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Arthur Gibbon, of Echt and Aberdeen

View of "New Aberdeen". From Theatrum Scotiae (1693) by John Slezer.
[Ogilvie, 1901] says this is a view of the Torry Bulwark. This was a long pier or bulwark that was erected in 1607 and stood until it was removed in about 1810.
See full size. From NLS.
See images from the book.

Arthur Gibbon, born 1614,
born Echt, Aberdeenshire (W of Aberdeen).
Problem with dates: See extract from [Barbara Yates Gibbon family tree] which says Arthur was born 1614 and settled Torry 1640.
But this seems far too early, given the dates for his children and grandchildren. How could a man born 1614 have a grandchild born 1752? Either the dates are wrong or there is a missing generation.

Lived part of his life in Echt, Aberdeenshire.
Moved into Aberdeen.
Settled in 1640 [Barbara Yates Gibbon family tree] in Torry village, just outside Aberdeen, at mouth of River Dee, as a shipbuilder.
He mar Elizabeth Gartley.
He died c.1686 [Alexander Gibbon family tree], age c.72 yrs.
He was bur St.Fittick's church, Nigg Bay (just outside Torry), Aberdeen.
Arthur and Elizabeth had issue:

  1. William Gibbon,
    eldest son.
    He got married in 1729 (the first definite date in the family tree).

  2. Alexander Gibbon.

  3. Margaret Gibbon, mar --- James and had issue:
    1. Robert James, died Lisbon.
    2. Betty James, mar John Cormick.

  4. Ann Gibbon, mar George Duncan and had issue:

    1. Elizabeth Duncan, mar James Grant.

    2. Ann Duncan, mar John Coutts and had issue:
      1. John Coutts.
      2. George Coutts.
      3. Ann Coutts [or Anne], born 1782 or 1783,
        mar her 1st cousin (and 2nd cousin) Alexander Gibbon [bapt 10th Aug 1779] and had issue.

    3. Margaret Duncan, mar Dr. Grant.
    4. Rebecca Duncan.
    5. Christian Duncan [dau], mar J. Miller and had issue:
      1. Christian Miller [must be dau].
      2. Ann Miller, mar George Grant.

    6. Isobel Duncan [or Isabel], born 1752,
      mar her 1st cousin Alexander Gibbon [bapt 4th July 1752] and had issue.

    7. George Duncan.

  5. James Gibbon.
  6. Arthur Gibbon.

  7. Robert Gibbon.

  8. (other children), Gibbon.
    One Gibbon family tree says 5 other sons, no other daus.
    Other Gibbon family tree says 10 other children.

Torry on 1862 map of Aberdeen.
Extract from [Barbara Yates Gibbon family tree] said the Gibbon family home in Torry village was still standing in 1871.
But most of old Torry (between Sinclair Rd and the River Dee) has since been cleared for oil installations. See modern map.
Apparently no house before 1800 survives in Torry today.

Gibbon sea-faring

Ships built in Aberdeen. A combination of the online list with the list on display at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum gives the following ships:

Ship name Type Date built Notes
Venus brigantine 1781 Owned and mastered by Captain A. Gibbon (or here).
1784 route Arkangel to London.
Lost circa. 1784.
Fortune   1795 Owner: R. Gibbon
Master: A. Martin
Sailing: Leith - Aberdeen
Dolphin sloop 1798 Date of Build/Launch: 17 Sept 1798
Re-registered: 30 December 1825 (Aberdeen Register of Shipping 1825, No. 169)
Owners included: Alexander Gibbon, Merchant, and James Gibbon, Merchant.
Totally lost 10 March 1837.
Tyne sloop 1808 Owners included Alexander Gibbon, James Gibbon
No. 47 in Register of Shipping at Aberdeen City Archives 1824.
Aboyne brigantine 1814 Built by Brebner ship-builders.
Ocean brigantine 1814 Built by Gibbon ship-builders.
Timandra   1814 Built by Gibbon ship-builders.
Bromby smack 1815 Registered: 25 Oct 1815 (No. 51 in 1815 Aberdeen Register of Shipping)
Owners included: John Gibbon, Merchant, Trustee of the Aberdeen and Hull Shipping Company.
(Information from 1825 Aberdeen Register of Shipping Vol. 141)
Cancelled in 1836.
Waterloo brigantine 1815 Launched 28th July 1815
Owners included: Alexander Gibbon (merchant)
Atlas brigantine 1817 Built by Gibbon ship-builders.
Castle Forbes   1818 Built by Gibbon ship-builders.
1819 Licenced East India Company to T.L. Reid, Fort William, Calcutta Trading Station, India. Owner R. Gibbon, Captain J. Frazier, route London to Bombay.
1821 Master T. Reed, owner R. Gibbon, route Cork.
1831 Master J. Ord, owner R. Gibbon, route London to Calcutta.
Fox smack 1819 Date of Build/Launch: 1 July 1819 (No. 45 in Aberdeen Register of Shipping)
Re-registered: 1825 (No. 143 in Aberdeen Register of Shipping)
Owners included: John Gibbon, Merchant, Trustee of the Aberdeen and Hull Shipping Company.
Sold to David Buchan, Blacksmith, in Aberdeen on 4 May 1832.
Fly schooner 1820 Built by Gibbon ship-builders.

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