John Forbes, Esq., of Haddo

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).

Source Notes:


Book – The County Families of the United Kingdom Or, Royal Manual of the Titled and Untitled Aristocracy of Great Britain and Ireland

By – Edward Walford
Publisher – R. Hardwicke, 1869
Extract – page 370
FORBES, 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.

Source: A vision of Britain through time.
Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Haddo, House of
Haddo, 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)

The above source’s would place the John Forbes of Haddo, who witnessed the baptisms of John Gordon Senior’s children at least a generation older than William Forbes, Esq., of Ferrintosh.

The following source has been taken from the Farm horse tax rolls 1797-1798
Farm Horse Tax 1797-1798, Volume 01
Parish 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 1797-1798Farm horse tax rolls 1797-1798 Parish of Forgue

This following source refers to John Forbes, Esq., of Haddo (1794 – 1880), so he was born at least two generations after John Forbes of Haddo witness to the baptisms. The interesting thing to note with this document is that property held by this younger John Forbes appears in these ordnance records next to a property in which James Walker was a tenant of. James Walker of Chapel of Garioch and Inverkeithny (1814 – 1899) is my 4th great-grandfather. He was the husband of Barbara Cowie (1815 – 1904), who was the daughter of James Cowie (1778 – 1828) by Helen Gordon (1781 – before 1851), who was a daughter of John Gordon senior.
 So the family of Forbes seem to have many local connections to later generations of my tree.

Ordnance Survey Books
Banffshire OS Name Books, 1867-1869
Banffshire, Volume 19
Inverkeithny Ordnance Survey BookInverkeithny Ordnance Survey Book

If anyone has any answers or further details about the ancestry of John Forbes of Haddo I would love to hear from you.

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