Reverend James Anderson "High Priest" of Morpeth

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Reverend James Anderson "High Priest" of Morpeth b.1796 d.1882 [picture].

Son of John of English Mill, Inverugie b.1764 d.1855 and Ann Park d.1836 aged 72, and grandson of Alexander Anderson of English Mill, Inverugie (3) b.1721 d.1794 [More information]

Married Margaret Gavin [picture], daughter of Doctor Alexander Gavin of Strichen and sister of Mary Gavin d. 1864 aged 57, wife (1) of Alexander "Govie" Anderson (6) of Chanonry b.1808 d.1884

They had the following children:

F i Mary Ann b.1827 d.1903
Married in 1851 Thomas Jobling d.1884 aged 59, son of Thomas Jobling of Morpeth. They had 6 children.
F ii Margaret b.1828 d.
Married in 1849 Reverend Donald MacGillivray MA d.1892 aged 73, son of Reverend Donald MacGillivray d.1835, parish Minister of Kilmallie. Scion of the MacGillivrays of Dunmaglas, Chiefs of the Clan. The younger one was Minister of the Free Church at Melfort. They had 10 children.
F iii Elisa Ramsay b.1830 d.1908 [picture]
Married in 1855 James Cochran Stevenson of South Shields d.1905 aged 80.
M iv John b.1832 d.27 March 1897 at Morningside, Edinburgh.
Married in 1860 May Margaret Gordon d.1880 aged 42, daughter of Doctor William Gordon HEICS 1804 to 1881. They had the following children:
Ernest Gordon b.1862 d.
Effie Gordon b.1864 d.
Ian Gordon b.1866 d.
May Gordon b.1866 d.
Darsie Gordon b.1868 d.
Margaret Gordon b.1870 d.
Fergus Gordon b.1871 d.
Lesley Gordon b.1872 d.
Hope Gordon b.1874 d.
Roy Gordon b.1876 d.
Neil Gordon b.1878 d.
M v Alexander William b.1834 d.1911 unmarried. Oriental Banking Corporation, in India, Ceylon and Australia, and was General Manager in London on his retirement in 1888.
F vi Wilhelmina b.1836 d.1898 unmarried.
M vii James b.1837 d.16 October 1842 at Saint Fergus.
F viii Frances b.1840 d.1919
Married in 1879 John Reid d.1900, Minister of the Free Church. They had 2 sons.
F ix Agnes Jane b.1842 d.1918
Married in 1869 Sylvester McClelland, Minister of the Free Church. They had 11 children.
M x George Grey b.1844 d.1916 at Wimbledon unmarried. Business in Ceylon, Australia, S. America and India. Senior partner Lyall Anderson & Co, East India merchants, London. Height 6ft 4in
M xi Richard Thomas b.1846 d.1892. In Williamson, Balfour & Co, Valparaiso, and in Graham Rowe & Co, Lima.
Married at Lima, Peru Eloiza. They had 12 children.

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Reverend James Anderson "High Priest" of Morpeth b.1796 d.1882

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Reverend James Anderson and Margaret Gavin

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Elisa Ramsay Anderson b.1830 d.1908

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Notes on sources

Anderson family tree

Information is largely taken from the book 'The Andersons of Peterhead'. This was based on the records made by John Anderson 1825/1903 [VIII 32], known as 'China John'. This was brought up to date in 1936 by Cecil Ford Anderson [X 17] and Agnes Donald Ferguson [CS 45 X b]. Many photographs were taken and compiled in an album by Olive Edis (daughter of Mary Murray, daughter of Andrew Murray (2) of Aberdeen). Corrections to both Janet Innes Anderson's and Alexander Murray's death dates from Robert Murray Watt and Iain Forrest.

Forrest family tree

Iain Forrest kindly supplied material to update the Forrest family (progeny of William Forrest) details.

Hibbert family tree

The information is largely taken from a tree compiled by F.B. (she knows who she is!) with extra material found by the author.

Murray family tree

The 'Genealogical Table showing various branches of the Murray family', from which this information was taken, was prepared by Alexander Murray of Blackhouse, extended by Andrew Murray - advocate - Aberdeen circa 1880 and further extended by Arthur Murray Watt 1972. The generational notation is the author's.

Pike family tree

Information from family sources as well as 'Burke's Landed Gentry' 1875

Stevenson family tree and many Stevenson and Anderson photos

Deepest thanks for some fantastic pictures and for writing the wonderful book 'Jobs for the Boys' to Hew Stevenson, which you can see on

And the rest

Thanks also to all who have written in with information, advice, help and, most importantly, corrections.

© John Hibbert 2001-2013

28 February, 2021