• Notes on Rathven Parish Jacobites from "Jacobites of Aberdeenshire and Banffshire in the Rising of 1715"
  • By Alistair and Henrietta Taylor (Aberdeen 1934)

  • Alexander Anderson of Arradoul

    One of 16 heritors [landowners] of Banffshire who surrendered at Banff in March 1716. Son of James Anderson, sometime of Auchinreath. Said to have married Anne, daughter of Sir John Gordon of Park by his 3rd wife, Katherine Ogilvie of Kempcairn and died in 1727 being at that time practically bankrupt. [Alexander Anderson of Arradoul was buried on September 4, 1725]

    Alexander Gordon of Cairnfield

    Son of Robert Gordon, 6th of Cairnfield, appears to have been rather a wild young man. After the '15 he went to Holland and became a merchant in Amsterdam. His father died in 1688, Alex. Gordon acquired Cairnfield in 1718 and disposed of it to his brother-in-law, Alex Gordon, W. S. who had married his sister Elizabeth.

    George Gordon of Buckie

    Twice married; firstly, about 1706 to Jean Burnet by whom he had a son George who succeeded him in Buckie and was 'out' in 1745, and a daughter, Katherine who married Harry Lumsden of Cushnis?. He married, secondly, in 1717, Margaret, daughter of George Gordon of Glasterim, ('out' in 1715), and had two sons, Charles, a Jacobite in 1745, and four daughters. George Gordon took up arms in 1715 - some intelligence capacity. He was captured at Dunfermline by Col. Cathcart; he escaped, but surrendered in March, 1716 at Banff. He died in 1729.

    George Gordon of Glasterim

    The second son of Patrick Gordon of Glasterim, cadet of Letterfourie. He married Violet, daughter of Michael Strachan of Auchnagatt and had James and Charles, both 'out' in 1745 and Margaret who married George Gordon of Buckie, [in 11.11.1717]. He died in 1721. One of the 16 heritors who surrendered at Banff in March 1716.

    Dr. James Gordon of Hilton

    The son of Dr. John Gordon of Collieston. He married Barbara Cumming in 1731. Son John succeeded him. Possibly "surgeon" in Mar's army. Captured at Sheriffmuir on 31.11.1715. He died in 1755.

    James Gordon of Letterfourie

    Son of John Gordon of Letterfourie, who died before 6.9.1715, and his first wife, Janet Seton. James married in 1695, Glicerie, first daughter of Sir James Dunbar. They had four sons, Alex, ('out' in 1745), but ultimately succeeded to Letterfourie, and three daughters. He was on the Hanovarian side in 1745 and died in [March] 1748 aged 88.

    Charles Hay of Rannas

    Eldest son of James Hay of Rannas and his wife, Margaret Gordon of Glengerack. Charles, born in 1688 married Helen Fraser in 1710 and had two sons, Andrew, the elder, was 'out' in 1745 [and Alexander], and five daughters, [Mary, Catherine, Clementina, Margaret and Jane, (MI 1)]. Charles was 'out' in 1715 and was one of the 16 heritors who surrendered at Banff in 1716. He died in London in 1751. [He was buried in Westminster Abbey]

    John Ord of Findochty

    Eldest son of William Ord of Findochty and his wife Jean Innes. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Alex Innes of Coxton on 9.8.1710 and had a sasine of lands of Findochty in 1712. He sold the lands of Findochty to James, Earl of Findlater in 1724 and nothing more is recorded of him. It isn't clear whether he rose in 1715, but he was Findlator's man. [John Ord of Findochty died in Cullen in 1752 and "Lady Findochty" was recorded as such in 1735].

    George Stewart of Tannachie

    The second son of Patrick, he accompanied his brother Andrew of Auchlunkart in 1715. He married Ann Abercromby in 1722 and died in December 1748. He was taken prisoner, but four witnesses from Enzie claimed that he was forced 'out' by his superior, the Duke of Gordon, and he was discharged.

    John Stewart of Boggs

    The younger brother of Andrew Stewart, 4th of Tannachie, (d.1686), and therefore great uncle of Andrew Stewart of Auchlunkart and George Stewart of Tannachie. Boggs or Easter Boggs is a farm just off the avenue on the way up to Cairnfield. (Valuation Rolls of 1690: Raff. P. E. Boggs - John Stewart, Twenty Six Pounds). In 1706 he was described as "Chamberlain of the Enzie", that is to the Duke of Gordon. He married, before 4.11.1697, Jean Gordon of Farskane.

    Rev. James Gordon, Glasterim

    The son of Patrick Gordon of Glasterim who died in 1704 and brother of George Gordon of Glasterim, the family being cadets of Letterfourie. James, born in 1664, was sent to Scots College, Paris, in 1680 and returned to Scotland in 1692 and was missionary priest in his native district until 1702, then he went off to Rome and died in 1746. He seemingly took part in Jacobite intrigues.

    Father Lewis Innes

    He was born in Walkerdales in the Enzie in 1651, the second son of James Innes, 1st of Drumgask and his wife, Jane Robertson, daughter of Robert Robertson, Provost of Aberdeen. Lewis Innes studied at Scots College in Paris and in 1682, became principal of that establishment until 1713 when he was appointed "Lord Almoner", ie confidential Secretary to the Chevalier. He already had been Lord Almoner to Mary of Madonna, the consort of James VII. One of the Jacobite Privy Council of Five and for a few months in 1690 had been Secretary of State for Scotland. He died in Paris on 22.1.1738.

    Lord Findlater wrote on 10.8.1715, "Letterfury, Bogs and Tannachy will also be friendly". In September, 1715, orders were issued by the Marquess of Huntly to John Stewart of Boggs and col. James Innes whom he appointed commander of that district to raise all vassals in Strathbogie. Alexander Hay of Arnbath, [near Portsoy], says in his petition that he was "forced out by Stewart of Boggs".

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