George Geddes (1)

Generation 3i

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George Geddes (1) b.1715 d..

Son of "Tacksman" David Geddes b.circa 1665 and Marion Graham. More information

Married Katherine Johnston, daughter of John James Johnston of Coubister and Orphir, Stromness, Orkney.

They had the following children:

M i David b.1751 christened 4 November 1751¹ d.1812
Married in 1784 Margaret Cruikshank, first cousin, daughter of Granny o'Hoy.
M ii John "Jacobite" George b.1753 christened 3 October 1753¹ d.1777
Married Unknown. They had the following children:
George, supposed to have gone to Leith and managed or owned the glassworks at Seafield;
Margaret died in her teens

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There is a family tradition that George was present at the taking of Quebec under Wolfe in 1759, not as a soldier but possibly under the auspices of the Hudson's Bay Company.

One of the Geddes of the 6th generation used to tell how Robert Louis Stevenson, a remote connection, enjoyed listening to the Granny o'Hoy's stories as retold by Ann Anderson, and that the tale of Jacobite George's involvement in a pro-Jacobite conspiracy at Albany in America formed the basis for RLS' 'The Master of Ballantrae'. David procured a commission in His Majesty's army and was posted to North America. Being in command of a small force, he was attacked by the enemy and repulsed them. A Captain George Geddes was found wounded on the field, brought back and reputedly died in his brother's arms. Before he died he was able to tell his brother of his two children, who were then brought back to Orkney where they were brought up.
David promoted to Colonel, was a prisoner of war, not returning to Stromnes until 1783.

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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