Adam de Gordun, 1st of that Ilk (1030 – 1093)

Adam de Gordun, 1st of that Ilk, is my 29th great-grandfather he was born nearly 1000 years ago, Adam is the forefather of every Gordon living today.
He was slain at the Battle of Alnwick on the 13 November 1093.
My known Gordon Ancestry stretches back hundreds of years to the 11th century and ending in the 18th with Helen Gordon, my 5th great-grandmother.
Below is a brief known history of Adam de Gordun.
In the year 1040, Duncan I., King of Scotland, was defeated and slain near Elgin by Maclbeatha, Maormer of Moray (Shakespeare’s Macbeth) who certainly had some claim to the throne being a grandson of Malcolm II. The son of Duncan, malcolm Canmore fled to England and was received at the Court of Edward the Confessor where he lived for some fifteen years. Risings took place against Maclbeatha, who incidentally was not the villain Shakespeare made him out to be, and one of the most powerful lords, Duff, Thane of Fife, went to England and persuaded Malcolm to make an effort to regain the throne. Edward the Confessor granted Malcolm the aid of some ten thousand men under Siefried, Earl of Northumberland, and with these and some French and Norman knights then at the English Court, Malcolm marched into Scotland. Eventually he met Maclbeatha at Lumphanan, some twenty miles west of Aberdeen, when the usurper was defeated and slain in 1057.

It was in this manner that the Gordons first came into Scotland for among the foreign knights who accompanied Malcolm was Adam de Gordun who, for his services in aiding Malcolm to regain the throne, was granted lands near the lower Tweed, and these lands were called Gordon after his name. We hear no more of Adam till 1093 when Malcolm Canmore invaded England and was defeated and killed near Alnwick. Among the slain was Adam who left a son.

Adam ‘1st of that Ilk’ de GORDUN (1030 – 1093)
29th great-grandfather
Adam ‘2nd of that Ilk’ de GORDUN (1080 – 1138)
son of Adam ‘1st of that Ilk’ de GORDUN
Adam ‘de Huntly and Faunes’ de GORDUN (1115 – )
son of Adam ‘2nd of that Ilk’ de GORDUN
Alexander ‘de Huntly and Faunes’ de GORDUN (1150 – )
son of Adam ‘de Huntly and Faunes’ de GORDUN
Adam ‘de Huntly and Faunes’ de GORDUN (1200 – 1269)
son of Alexander ‘de Huntly and Faunes’ de GORDUN
Adam ‘of Huntly’, ‘6th of that Ilk’ de GORDUN (1225 – 1274)
son of Adam ‘de Huntly and Faunes’ de GORDUN
Adam ‘7th of that Ilk’ de GORDUN (1259 – 1296)
son of Adam ‘of Huntly’, ‘6th of that Ilk’ de GORDUN
Sir Adam ‘8th of that Ilk’ de GORDUN (1275 – 1333)
son of Adam ‘7th of that Ilk’ de GORDUN
Alexander ‘9th of that Ilk’ de GORDUN (1300 – 1346)
son of Sir Adam ‘8th of that Ilk’ de GORDUN
John ’10th of that Ilk’ de GORDUN (1325 – 1375)
son of Alexander ‘9th of that Ilk’ de GORDUN
John ’11th of that Ilk’ de GORDON (1345 – 1394)
son of John ’10th of that Ilk’ de GORDUN
Sir John ‘of that Ilk’, “Justiciary” de GORDON (1364 – 1394)
son of John ’11th of that Ilk’ de GORDON
John de GORDON (1384 – )
son of Sir John ‘of that Ilk’, “Justiciary” de GORDON
Alexander ‘of Essil’ GORDON (1404 – )
son of John de GORDON
Alexander ‘of Drumin, Bailie of Badenoch and Strathawn’ GORDON (1452 – 1504)
son of Alexander ‘of Essil’ GORDON
Katharin GORDON Lady (1494 – )
daughter of Alexander ‘of Drumin, Bailie of Badenoch and Strathawn’ GORDON
John ‘of Cairnborrow and Edenglassie’ GORDON (1525 – 1594)
son of Katharin GORDON Lady
John ‘of Cairnborrow and Edenglassie’ GORDON (1544 – )
son of John ‘of Cairnborrow and Edenglassie’ GORDON
Sir Adam ‘of Park’ GORDON (1583 – 1629)
son of John ‘of Cairnborrow and Edenglassie’ GORDON
Sir John “2nd Laird of Park and Glenbucket” GORDON (1610 – )
son of Sir Adam ‘of Park’ GORDON
Sir John “3rd Laird of Park and Cluny”, “1st Baronet” GORDON (1631 – 1713)
son of Sir John “2nd Laird of Park and Glenbucket” GORDON
Sir James “4th Laird of Park”, “2nd Baronet” GORDON (1680 – 1727)
son of Sir John “3rd Laird of Park and Cluny”, “1st Baronet” GORDON
James ‘of Cobairdy’ GORDON Esq (1724 – 1773)
son of Sir James “4th Laird of Park”, “2nd Baronet” GORDON
John ‘of Forgue’, ‘in Auchabar, Comisty & Dummuies’ GORDON (1749 – 1810)
son of James ‘of Cobairdy’ GORDON Esq
Helen GORDON (1781 – 1841)
daughter of John ‘of Forgue’, ‘in Auchabar, Comisty & Dummuies’ GORDON
Barbara COWIE (1815 – 1904)
daughter of Helen GORDON
Alexander WALKER (1846 – 1931)
son of Barbara COWIE
Barbara Eliza WALKER (1875 – 1957)
daughter of Alexander WALKER
Doris Margery TAYLOR (1904 – 1999)
daughter of Barbara Eliza WALKER
Joyce Margery PLASKETT (1934 – 2013)
daughter of Doris Margery TAYLOR
Christine Angela Deborah BEAN (1957 – )
daughter of Joyce Margery PLASKETT
Stephen Robert KUTA
I am the son of Christine Angela Deborah BEAN
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5 thoughts on “Adam de Gordun, 1st of that Ilk (1030 – 1093)

  1. I have six known direct Gordon ancestors in my family:

    Adam de Gordon ( – 1402), 19th great-grandfather, married Elizabeth Keith ( – 1437)

    Elizabeth Gordon ( – 1438), 18th great-grandmother, married Alexander Seton ( – 1440)

    Alexander Gordon (1420 – 1470), 17th great-grandfather, married Elizabeth Crichton ( – 1479)

    George Gordon ( – 1501), 16th great-grandfather, married Elizabeth Hay

    Alexander Gordon ( – 1523), 15th great-grandfather, married Jean Stewart ( – 1510)

    Jean Gordon (1479 – 1530), 14th great-grandmother, married Colin Campbell (1486–1529)

    Adam de Gordon, the first known Gordon in my family tree, died on 14 Sep 1402 at the Battle of Homildon Hill, Northumberland, England: https://kindredconnection.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/rose_thistle/

    It would be wonderful to tie my Adam de Gordon back to the Gordon progenitor. Wish me luck… 🙂

    My deepest thanks to you, Stephen, for sharing this information with the rest of us.

    • How lovely… it looks like we have quite a few overlap ancestors!

      Unfortunately, I cannot access that record, as I do not have a paid subscription to Ancestry.com. No worries, though. It looks as if I will be able to make that connection via some other online method. For pointing me in the right direction, I thank you, Stephen.

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