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GORDON, George of Tillytarmont
INNES, Isabel
(About 1455-)
STEWART, Patrick Laird of Laithers
(About 1455-)
GORDON, James 1st Laird of Lesmoir
(About 1480-1558)
STUART, Margaret
(About 1492-Between 1541/1546)
GORDON, John 1st Laird of Leitcheston
(About 1536-Between 1621/1622)


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1. ABERNETHY, Elizabeth

2. OGILVY, Marjorie Lady Birkenbog
3. KEITH, Christian Lady Boig

GORDON, John 1st Laird of Leitcheston 2

  • Born: About 1536
  • Marriage (1): ABERNETHY, Elizabeth
  • Marriage (2): OGILVY, Marjorie Lady Birkenbog 1
  • Marriage (3): KEITH, Christian Lady Boig
  • Died: Between 25 April 1621 and 24 February 1622 1

   Other names for John were GARDEN, John of Lichenstoun,3 GORDON, John of Licheston,1 GORDON, John I of Leitchestoun 1 and GORDONE, John.1

  General Notes:

'The Elphinstone-Dalrymple MS. of 1600 (usually ascribed to 1580), says Lesmoir left to his "sixt son John Gordone certaine wodsett lands and sowmes of money when he died but no possessions, by which he made to himself a gentleman's living and dwelt in the Enzie at Leichestone ".'

"1592-1610. The most notable event in Leichestoun's career was his vendetta with the Abercrombys of Birkenbog, which reached a climax in the brutal murder of Alexander Abercromby in 1594, and lasted close upon twenty years, affecting other branches of the house of Lesmoir, notably the Gordons of Newton."

"1598, June 11. Renunciation by John Gordon in Leichestoun in favour of the Earl of Huntly, of his infeftment in Auchinreith, Lichistoun and Orlidge (Document in Gordon Castle Charter Chest)."

'1600, July 28. John Gordon of Leichiston became surety (2,000 in all) for William Dunbar, portioner of Hempriggs and others, not to harm Mr. James Dundas, the minister of Alves and Lanbryde. The bond was signed at Elgin July 28, before William Gordon, portioner of Foirnachtie and George Gordon " my sones " (Privy Council Register).'

from House of Gordon

"...witnesses a charter to his brother in 1576, of the sunny half of the lands of Auldmerdrum."

from Records of Aboyne

  Research Notes:


Licheston, modern name Leitcheston, is situated in the modern Moray district of Scotland, south east of Port Gordon, and more specifically just south east of Glasterim.

John Bulloch wrote:
"Leichestoun, or Leitcheston, as it is now spelt, is a small property in Rathven, Banffshire, and it remained in the hands of the Gordons of the Lesmoir family until 1659, when it passed to Dr. Thomas Gordon, Elgin...." 1 4

John married Elizabeth ABERNETHY, daughter of Michael ABERNETHY of Saltoun and Margaret GORDON. (Elizabeth ABERNETHY was born about 1535.)

John next married Marjorie OGILVY Lady Birkenbog, daughter of Alexander OGILVY of that Ilk and Findlater and Janet ABERNETHY.1 (Marjorie OGILVY Lady Birkenbog was born about 1545 and died after 1632.)

  Marriage Notes:

"1612, June 16. The King confirmed a charter of John, Lord Abernethy of Saltoun, by which in fulfilment of a contract, dated October, 1609, he made over in feu ferme to John Gordon of Leichestoun and Marjorie Ogilvy, his spouse, in conjunct fee, and Henry Gordon, their second son, his heirs and assigns, the town and lands of Fortrie in the barony of Rothiemay. Among the witnesses are James Gordon of Auchinrayth and Alexander Gordoun, his brother, sons of the said John Gordon; signed at Park of Cornecarne, October 17, 1609." 1

John next married Christian KEITH Lady Boig, daughter of Alexander KEITH of Troup and Unknown. (Christian KEITH Lady Boig was born about 1550 and died on 8 April 1587 1.)


1 e-books, The House of Gordon ed. John Malcolm Bulloch.

2 e-books, Birkenburn by Captain Douglas Wimberley with large additions by John Malcolm Bulloch.

3 e-books, The Rulers of Strathspey by the Earl of Cassillis (1911).

4 Internet Site,

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