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BYRON, John R.N. 'Foul Weather Jack', Vice Admiral
BYRON, John 'Mad Jack', Captain


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1. GORDON, Catherine 13th of Gight

BYRON, John 'Mad Jack', Captain 1

  • Born: 7 February 1756 2
  • Marriage (1): GORDON, Catherine 13th of Gight on 12 May 1785 in Bath, England 1 2
  • Died: 2 August 1791, Valenciennes, France 1

  General Notes:

John Byron took the Gordon surname after his marriage.

"The name of Gordon was added in compliance with a condition imposed by will on whoever should become husband of the heiress of Gight; and at the baptism of the child, the Duke of Gordon, and Colonel Duff of Fetteresso, stood godfathers" 1 3

John married Catherine GORDON 13th of Gight, daughter of George GORDON 12th of Gight and Catherine INNES, on 12 May 1785 in Bath, England.1 2 (Catherine GORDON 13th of Gight was born in 1764 4 and died in July 1818 5.)

  Marriage Notes:

O whare are ye gaen, bonny Miss Gordon?
O whare are ye gaen, sae bonny an' braw?
Ye've married, ye've married wi' Johnny Byron,
To squander the lands o' Gight awa'.
This youth is a rake, frae England he's come ;
The Scots dinna ken his extraction ava;
He keeps up his misses, his landlord he duns,
That's fast drawen' the lands o' Gight awa'.
O whare are ye gaen, &c.
The shooten' o' guns, an' rattlin' o' drums,
The bugle in woods, the pipes i' the ha',
The beagles a howlin', the hounds a growlin';
These soundings will soon gar Gight gang awa'.


1 Fiona MacCarthy, Byron: Life and Legend, Chapter 1.

2 Internet Site, Wikipedia.

3 Internet Site, The Families of Moir and Byres by Andrew J. Mitchell Gill (1885).

4 e-books, The House of Gordon vol. 1 ed. John Malcolm Bulloch (1903) Gight.

5 LDS Family Search, Pedigree Resource File.

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