'Gordon10'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Gordon of Ardlogie, Gordon of Ardneidle, Gordon of Cairnfield, Gordon of Gight, Gordon of Letterfourie, Davidson of Newton

                               
Two alternative lines of descent are recorded for the early generations of this family. One, known as 'the Balbithan theory', shows the descent as follows:
Sir William, 1st of Gight
1. George, 2nd of Gight (dspm)
2. James of Cairnbannoch, 3rd of Gight
A. Alexander, 4th of Gight (dspmls)
3. James of Ardmacher (Ardmather)
A. William, 5th of Gight (had issue)
Because 'The House of Gordon', which is the main source used for this family, does pay respect to that theory but believes it necessary to reject it, we follow that book as follows ...
Sir William Gordon of Schivas and Gight (d Flodden 09.09.1513)
m. Janet Ogilvy (a 10.1536, dau of Sir Walter Ogilvy of Auchlevyn, 1st of Boyne)
1. George Gordon, 2nd of Gight (b c1502)
  m. Elizabeth Gordon (dau of Robert Gordon of Fetterletter)
  A. George Gordon, 3rd of Gight
  m. Agnes Beaton (b c1540, dau of David Beaton, Archbishop of St. Andrews, Cardinal of Scotland)
  i. Elizabeth Gordon
  m. Sir George Home, Earl of Dunbar (d 20.01.1611)
2. James Gordon of Cairnbannoch
  m. ?? Cheyne (dau of John Cheyne, 6th of Straloch)
  A. William Gordon (dsp)
  partner unknown
  B. John Gordon of Milton of Noth
  m. Margaret Caldwell (of family of Innes)
  i. John Gordon (Colonel)
3. John Gordon of Ardmacher or Ardmather, 4th of Gight (d before 1592)
  m. Marjory Gordon (dau of James Gordon of Lesmoir)
  A. William Gordon, 5th of Gight (d c1604)
  m. Isabel Ochterlony (d 05.1604, dau of William (?) Ochterlony of Kelly)
i. George Gordon, 6th of Gight (d 1640)
  m1. (before 1597) Isabell Wood (dau of Sir Patrick Wood of Bonnytoun)
  a. George Gordon, 7th of Gight
  m. (mcrt 01.11.1620) Elizabeth Ogilvy (dau of James Ogilvy, 6th Lord of Airlie)
  (1) George Gordon, 8th of Gight
  m1. (07.1642) _ Keith (dau of Sir William Keith of Ludquhairne)
  m2. Lucretia Irvine (dau of Robert Irvine of Fedderat)
  (m3. ?) Anna Forbes (b c1600, d 14.09.1667, dau of Lord Forbes)
There is some uncertainty on the identity of George's wife/wives. It is not known which was mother of ...
  (A) George Gordon, 9th of Gight (d before 1695)
  m. Elizabeth Urquhart (dau of Patrick Urquhart of Lethenty, later of Meldrum)
  (i) Marie Gordon, 10th of Gight (d before 29.01.1740)
  m. Alexander Davidson of Newton (d 1716)
(a) Alexander Davidson, later Gordon, 11th of Gight (bpt 25.05.1716, d 24.01.1760)
  m. Margaret Duff (b 20.12.1720, d 13.11.1801, dau of Patrick Duff of Craigston)
  ((1)) George Davidson, later Gordon, 12th of Gight (b 14.11.1741, d 09.01.1779)
  m. Catherine Innes (dau of Alexander Innes of Rosieburn)
  ((A)) Catherine Gordon, 13th of Gight (b c1765, d 01.08.1811)
  m. John Byron (b 07.02.1756, d 02.08.1791, captain)
  ((B)) Margaret Gordon (b 1766, d 07.03.1780)
  ((C)) Abercromby Gordon (d 01.1777)
  ((2)) Alexander Gordon Davidson of Newton (bpt 26.11.1744)
  m. Jean (dau of General R. Dalrymple-Horn-Elphinstone)
  ((A))+ 3 daughters (including Mary, Margaret)
  ((3))+ other issue - Patrick (bpt 19.12.1745), John (bpt 30.11.1749), William (bpt 29.07.1750), James (bpt 24.11.1752), Archibald (bpt 25.10.1754), Robert, Adam, Mary (bpt 09.01.1736), Margaret (bpt 29.01.1736), Elizabeth (bpt 14.11.1742, d 20.06.1804), Mary (bpt 29.12.1743), Margaret (bpt 19.10.1747, d 1764)
  (b) Elizabeth Davidson (b c1704, d 01.08.1788)
  m. James Gordon of Techmuirs
  (c) Isobel Davidson (bpt 11.12.1705, d before 1738)
  m. William Fordyce of Monkshill
  (d) Jean Davidson (b 01.06.1709)
  m. Andrew Robertson of Foveran
  (e)+ other sons - George (b 20.05.1704), Alexander (b 30.01.1707), Alexander (b 16.05.1711)
(B) Marie Gordon
  m. (02.06.1691) John Gordon (Lt. Colonel)
  (2)+ other issue - son, Barbara
  b. John Gordon
  c. Mary Gordon (d 20.08.1647)
  m. Sir Alexander Innes, 3rd of Coxton (b c1615, a 08.1677, dsp)
  d. Lilias Gordon
  m. William Hay of Fetterletter (a 12.1616)
  m2. (before 18.05.1617) Jean Abernethy (dau of George Abernethy, 7th Lord Saltoun)
  e. Alexander Gordon
  m. Lilias Menteith (dau of Sir William Menteith of Kers)
  (1) Barbara Gordon (d 1639)
m. (mcrt 03.01.1620) Sir John Turing, Bart of Favernon
  f. daughter
  ii. John Gordon of Ardlogie
  m. _ Keir (dau of Captain Thomas Keir)
  a. John Gordon of Ardlogie
  m. Isabel Innes (dau of Jerome Innes)
  (1) Elizabeth Gordon
  m. (c1659) John Innes, 5th of Edingight (d 03.02.1726)
  b. daughter
  m. John Gordon (of Knockespock family)
  c.+ other issue - Adam (eldest), Nathaniel (d 20.01.1646), George
  iii. Robert Gordon
  m. _ Ogilvie (dau of Ogilvie of Kempcairn)
  iv. Janet Gordon
  m. John Leith, 2nd of Harthill
  v. Christian Gordon
m. Sir Adam Gordon of Park
  vi. Anna Gordon
  m1. Alexander Gordon of Tulloch (of Crocallie family)
  m2. Thomas Gordon of Pittendreich (of Cluny family)
  vii. Jean Gordon
  m. George Gordon of Crichie or Cushney (cadet of Lesmoir)
  viii. Lucy Gordon
  m. James Mowat of Balquholly
  'The House of Gordon' suggests that they were parents of the Margaret who was mistress of William Sinclair of Mey but that James, mother of that Margaret, was some generations earlier.
  ix. Elspeth (Elizabeth) Gordon
  m. (1600, sp) James Cheyne of Pennan, 11th of Essilmont (d 1634)
  x. Marjorie Gordon
  m. (before 1587) Alexander ('Crag in Peril') Innes of Cotts and Leuchars
  xi.+ other issue - William, Patrick (had issue), Adam, Alexander in Burngraynes
  B. John Gordon
  m. Marjorie Auchinleck
  i.+ 2 daughters
C. Alexander Gordon had issue (in Holland)
  D. George Gordon
  E. Margaret Gordon
  m1. Alexander Chalmers of Strichen
  m2. _ Fraser (brother of laird of Philorth)
  F. Catharine Gordon
  m. John Keith of Clachriach
  G. Elspeth Gordon
  m. Arthur Gordon of Banchory
  H. Isobell or Jean Gordon
  m1. _ Hay
  m2. Patrick Grant of Muckerach, later of Rothiemurchus (d before 07.06.1617)
  I. daughter
  m. Patrick (?) Sinclair of Auchynarchie
J. daughter
  m. _ Gordon (brother of laird of Haddo)
  K. daughter
  m. John Innes of Blackhills (d before 1576)
4. Thomas Gordon
5. Catherine Gordon
  m. (c1533) James Innes, 2nd of Crommey (d Pinkie 10.09.1547)
6. Barbara Gordon
  m1. William Hay of Lesk & Lorny
  m2. (1541) John Grant of Ballindalloch (d 11.09.1559)

Main source(s): 'The House of Gordon', Volume 1, edited by John Malcolm Bulloch (printed for the New Spalding Club in Aberdeen, 1903)
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