Tuesday, June 06, 2006

I've Got Aristocratic Roots - Scots Wha Hae!

My cousin Jan's into genealogy and has been digging around her dad's side of the family and thinks she's discovered that his and my dad's side of the family has some aristocratic ancestry.

According to her delving around in old records, she thinks we're related to John Gordon of Glenbuchat, more commonly known as "The Old Glenbucket". Gordon was a famous Jacobite supporter who had fought at the Battle of Killiecrankie at age 16, the Battle of Sheriffmuir at 42 and at 72 he was still active in the 1745 rebellion right up to the final defeat at Culloden. This was a man well in with Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) and reputedly present at the raising of the standard at Glenfinnan.

The ancestral "pile" was Glenbuchat Castle in Aberdeenshire, although it has fallen into a bit of disrepair these days but it's in the hands of Historic Scotland now so I assume it'll be well looked after and provide a good historical resource for the nation and visitors.

It's warming thought to be possibly related to such a staunch patriot and particulalry one who supposedly haunted the dreams of King George II.

Scots Wha Hae!

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