David Geddes


Generation 4i

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David Geddes b.1751 d.1812 [more information].

Son of George Geddes b.1715 and Katherine Johnston.

Married in 1784 Margaret "Peggy" Cruikshank b.17?? d.1805, first cousin, daughter of Andrew Cruikshank b.1726 and Margaret "Granny o'Hoy" Geddes and grand-daughter to "Tacksman" David Geddes b.circa 1665

They had 7 sons and 7 daughters, earning David the name of 'Father of Orkney'

F i Ann christened 24 Jan 1785 at Stromness, Orkney, Scotland¹ d. before 1841².
Married 12 May 1804 William² or James³ Strang, Tacksman at Lopness, Sanday, Orkney.
M ii George b.31 January 1786 at Stromness and christened the same day¹.1840 aged 54.
Married 8 January 1814 Elizabeth Anderson of South Ronaldsay, Orkney, Scotland b.1794 d.1838, daughter (xi) of James 1st of Rispond b.1746 d.1828
M iii Andrew b.2 Feb 1787 at Stromness and christened the same day¹ d.1830 unmarried.
Set up in a small Tack called Evelex near Dornoch
M iv James John b.26 May 1788 at Stromness and christened the same day¹.
Commanded a ship in the naval service of the East India Company, and died on his station (unmarried? or did he possibly marry Jane Crookshank on 22 December 1812?).
F v Margaret b.18 October 1789 at Stromness and christened the same day¹.
Married 1 September 1810 John Cruikshank, her first cousin. They had the following children, the last two the last of the Cruikshanks on Orkney:
Harry died young;
Ann unmarried;
Margaret unmarried.
F vi Barbara christened 23 Oct 1790 at Stromness¹ died young.
M vii David b.23 October 1791 at Stromness christened 23 November 1791¹.
Engaged to his first cousin, another Margaret Cruikshank, died a young man, unmarried, in Bombay.
F viii Unknown christened 29 March 1793 at Stromness¹
F ix Katharine christened 23 April 1794 at Stromness¹ died young.
F x Marjorie christened 26 April 1795 at Stromness¹
Married Captain Munro of Foulis.
M xi Fraser RN b.1796 christened 29 June 1796 at Stromness¹ killed in action
M xii Harry RN b.1797 christened 25 July 1797 at Stromness¹ killed in action
M xiii Robert RN b.1799 at Stromness christened 12 April 1801¹ died when his ship was struck by lightning at sea.
F xiv Elizabeth christened 30 November 1798 at Stromness¹
F xv Jean christened 10 January 1800 at Stromness¹ died young.
F xvi Unknown christened 16 August 1804 at Stromness¹ died young.
F xvii Lean or Lane b.1805 at Stromness christened 19 February 1806¹.
Married J Scarth. Their descendants are a well-established family in Canada.

¹http://www.cursiter.com/txt-exe-files/Geddes.txt
²Archie Gilbert, 3 x great-grandchild of Ann.
³Baron Geddes in his book Forging of a family.

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During the final years of his life David seems to have lost control of the family business started by his grandfather to the favour of a Captain Sims, with whom he had shared some time in captivity. Excesses included making promises of large dowries for his daughters, which would rebound in his son George's time.

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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.

And the rest

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

© John Hibbert 2001-2013

11 April, 2013