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eldest son,

JOHN GORDON, who sold the estate of The Marquis of Argyle, by various means, Lungar, purchased the lands of Pitlurg, obtained possession of the whole estates of and exchanged Hilton for Cravethin, or Huntly, and the Marquis of Huntly's chilCoravechin, in Aberdeenshire. He married dren thus becoming dependent on the favour first, Lady Jane Stuart, daughter of John, of their uncle Argyle, constantly applied to Earl of Athol, brother uterine of King Mr. Gordon, whose utmost influence and JAMES II. of Scotland, and son, by her second address were employed in procuring for marriage, of Jane, widow of JAMES I. Queen them a temporary subsistence, and in settling Dowager of Scotland, and granddaughter of the family differences, which had almost King EDWARD III. of England, being the produced an open rupture with Argyle. daughter of his son John, Duke of Lancaster. There are many letters to Mr. Gordon from He married secondly, Margaret Drummond, Argyle's nephews, (the sons of the Marquis of of the family of Perth, and d. in 1544. His Huntly,) full of complaints against him; and

there are some from Argyle, which appear John GORDON, of Pitlurg, married Janet, to justify his conduct in those affairs. In the daughter of James Ogilvie, of Cullen, (an- same uniform line of conduct Mr.Gordon concestor of the Earls of Findlater and Sea- tinued to exert himself in favour of the family field) by whom he acquired the estate of of Huntly, till the restoration of Charles II. Broadlands, in Aberdeenshire. He fell at when the estates and honours were restored Pinkie, in 1547, leaving one son, only five to George, fourth Marquis of Huntly, created months old,

Duke of Gordon, 1st November, 1684. DuSIR John GORDON, knight, of Pitlurg, ring the troubled times of the two CHARLES's, who frequently represented the county of Sir John Gordon and his son Robert, were Aberdeen, in the Scottish Parliament, and of the greatest service to the family of Huntly, bore an eminent part in the affairs of that and the numerous letters from these moperiod. He enjoyed the esteem and confi- narchs and from the principal nobility and dence of JAMES VI. and many letters from persons of distinction to Sir John and his that Prince to him are in the possession of son, distinetly show the high character and his descendants. He was specially invited influence which they maintained with the by the King to attend the baptism of Prince jarring factions of the period, and which HENRY, at Holyrood, on which occasion he enabled them so powerfully to aid their received the honour of knighthood. In Oc- friends. Those letters to Sir John are of tober, 1594, his Majesty, by a royal letter great value in an historical point of view, as and mandate, committed to his custody the they throw much light on some of the most house, place and fortalice of Strathbolgie," obscure parts of the transactions of those and empowered him to receive the rents and times. Sir John m. Isabel, daughter of Wil. revenues of the estate for the behoof of liam, seventh Lord Forbes, and d. 16th Henrietta, Countess of Huntly, the eldest September, 1600, leaving two sons and a daughter of Esau, Lord Aubigny, (the King's daughter. The elder son, first, and for a long time his most intimate John GORDON, of Pitlurg, inherited the favourite) who was created Duke of Lennox, esteem of JAMES VI. Hem. Nicolas, daughin 1581. The Earl of Huntly at that time ter of Kinnaird, of Kinnaird, but dying beaded the catholic faction, .was persecuted s. p. in 1619, was succeeded by his brother, by the Reformers, but protected by the King, ROBERT GORDON, of Pitlurg, commonly and Sir John, who professed the protestant designed of Straloch. This gentleman, a religion, and enjoyed the full confidence of poet, a mathematician, an antiquary, and a James VI. was frequently employed as a geographer, was born 14th September, 1580, negociator in the affairs of the Earls of and acquired the rudiments of his education Huntly, Angus and Errol, (then distinguished in Marischal College and University, of by the appellation of “the three Popish which he was the first graduate. He afterLords.) In these negociations, it is evident wards studied at Paris, where he made the from the documents in the possession of his acquaintance of several remarkable, men. descendants, that Sir John had warmly es A few years after his return to Scotland, be poused the cause of Huntly; and the influ- married Catherine, daughter of Alexander ence of his family, and the high character Irvine, of Lenturk, and not long subsewhich he maintained with both parties, ena- quently purchased the estate of Straloch, in bled him to interfere successfully in behalf Aberdeenshire, where he continued to reside. of the Earl,

and to protect him from the full In 1641, he was honoured by a letter from fury of the Reformers, while his son, Robert CHARLES I. “ earnestly entreating” him to Gordon, possessing the same high character, complete the publication of an atlas of Scotand a similar, or even greater degree of in- land, which had been projected by Timothy fluence and power, was, on the execution Pont. To this work Mr. Gordon zealously and forfeiture of the Marquis of Huntly, in devoted himself, and in such high estima1649, of the greatest service to the large tion were his labours held, that by two acts family which that nobleman left behind him. of the Scottish Parliament, he was exempted

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from all military burdens, while the general | there is a memoir of Mr. Gordon.* He
assembly of the church published a request had issue,
to the clergy, to afford him every assistance J. Robert, his heir.
in their power. Thus encouraged, the un II. John, of Fechill.
dertaking was completed in the year 1648, III. William, who died at Paris, in 1648,
and soon afterwards published by the Blaeus, without issue. He distinguished him-
of Amsterdam, under the title of “Theatrum self by his zeal in the royal cause,
Scotiæ.” A second edition was published

and wrote Animadversions on the
in 1655, and a third in 1662. Of this per Proclamation of the Long Parliament,
formance it is sufficient praise to state that and the Declaration against the King.
it was the first delineation of Scotland made IV. Alexander, d. s. p. in 1615.
from actual survey and measurement, and v. James, minister of the parish of
that its accuracy is remarkable even in the Rothiemay, who m. the heiress of
present day. While he contributed inany Frazer, of Techmiury, and founded
maps, entirely of his own construction, he a respectable family. He assisted
revised and materially improved all the his father in his geographical labours,
others, adding geographical descriptions of and himself acquired eminence in that
much value, and prefixing an introduction, departmentof science. He published
in which a comprehensive view is given of a highly curious map of the city of
the constitution and antiquities of the coun Edinburgh, with views of some of the
try. These dissertations are remarkable as chief buildings. He constructed also
the first attempts to settle the ancient history a plan of the cities of Old and New
of Scotland on the basis on which it is now Aberdeen, which was engraved in
universally acknowledged to rest. On these Holland, at the expense of the corpo-
topics Mr. Gordon farther explained his ration, who presented Mr. Gordon
views in several essays, hitherto inedited, with a silk hat, and with a silver cup,
which are mentioned with much approbation weighing twenty ounces, besides a
by Bishop Nicolson, in his Scottish Histo donation to his lady. He wrote a
rical Library. Besides the “Theatrum Sco “History of the Transactions in Scot-
tiæ," Mr. Gordon wrote several works, land from 1637 to 1640," and “A
which still remain in MS. The chief of Description of bothe towns of Aber-
these is a History of the Family of Gordon deene,” to accompany his plan. Both
from the earliest period to the year 1995,

these treatises still exist in manubearing this title, “Origo et Progressus script, together with a Common Place Familiæ illustrissimæ Gordoniorum in Sco

Book of Practical Divinity, which he tia," and like all his productions, written in composed in 1646. Latin, with ease, elegance and accuracy. vi. George, who d. in 1636. He wrote also a preface to Archbishop Spot VII, Alexander, who was educated for tiswoode's History of the Church of Scot the profession of the law, became a land, and translated into Latin the contro

member of the Scottish bar in 1684, versy between John Knox and Wolfram, and in 1688 was appointed a judge in sub-prior of St. Andrew's. An able critical the Court of Session, with the title of letter on the Scottish historians, which he Lord Auchintoul. addressed to the antiquary David Buchanan, VIII. Hugh, d. s. p. is inserted in Leland's Collectanea ; some of 1X. Arthur, an eminent barrister, who his poems have been printed in Bishop m. Catharine, daughter of Alexander Forbes' Funerales (Aberdeen, 1635) and Menzies, of Kinmundy, and died in elsewhere; and part of his correspondence 1680. His son founded and endowed with Lord Crimond (father of the celebrated a magnificent hospital in Aberdeen, Burnet, Bishop of Salisbury,) appears in a

called “ Robert Gordon's Hospital," memoir prefixed to “Johannis Forbesii, a where upwards of one hundred boys Corse, opera," published at Amsterdam, in are now maintained and educated. 1703. By his contemporaries of all parties, X. Patrick, who d. in 1649. he was held in the highest respect, and was XI. Lewis, a physician, d. 8. p. in 1704. frequently called on to fill the honourable J. Isabel, m. to Urquhart, of Craigoffice of mediating between them. He d.

house. 18th August, 1661, and was interred in the family burial place at New Machar, on the 6th of September following. A portrait of

* It is doubtful whether the portrait in the hall him, by Jameson, the Scottish Vandyke, is of the Marischal College was painted by Jameson,

or if it was, he must have painted two, for there is preserved in the public hall of Marischal

no doubt that the portrait in the possession of the College; an engraving from this painting was

present Pitlurg is the work of Jameson ; and it is published in Smith's Iconographia Scotica, beyond question a superior portrait to the one in and another print lately appeared in Cham- the college hall. It was from the painting at Parkbers' Lives of Illustrious Scotsmen, where hill that the print in Chambers' Lives was taken.

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11. Margaret, m. to Sir Richard Mait

1. John-William, now of Harperland, a senator of the College of Jus

field, an officer in the royal entice, with the title of Lord Pitrichie.

gineers. JII. Jean, m. to Middleton, of Johnston.

2. Hamilton. iv. Barbara, m. to Menzies, of Kin

1. Amelia. mundy.

Mr. Gordon Cuming d. in 1768, and was s. V. Ann, m. to Bisset, of Lessendrun, an- by his son,

cestor of the late Bishop of Raphoe. John GORDON CUMING, of Pitlurg and vi. Mary, d. in infancy.

Birnes, born in 1761, who inheriting in The eldest son,

1815 the estates of his relative, Skene, of Robert GORDON, of Pitlurg, b. in 1609, Dyce, (eldest collateral branch of Skene, of succeeded his father in 1661. He m. in Skene) assumed the name of Skene, in con1638, Catharine, daughter of Sir Thomas formity with a deed of entail. He entered Burnett, bart. of Leys, and had,

the army in 1779, and joined the 36th regi1. ROBERT, his heir.

ment, then under orders for America, but n. John, of Collieston, near Arbroath, their destination was afterwards changed, in

a physician, who m. first, Katharine, consequence of several regiments having daughter of John Fullerton, of Kin-objected to embark for Gibraltar, as being nebar; secondly, Helen, daughter of contrary to enlisting engagements. The 36th Allardyce, of Allardyce; and thirdly, regiment volunteered for that service, and Grizel, daughter of Falconer, of Glen embarked at Cork, but they were dispersed Farquhar. His eldest son, John, of in a storm, and the transports took shelter Hilton, an eminent physician, mar in various ports in England. Peace very ried Margaret, daughter of John soon after took place, and he received a Dowell, merchant, and had, with other company in the 16th foot. On the breakssue, a son,

ing out of the late war he became Major of JAMES, of whom as successor to his the Duke of Gordon's fencible regiment,

kinsman, Gordon, of Pitlurg. (the North Fencibles, or Gordon High1. Catherine, b. in 1644, m. to Robert, coast of Sussex, at the period of General

landers,) and served in Scotland and on the second Viscount Arbuthnot.

Dumorier's threatened invasion. The fenPitlurg d. in 1681, and was s. by his son, Robert GORDON, of Pitlurg, b. in 1641,

cible force having been found to be efficient, who m. Jean, daughter of Sir Richard Mait- after, and he having obtained the rank of

several more regiments were raised soon land, Lord Pitrichie, by whom he had a daughter, m. to Baird, of Auchmedden, and services and commenced recruiting for the

lieutenant-colonel in the army, offered his a son,

Loyal Invernesshire Fencible Regiments, ALEXANDER GORDON, of Pitlurg, who in- limited to serve in Great Britain and Ireland. herited the estates in 1682. He m. Jean, He served with his regiment during the redaughter of James Gordon, of Ellen, by bellion in Ireland, with much credit, in trywhom he had a daughter, who d. unmarried, ing and difficult situations, and induced bis and a son, Alexander, an ensign in the British regiment to offer their service under him, to army, who, dying in 1748, without issue, the join Sir Ralph Abercrombie in Egypt, and property devolved on the nearest collateral

to extend it to any part of Europe that his male heir, his uncle's grandson,

Majesty required. For this spirited offer JAMES GORDON, of Hilton, M. D. who then the regiment received his Majesty's most became of Pitlurg. He m. in 1731, Bar- gracious thanks, and his Royal Highness bara, daughter of Robert Cuming, of Bir- the commander-in-chief was pleased to order, nes, and dying in 1755, was succeeded by as a mark of approbation, that the corps his son,

should become a royal regiment, and be John Gordon Coming, of Pitlurg, who designated the Duke of York's Royal Highsucceeded, in right of his mother, to the en landers. On the peace of Amiens, in 1802, tailed estates of Birnes and Leask, and added the fencible regiments were disbanded, and Cuming to his paternal surname.

at the termination of that short truce, he was Mary, daughter of John Fullerton, of Gal-appointed inspecting field officer of yeolery, in Forfarsbire, and had issue,

manry and volunteers, and afterwards a bri1. John, his heir.

gadier-general in the northern districts of 11. Thomas, who inherited the estate of Scotland, under the command of Major

Harperfield, in Lanarkshire, of which General the Marquis of Huntly (the late county he was a deputy-lieutenant, Duke of Gordon); thence, in 1810, he was and lieutenant-colonel of the militia. placed as a major-general on the staff He m. Jane, daughter of Nisbet, of Sicily; then he was removed to a comesq. and niece of Andrew, last Earl mand at Belfast, in Irelaud, where he reof Hyndford. By this lady he left mained two years, and from that he proissue at his decease in 1832,

ceeded to Jamaica, where he served as second

He mi.

in command to Lieutenant-general Morrison, male descent from Adam de Gordun, Wilthe lieutenant-governor of that colony. He liam de Gordun, the ancestor of this family, again returned to Britain, and was immedi- being the second son of Adam de Gordun, ately placed in command of the Severn dis- the eighth in descent from the first settler in trict, in England. On the 4th June, 1813, Scotland. But the family of Pitlurg came he was raised to the rank of lieutenant- off in the eleventh generation ; for on the general, and placed on the Irish staff as a succession of Elizabeth, the thirteenth lineal lieutenant-general in command of the south- descendant of Adam de Gordun, her uncle, east district of that kingdom. This com- John, of Scurdargue, the ancestor of the mand he was obliged to relinquish in 1814, family of Pitlurg, carried on the male line in consequence of declining health, and on of the family, and his descendant, the prethat occasion be had the honour and gratifi- sent Pitlurg, is consequently, the descents cation of receiving a very kind and conso- being clear and uninterrupted, the chief latory letter from H. R. H. the Duke of lineal male representative of the family of York, acknowledging and thanking him for Gordon. From the family of Pitlurg uphis long and zealous service. He m. Lucy, wards of sixty families have sprung, who all third daughter of Sir Hugh Crawford, bart. settled in the north. of Jordanbill, and had issue,

From various causes arising from the 1. WILLIAM, his heir.

civil wars, &c, it would seem that the family 11. Thomas, who married Harriet, third of Pitlurg lost much of their power after the

daughter of Lieutenant-general Sir year 1661, and it does not appear that they William Hutchinson.

began to regain their influence before the IJI. James, who m. Jane-Adelaide, se year 1731. Since that period, however, the

cond daughter of Sir Thomas Mac- estates have been greatly increased, and the kenny, bart. of Dublin.

influence of the family has progressed with 1. Crawford, m. to William Forlong, its wealth. The estates of Birnes and Leask, esq. of Errins.

and those left by Mr. Skene, of Dyce, have 11. Isabella, m. to Francis Gordon, esq. restored the family to their former rank, and

of Kincardine, brother of James Gor- given its present representative an equal don, of Craig

political and personal influence with that III. Reubina.

exercised by his ancestor, Sir John Gordon, iv. Lucy.

in the 16th century. Pitlurg died in 1828, and was

s. by his

Arms-Az, three boars' heads within a eldest son, the present William GORDON- bordure or. CUMING-SKENE, esq. of Pitlurg and Dyce. Crest-A dove arg. beaked, membered gu.

From the first settlement of Adam de in its beak an olive branch ppr. Gordun in Scotland, in the year 1057 to the Supporters---Dexter, a knight in complete present day, a period of 779 years has armour, his vizor up, with shield and lance, elapsed, during which time there have been all ppr.; sinister, a boar ppr. twenty-six descents in the lineal male line Motto-I hope. of Pitlurg. The Viscounts of Kenmure, Estates-In Aberdeenshire. however, also connect a lineal uninterrupted Seats-Pitlurg and Park hill.


FLETCHER, THOMAS-WILLIAM, esq. of Dudley, in the county of Worcester, m. 13th September, 1831, Jane-Maria, daughter of James Russell, esq. of Bescot Hall, in the county of Stafford, by Sarah, his wife, daughter and co-heir of the Rev. John Best Clerk, M.A.* fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, sub-dean and prebendary of Wolverhampton, vicar of Sedgley, and incumbent of Bilston, all in the county of Stafford, and has a daughter,

Mr. Fletcher succeeded his father in the year 1827, being then a minor.

The representatives of the family of Best have, without the exception of a single generation, been beneficed clergymen in the counties of Worcester and Stafford since the time of the Reformation, and in the former county they possessed the advowsons of Elmley Lovett and Doverdale.



Thomas FletcherJof Fetherstone, county Stafford, b. 2nd October, 1690, was an officer in the army of K. Charles I. He enlarged the estate by the purchase of lands in Wirley Magnâ, Wirley Parva, Saredon, Cannock, and Cheslyn Hay, in the 4th Charles I. He m. 24th July, 1620, Elizabeth, daughter of William Poole, and was killed at Marston Moor in the year 1643, leaving issue,

Thomas, his heir.
Anne, baptized 13th Nov. 1621.

Margerie, baptized 7th June, 1625.
His son and heir,

Thomas FLETCHER, esq. de magna Wirley, baptized 3rd Aug. & 4 Car. I. (1620,) m. 18th

Jan. 10 Car. II. Mary, daughter of The family of Fletcher is of antiquity in Bourne, and had issue, the shires of Stafford and Warwick, as in THOMAS, his heir. that of Cumberland, where the resident ob John, baptized 2nd June 1670. tained a baronetcy temp. CHARLES I.* There Katharine, born 12th, and baptized 14th are proofs extant that the branch before us November, 13th Chas. II. (1661.) was seated in the county of Stafford so early He died 10th September, 1691, and was s. as the reign of Edward' II. but from the de- by his elder son, struction of the early records, the pedigree

THOMAS FLETCHER, of Wyrley magna, can be authentically deduced only from the B. A. of New College, Oxford, born 21st time of Queen Elizabeth, when

March, baptized 14th April, 16 Charles II. THOMAS FLETCHER, of Water Eyton and 1664, m. Catherine Richards, and d. 21st Shareshall, in the county of Stafford, acquired Feb. 1718, leaving issue, estates there by marriage with Margaret, THOMAS, his heir. daughter and eventually heiress of Ralf Al Catherine, b. 1708, m. H. Hodgetts, and port, esq.t of Cannock, a portion of which

d. s. p. 1731. are now held by his descendants, having Elizabeth, 6.1709, m.1733, George Keen, always passed in the male line: of this mar esq. of Stafford, and d. leaving an only. riage there were issue,

child, George Keen, esq. alderman THOMAS, his heir.

and mayor of Stafford, who m. at St. Margaret, b. 23rd May 1592, mentioned George's, Hanover Square, London,

in the Heraldic Visitations for Staf Elizabeth Mary,only dau. and heiress fordshire, to have m. Ist, William of Willoughby Richard Pickering, Chetwynd, esq. of the Ridge, co. Staf of Hanover Square, M. D., and d. ford, and on his decease to have re

without issue, 1822. married Francis Giffard of Water Ann, b. 1710, m. 1733, Thomas Cope, esq. Eyton, esq. “ who was slain before of Leacroft, in the county of Stafford, Dudley Castle, he being a captaine for and died 15th March, 1757, leaving an his majesty King Charles I.' and who only daughter, Ann, now living unm. was a grandson of Sir Thomas Gifford His only son and heir, of Chillington, for whose pedigree see Thomas Flercuer, esq. of Cannock, bapt. vol. i. p. 203.

19th March, 1707, m. 1738, Mary, only dau. Mr. Fletcher was buried at Shareshall, 24th and heiress of William Keelinge,l esq. of October 1610; his widow, 16th April, 1616. Sedgley Park, co. Stafford, by Eleanor, his His son,

wife, dau. of Gibbons, esq. of Ettingsole The names Flecharius and Le Flecher are of eldest sons. Plot, in his history of Staffordshire, frequent occurrence in the public records of Rich-observes that the Littleton family, who have large ard I. and King John.

possessions in this part of the county, have all been + In the Heralds' College are several letters from Sir Edwards from the time of Edward VI, The Mr. William Alport, of Cannock, to Sir William same circumstance may also be observed in many Dugdale, which are sealed with arms differing from pedigrees recorded in the present work. those in the visitation, by the addition of a canton, On the 9th May, 1643, 19 Car. I., Thomas

distinction Sir William frequently gave to a Fletcher, a student in the municipal laws, had liyounger branch of a family. The original of this berty granted bim (though then absent) to take seal of silver is now in the possession of Mr. Flet- the degree of Bach, of the Civil Law, when he eber.

should come to the university. Wood's Fasti Oxon. : It appears to be a custom in many families to || The family of Keelinge was seated at Bewarshand down the same Christian name through the ley, in the county of Stafford, at the time of the

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