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Dec 17th, 2007, 05:29 PM
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Gordon Clan

G'day from Australia!

My husband is a "sept" (direct sub family) of the Gordon Highlanders in Scotland.

We are visiting Scotland May 2008 and wouldn't mind visiting any places that might be significant to the Gordon Clan (if there are any).

Hoping some Fodorites might have some knowledge in this area - as I don't (LOL).

Thanks in advance
Cheers from "down under"
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Dec 17th, 2007, 06:27 PM
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And a G'day to you jgbg although it is evening here in California.

Your question has caused me some panic..I have a wonderful large book on the Clans of Scotland as my paternal side are Scots. And although I am quite organized I cannot find the book. Whereever is it?

Well in any case I went to www.google.com. Here is a website to get you started:
http://www.rampantscotland.com/clans/blclangordon.htm

I hope this website will help..do review it..it looks quite informative.

And Cheers to you..my father by the way was raised in your beautiful Australia.


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Dec 17th, 2007, 06:34 PM
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I also have Gordons in my family history. LoveItaly - I will have to check out that website and bookmark it. Haven't made it to Scotland yet, but it's on the list.

jgbg - have a great trip!
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Dec 17th, 2007, 06:37 PM
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For any Scots..just go to Google and in the search engine type in ie: Gordon Clan, Scotland or whatever clan name in appropriate.

Now where is my beautiful book? The first one I owned was loaned out and never returned. I purchased another one..quite large actually..and all my books are in one spot..and it is not there. Headache time.
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Dec 17th, 2007, 06:51 PM
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LoveItaly.........don't let the missing book keep you up all night!!! It will show up!
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Dec 17th, 2007, 10:01 PM
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How about Gordonstoun?
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Dec 17th, 2007, 10:52 PM
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But Grcxx, I don't have the book!! I have looked and looked. I can't imagine why not. What could have happened to it? Well I know you don't know, lol, but seriously how strange. Well I will ask my daughter if it is at her house although I am sure it is not.

jgbg, let us know if you get any good information from the websites.
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Dec 17th, 2007, 11:31 PM
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Aha! An Aberdeenshire question. My specialist subject.

Start at Huntly Castle which was the seat of the clan chief till it burned down. It's open to the public through Historic Scotland.

The Marquis of Huntly is still clan chief but is based at Aboyne (his secondary title is Earl of Aboyne)but the castle there is private.

Other branches include Haddo- and the house there is owned by NTS and open to the public. The park is also open. Lord Aberdeen lives in what was the grounds.

Then there's Gight which was the seat of Lord Byron's family. The woods there are owned by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. The castle is a ruin.

Traditionally, the Gordons were the most powerful clan in the north east and HEAPS of other families owed them loyalty- which meant they could raise a mighty army- so they have left marks over a vast range.

Incidentally, the Gordon Highlanders
was the name of the regiment of this area- immensely important to everyone here- but it's not part of the clan as such. Now subsumed into the amorphous Highlanders.

"A Gordon for me, a Gordon for me.
If you're no a Gordon, you're no use to me.
The Black Watch is braw; the Seaforths an' a'
But the cocky we Gordon's the pride of them a'"

Which sept?


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Dec 17th, 2007, 11:37 PM
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Oh no!!! I am so sorry you can't find it!!!

I know how frustrating stuff like that is. I was missing the "letters" my kids got this past summer verifying the community service work they had done in New Orleans. Couldn't find them anywhere....altho I KNEW they were in a safe place! Explained the situation to my older son's teacher and even tho my son had written a formal edescription/evaluation of his work and had photos of him working......the teacher would not count the hours he worked without the signed letter. I told her....it was a FORM letter for goodness sakes!!!

Finally found it.......stuck with all the info I had for our trip to Italy this week! Now how on earth did it get there???????
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Dec 18th, 2007, 02:33 AM
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G'day and thanks to all!

LoveItaly - Hope you've found your book and that I wasn't the cause of too much stress I will certainly check Google and the website. Is your father still in Australia or what age did he leave?

Sheila - you are a wealth of knowledge!! The sept is Gardner.

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Dec 26th, 2007, 03:24 AM
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I'm struggling on Gardiners/Gardners.

Do you want me to ask my mother in law? She's a bit of whiz about these things.
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Dec 26th, 2007, 04:50 AM
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Sheila and her mom will probably be able to get lots of info for you.

Another suggestion - not sure if it is the same in OZ, but here in the States every clan has pretty active organizations/societies. My first stop when trying to find where some family originated is contacting the Clan locally. They usually have at least basic info where most of the septs are based. From there I can then zero in by contacting folks in those towns in Scotland.

Maybe worth a shot to Contact Clan Gordon in Australia.
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Dec 26th, 2007, 07:29 AM
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Loveitaly,
Is your book called "The Collins Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia" (by George Way, George Way of Plean, and Romilly Squire)???

If so, 'fraid I've got it.
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Dec 26th, 2007, 10:23 AM
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Hello there Zelphiacat? You ended up with my book??? I don't remember loaning it to you!

Seriously though, I am almost sure the name of the book I had was called something like "The Clans of Scotland". It was quite a big book with a gold cover and a drawing of a bagpiper. In that the dimensions were so big (the biggest book I owned) I know I no longer have it as it couldn't be "hiding". And I sure did not get rid of it when I moved. Very strange.

This is the second book of the Scottish Clan's that has dissapeared. The first book was loaned to a family with a Scottish background. They never returned it and some months later when I asked for it back they informed me they didn't know where it was, sigh. After that I have never loaned a book to anyone except my daughter.

I am going to go on Amazon and see if I can "find" the book I am missing.

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Dec 26th, 2007, 10:29 AM
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Presumably as a biological descendent you aren't from the Gay Gordons?
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Dec 26th, 2007, 10:36 AM
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Well, LoveItaly...you didn't actually LOAN it too me. You know us Scots though...My family clan (the MacGregors) were run out of Scotland by the Campbells for stealing their livestock and then we had to change our name!!!

I think the Campbells actually stole our livestock first.
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Dec 26th, 2007, 10:42 AM
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LOL zelphiacat..the one clan my Scottish grandfather always grumbled and talked negative about was the Campbells! My clan is the Rose Clan by the way. The hatred of the Campbell's were handed down generation to generation!
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Dec 26th, 2007, 01:20 PM
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I FOUND MY BOOK! Yes I am yelling..with joy, lol! I started polishing the inside of the armoire where I keep all of my books and when removing the books I discovered I had another stack of books behind a stack in front. It pays to do housework! I am so happy! I am practically doing a gig!

The book is titled "The Clans" and the author is RR McIan. It is truly a beautiful and wonderful book.

I feel like I just received another Christmas present!

At the beginning of the book there is the list of The Clans and their connected family names. There is also the map of Scotland showing as they state it "the distribution of the clans covered in this volume".

A lot of good information regarding the Gordon's jgbg

If anyone is interested in this book the ISBN is 0-394-51171-9

Cheers!!



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