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GORDON, Alexander of Killyhuntly, Merchant. 'Sandy Mor'
(About 1572-)
(About 1607-)
GORDON, James of Tirriesoul (Torriesoul) and Camdell
(About 1630-1692)
(About 1635-1708)
GORDON, Alexander of Tirriesoul and Camdell, then 7th of Beldorney
(About 1655-1714)


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1. MACDONELL, Geillis 'of Keppoch'

GORDON, Alexander of Tirriesoul and Camdell, then 7th of Beldorney 1

  • Born: About 1655
  • Marriage (1): MACDONELL, Geillis 'of Keppoch' 1
  • Died: 1714 2
  • Buried: 1714, Mortlach parish, Banffshire, Scotland 2

   User ID: G154.

  General Notes:

"Of the family of Beldornie, now of Wardhouse, Jean Gordon, mother of the laird, and Marie his sister are in 1704 returned as Papists; whilst in 1732 it was reported to the Presbytery that James Gordon, of Beldornie, was a Papist, and that priests met at his house. Indeed, two of his sons were educated at the Scots Monastery of Ratisbon, viz., Arthur, who appears in the list of arrivals in 1739, when he was eight years old, and Charles, who entered in 1748, at the age of eleven. The younger only became a priest, and died in Holland in 1816. An uncle of theirs, Alexander, had entered in 1718, but he returned to Scotland, where he later married. He was a son of Alexander Gordon by his wife Giles MacDonell, of Keppoch."

from The Catholic Highlands of Scotland 3

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Sasine: showing possession, 29 April 1700, of Beldorney. 1 " Sasine.- Alexander Gordon of Tilliesoule, of the lands of Beldorney, Belcherrie, Goullis, Ardgaldies, Carnhead, Backside of Wrightstone, and Lynebains, with ye Miln and Miln lands yrof., was presented be Tho. Lesslye, procr. in Banff, &c, and registered in the 75, 76, and 77 leafs of ye said Book. 29 Aprill 1700."

from Gordons of Beldorney

Alexander married Geillis MACDONELL 'of Keppoch'.1 (Geillis MACDONELL 'of Keppoch' was born in 1660 and died in 1729.)

  Marriage Notes:

"James (Gordon) had a son Alexander, the cousin to whom Beldorney passed. The latter married Giles or Geillis, daughter of Archibald Macdonell of Keppoch, and had a son James. (Family Pedigree referred to.)" (page 3)

" 'The Birnie M.S. continues further, that

"Tirriesoul, who had thus become Laird of Beldornie, married Giles [or Geillis].a daughter of MacDonell of Keppoch, Lochaber, and had two sons, James, who succeeded, and Alexander Gordon of Collonach, who died without issue, and two daughters : the elder was married to Michie of Buchairn, and Barbara, the younger, died unmarried at Belcherry in 1770 at nearly 90 years of age." ' " (page 8)

from Gordons of Beldorney


Children who died at a young age were at times ignored in later family accounts, which may be one explanation for the discrepancies in the reported number of children a couple had.
from Gordons of Beldorney. 1


1 e-books, A Short Family History of the Later Gordons of Beldorney by Douglas Wimberley (1904).

2 Internet Site,

3 e-books, The Catholic Highlands of Scotland by Odo Blundell (1909).

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