John Forbes, Esquire of Haddo was a witness to the baptisms of John Gordon, b. 1775 and Jean Gordon, b. 1779 both are the second and third children of John ‘of Forgue’, ‘in Auchabar, Comisty & Dummuies’ GORDON (1749 – 1810), This John Gordon (I shall call him John Senior for the purpose of this post) is my 6th great-grandfather, he was the son of James Gordon Esquire of Cobairdy (1724 – 1773) and Lady Mary Forbes (1725 – 1793).
My aim with this post is to publish my research notes into how John Forbes, Esq., of Haddo relates to Lady Mary Forbes, (they may not be related at all).
Book – The County Families of the United Kingdom Or, Royal Manual of the Titled and Untitled Aristocracy of Great Britain and IrelandBy – Edward WalfordPublisher – R. Hardwicke, 1869Extract – page 370FORBES, John, Esq., of the House of Haddo, Aberdeenshire.Second son of the late William Forbes, Esq., of Ferrintosh, by Catherine, dau. Roderick Mackenzie, Esq., of Ferrintosh, N.B, b. 1794; m. 1825 Isabella, 2nd dau. of Murdoch Mackenzie, Esq., of Gairloch, co. Ross, and has, with other surviving issue,* John b. 1830, m. 1869, Annie, 2nd dau. Of Alexander John Kinloch, Esq., of Park, co. Aberdeenshire.Mr Forbes is a J.P. and D.I. For co. Banff. And a magistrate for Aberdeen; proprietor of the manor and Lands of Haddo and the Baronies of Inverkievny and Crombie, co. Banff – House of Haddo, Huntly, N.B.
#2Source: A vision of Britain through time.Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Haddo, House ofHaddo, House of, an estate, with a good mansion, in Forgue parish, Aberdeenshire, near the left bank of the Burn of Forgue, 8 miles NE of Huntly. Its late proprietor, John Forbes, Esq. (1794-1880), held 161 acres in the shire, valued at £179 per annum.—Ord. Sur., sh. 86, 1876.(F.H. Groome, Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1882-4)
#3The following source has been taken from the Farm horse tax rolls 1797-1798Farm Horse Tax 1797-1798, Volume 01Parish of Forgue.Mr John Forbes Haddo appears in the document below, as far as I can tell, he was the only John Forbes residing in the area at the time the baptism’s took place.￼Farm horse tax rolls 1797-1798 Parish of Forgue
#4Ordnance Survey BooksBanffshire OS Name Books, 1867-1869Banffshire, Volume 19￼Inverkeithny Ordnance Survey Book