Name: Francis Gordon
Suffix: 8th of Craig
Birth: ABT 1681
Note: abt 35 in 1716
Death: ABT 1727 in England
Change Date: 30 OCT 2012
Francis, VIIIth laird of Craig, succeeded his father when about 35 years of age in 1716, and appears to have survived him by only about 11 years.
There is no Retour of his services as heir. I have found hardly any information about him except what relates to his marriages and issue, and there are discrepancies in the details of these.
I give Harperfield's account first: I take it to be more correct than some others, and it has been adopted by the author of the letter press in "Castles of Aberdeenshire."
According to that authority
"he married first a daughter of Barclay of Towie and widow of John Gordon of Rothiemay, no issue :
[he married] secondly a daughter of Forbes of Balfluig by a daughter of Lord Banff his cousin, with issue, viz. : ?
I. John, heir apparent.
"He married thirdly Catherine Campbell, widow of Patrick Russell of Montcoffer, issue
II. Francis, died in the service of the King of Naples.
III. William, Merchant in Banff, no issue."
Balbithan states that this laird married first Balfluig's daughter (Forbes) with whom he begat a son, John Gordon [ninth] laird of Craig: that he married the lady Towie Barclay to his second wife : and after her death he married the Lady Moncoffer, with these two last he had no succession;" but in a parenthesis there is added in the M.S.,
"By the last he had two sons, Francis and William " ? probably this was added by Mr C. E. Dalrymple.
Both authorities add that he died in England in 1727.
A fragment of the Proney M.S. may also be given here, but there are several palpable errors in it; the first Francis mentioned in it is the one who died in 1716: it runs
"Francis Gordon, laird of Craig, married Elizabeth Murray [should be Menzies], daughter of [ ], whose name and arms stand above the garden door, by whom he had William [should be Francis], who married [ ] Ogilvy, daughter to Lord Banff."
"His son Francis married 1st Jean [should be Elizabeth] Barclay, daughter to the laird of Towie, but had no issue : his 2nd wife was [ ] Forbes, daughter to the laird of Balfluig, by whom he had John, who succeeded him, and Francis, who died in Russia; his 3rd wife was [ ] Campbell, daughter to [ ], by whom there was no issue. John, his eldest son, married Ann Reid, daughter to Reid of Haughton, by whom he had issue John, George, Francis,
and one daughter Barbara."
Catherine Campbell seems to have been the daughter of Colin Campbell of Lundie, who acquired part of Montcoffer from Sir Alexander Abercromby of Birkenbog about 1676 j the said Colin's wife having been Helen Abercrombie, apparently of the Glassaugh family.
Catherine married Patrick or Peter Russell, who acquired part of Montcoffer in 1680: he had also some salmon fishings in the Deveron: he died in 1713, and was succeeded by his son Alexander. (See Notes on Moncoffer in a Paper by Dr Cramond, Cullen, read to Banffshire Field Club 13th Nov. 1901.) Patrick's relict Catherine married
Francis Gordon, eighth laird of Craig, as his third wife, and Francis died in 1727.
(Memorials of the Family of Gordon of Craig)
Father: Francis Gordon
Mother: Agnes Ogilvy b: 1651
- Francis Gordon
- William Gordon