sites.google.com/site/strathdonvitals/opr/240-1_christenings.

2 Scottish Government.

3 e-books, Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae by Hew Scott.

4 Internet Site, http://www.scotwars.com/html/john_gordon.htm.


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