Geddes is a surname of English and Scottish origin. In Scotland and northern Ireland the name may be derived from the place-name Geddes in Nairn, Scotland. The Dictionary of American Family Names claims that the surname is more likely a patronymic name derived from the name Geddie, itself perhaps an altered form of MacAdam. In… Continue reading Geddes


THE predecessors of the Roses of Kilravock settled in Nairnshire during the reign of King David I, the documentary history of the race commencing in the reign of Alexander II, at which time they held the lands of Geddes in Inverness. The Kilravock family have enjoyed their property through a descent of 27 generations. Hugh, the son and successor of Hugh Rose of Geddes, married Mary, daughter of Sir Andrew de Bosco of Redcastle, and thus obtained Kilravock, which was erected into a Barony in 1474. His son, William, had two sons, Andrew, the second, ancestor of the Roses of Auchlossan in Mar, and Hugh, his successor, whose son married Janet, daughter of Sir Robert Chisholm, Constable of Urquhart Castle, by whom he received a large accession to his lands. He left a son, Hugh, who was succeeded by his son, John, who married Isabella Cheyne of Esslemont. Hugh, son of this marriage, built the old tower of Kilravock in 1460. The castle is still inhabited. The Chiefs of the clan, as is usual in the Highlands, have always been styled “The Baron of Kilravock.”


THE Scott history begins in 1130, when there lived one Uchtredus filius Scoti, father of Richard, who is said to have had two sonsΒ— Richard, ancestor of the Scotts of Buccleuch, and Sir Michael, ancestor of the Scotts of Balweary. From Richard descended Sir David Scott of Branxholm and Alexander of Howpaisley. From Sir David descended Sir Walter, created Lord Scott of Buccleuch in 1600. His descendant Francis, 2nd Earl of Buccleuch, left a daughter Anne, Countess of Buccleuch, married to James, Duke of Monmouth, son of King Charles II. They were created Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch ; and though he was beheaded, her Dukedom has been handed down in regular course from father to son. Alexander’s (of Howpaisley) descendant in the eighth degree was Francis of Thirlestane, who was created a Baronet in 1666. His son and successor, Sir William, assumed the name of Napier on his marriage with Elizabeth, Mistress of Napier. Walter Scott of Synton, great- grandson of Richard above-mentioned, was ancestor of Walter of Harden, whose great-grandson was ancestor of the Scotts of Gala. Sir William’s (fifth of Harden) youngest son was great-grandfather of Sir Walter Scott, author of Waverley, etc. The Balweary Scotts are descended from Sir Michael, grandson of Uchtredus filius Scoti. Branxholm Castle is the ducal seat of the Chiefs of the Clan Scott.


THE Gordons had their origin in the Lowlands. The Scottish Gordons are descended from Sir Adam Gordon, the friend of Wallace, and to whom Bruce granted the lands of Huntly or Strathbogie. He fell at Halidon Hill in 1333. Alexander, 3rd Earl of Huntly, fought at Flodden. George, 6th Earl, was created a Marquis in 1599. George, 4th Marquis, was made Duke of Gordon in 1684. The Dukedom lapsed in 1836, and the Marquisate went to the Earl of Aboyne. The Earls of Aberdeen are descended from Patrick Gordon of Methlic, who fell in battle at Arbroath in 1445. Ten Baronetcies pertain to this clan: Gordonstoun, Cluny, Lismore, Lochinvar, Park, Dalpholly, Earlstoun, Embo, Halkin, Niton. Two regiments have been raised from it. The 92nd, or Gordon Highlanders, raised in 1794, and the old 75th and 92nd linked together, are now the Gordon Highlanders. The Marquis of Huntly is chief of the Gordon clan.