GORDON, William of Farnachty
- Born: About 1563
- Marriage (1): GORDON,
Other names for William were William of Auchindache,1 GORDON, William of Clethins 1 and GORDON, William Portioner of Foirnachtie.1
'The Balbithan MS. calls him "of Clethins". William may also have held Auchindachy, for a William "of Auchindache" was one of the light horsemen whose arrest was authorised July 12, 1636 (Privy Council Register, i., 431). At one time he was connected with the lands of Fernachty, in the parish of Rathven, which were held at different times by
the Gordons of Cairnburrow and Buckie, and in such a way that it is very difficult to form any sort of connected account of the various Gordons involved. William Gordon, the son of John, I. of Leichestoun, is described (Privy Council Register), on July 28, 1600, when he signed a bond at Elgin, as "portioner of Foirnachte". He may have been the William Gordon of Farnachtie who was present in August 24, 1624, as an elder at the visitation of the Kirk of Rathven (Cramond's Church of Rathven).'
Note: William's grandmother on his mother's side was of the house of Gordon of Cairnborrow. The designation 'of Farnachtie' may have originated through entitlements her daughter brought to her marriage with William's father, or through an inheritance from her.
'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).' 1
ALEXANDER GORDON OF FARNACHTIE
An "Alexander Gordon in Fernauchtie" was implicated in 1610 in the trial of the Leitcheston Gordons for the murder of Alexander Abercromby:
'The other of the saidis remissiones grantit be Ludovick, Duik of Lennox, his Maiesteis Lieutennent and justice over the north pairtis of this realme for the tyme, remittand John Gordoun of Lichestoun, the said James appeirand thairof and William his sons, Alexander Gordon in Fernauchtie, for their tressonable being in cumpanie assisting airt and pairt taking with George sumtyme Erie of Huntlie, Ffrances sumtyme Erie of Errole and certane otheris his Maiesteis declairit traitouris and rebellis, at the lait conflict aganis Archibald Erie of Ergyle, etc.'
It is not yet clear whether he was linked to the Cairnborrow Gordons or related to John Gordon of Leitcheston's son William, or both. 1
William married GORDON, daughter of Alexander GORDON 2nd of Beldorney and Margaret GRANT of Freuchie. (GORDON was born about 1566.)