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Arthur Gibbon

Arthur Gibbon.
Portrait perhaps c.1825 (it was a pair with the one of Elizabeth Montgomery).
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Arthur Gibbon,
born 7 July 1780.
Descendant of Robert III, King of Scotland and of Henry I.
See Wikitree. This thinks he was a JP, but gives no source.
See entry in Wyndham Marsh genealogy.
He was from Aberdeen, Scotland.
One mystery is how he met Elizabeth, if he was in Scotland and she was in southern England.
At marriage he is described as merchant, of Aberdeen.

He mar 11 Sept 1814 to Elizabeth Montgomery [born 12 July 1796, descendant of Edward III].
See marriage in 1814.
He was age 34, she was age 18.
She was the niece of the 11th Earl of Pembroke and had a great inheritance.

Postmarital contract 2 May 1815, Aberdeen. He is described in it as merchant of Aberdeen.
His father died 1821.
He is listed as merchant of Aberdeen at Deed of gift from Sir Alured Clarke in June 1822.
See Letter of Aug 1822 from Elizabeth's uncle the 11th Earl of Pembroke to her.
Think he is "Arthur Gibbon, merchant" who is listed at 6 Castlebrae, Aberdeen in [Aberdeen Directory, 1824-25].
Castle Brae ran off Castle Terrace, running down to the E end of Virginia St. See extract from old map. Castle Brae is now vanished. See modern map.
Think he is "Arthur Gibbon, merchant" listed at Commercial Bank Court, 42 Castle St, Aberdeen in [Aberdeen Directory, 1825-26].
See Letter of Nov 1827 from Elizabeth's brother to her, after the death of their uncle the 11th Earl of Pembroke. This and other letters are addressed simply to "Mrs. A. Gibbon, Aberdeen" but still got there!
The 11th Earl left her an annuity in his will (proved 1827). See extract. From Gibbon papers.
For a time he and family moved back to the old family home, 11 Virginia St, Aberdeen, where his unmarried sisters were living, after their father's death.
He is listed at 11 Virginia St in [Aberdeen Directory, 1827-28]. He is listed there in [Aberdeen Directory, 1829-30]. He is "Arthur Gibbon, merchant".
Arthur is listed at Arthur Augustus' bapt Apr 1829 as "merchant", living at Virginia Street, Aberdeen.
Their eldest child Emily died May 1829 and was buried at Nigg Bay.

They move to England:
They seem to have left Scotland for England c.1830, and never returned except on visits.
He is listed as gentleman, living Acklington Park, Northumberland, as at birth and bapt of William Henry in 1832.
Living at Acklington Park in 1833, when he gets shooting permission on the local estate.
[Wyllie, 2020, p.316] says in 1834 Arthur and brother Robert Gibbon are registered as Coal Owners at Felton, Northumberland (not far from Acklington), where they operated the North Togston Colliery.
There was an auction of all the beds, carpets, curtains, crockery and furniture at Acklington Park, 6 Apr 1836 and following days. See poster. It seems they were selling much of their possessions before moving to the Continent. No portraits in sale, they kept those.

Lived on Continent, around 1837 to 1857:
They travelled on the Continent widely. They were in Heidelberg, Germany, 1837, and seem to have lived there for some time (William Henry was educ there). Their daughters later married on the Continent.
They were in Heidelberg as at Letter of Dec 1842 and Letter of Feb 1843 and 1844 letter.
See poem of May 1849 written by Arthur's sister Ann Gibbon to Elizabeth. It lists what Elizabeth's children have done.
Arthur's sister Ann Gibbon in Jan 1850 letter seems to refer to Arthur and Elizabeth as now "the Munich people".
Catherine Woronzow (widow of the 11th Earl) writes to "my dear Elizabeth" in May 1850, settling further financial affairs on the "occasion of Margaret's marriage".
Letter of 1 Sept 1851 says they are living in Munich.
They are in Munich in letters of Nov 1851 to Mar 1852. See letters of 13 Nov 1851 and 28 Nov 1851 and 22 Feb 1852 and Mar 1852 envelope.
Arthur's passport survives, issued 3 Aug 1853.

See letter of 5 Nov 1853 from Elizabeth to her son Arthur Augustus, after the death of Margaret's children: "These, oh these, are some of the bitter trials of our lives, and those only who have experienced such bereavement can only know what others feel. It is indeed a very hard fate to think that dear Margaret has been doomed to lose both her children in so short a period of time."

Catherine Woronzow wrote to Elizabeth in Feb 1854. Elizabeth is at Stuttgart.
Catherine Woronzow left them further money when she died in March 1856. See extract from will and letter of June 1856. This was probably the final financial break with the Herbert family.
Arthur is described as "gentleman" at son William Henry's mar Nov 1856.
Elizabeth's passport survives, issued 8 July 1857. They travelled on Continent until late 1857.

Arthur dies, 1861:
He died London, 2nd Apr 1861, age 80 yrs.
He was bur 6th Apr 1861, Gibbon grave, West Norwood, SC London, NOT Beckenham Cemetery.
His name is on the Gibbon memorial at Nigg Bay but he is not bur there.

Elizabeth lived with her son Arthur Augustus and wife at 75 Gloucester St, Pimlico, London. She is there as at Letter of 10 Oct 1869.
Elizabeth dies, 1870:
She died 75 Gloucester St, London, 1 Feb 1870, age 73 yrs.
See letter of 6 Feb 1870 to her son Arthur Augustus after her death.
She was bur 7 Feb 1870, Gibbon grave, West Norwood.
Arthur and Elizabeth had issue:

  1. Emily Gibbon,
    Emily Augusta Gibbon, born 4 May 1815,
    bapt 18 May 1815 [St.Paul's, Aberdeen].
    A beautifully-written letter from her survives, written from Aberdeen, 13 Feb 1828 (age 12). It is written to her uncle who is married and in England. This has to be either Rev. George Augustus Montgomery or Robert Gibbon. See p.1 and p.2. Though a note says it is from Bath.
    She died 11 May 1829, age 14 yrs.
    She was bur 15 May 1829 at Nigg Bay.
    See notice in Aberdeen Press and Journal, 20 May 1829.

  2. Robert Gibbon,
    born 12 Mar 1817,
    bapt 5 Apr 1817 [St.Paul's, Aberdeen], the place name "Alford" is also mentioned,
    died 6 Jan 1818, age 10 months,
    bur 10 Jan 1818 at Nigg Bay.

  3. Margaret Gibbon,
    Margaret Livingston Gibbon, "Maggy", born 30 Apr 1818,
    bapt 19 May 1818 [St.Paul's, Aberdeen].
    Her aunt Ann Gibbon in letter of Jan 1850 mentions Margaret and says: "surely the latter is going to be married!"
    Margaret mar 20 July 1850 to Baron Charles de Stentzsch (or von Stentzsch-Prittag) and had issue.
    They mar at Cathedral Church, Munich, Germany. And afterwards at the British Ministry, Munich.

  4. Elizabeth Gibbon,
    born 14 Sept 1819,
    bapt 21 Oct 1819 [St.Paul's, Aberdeen],
    died 11 Dec 1822, age 3 yrs,
    bur 14 Dec 1822 at Nigg Bay.

  5. Robina Gibbon,
    Robina Barbara Yeats Gibbon, born 22 Mar 1821,
    bapt 28 Apr 1821 [St.Paul's, Aberdeen]. See entry.
    "Yeats" in family bible and bapt and burial record. Some other record has "Yates".
    She died 13 Aug 1824, age 3 yrs.
    She was bur 17 Aug 1824 at Nigg Bay.

  6. Georgina Gibbon,
    Georgina Montgomery Gibbon, "Georgy",
    born 10 Aug 1823, Aberdeen,
    bapt 11 Sept 1823 [St.Paul's, Aberdeen].
    Probably named after her mother's uncle George Herbert, 11th Earl of Pembroke, who took care of his brother Reebkomp's family after Reebkomp died.
    She mar 19 Dec 1846, at Frankfurt, to Baron Adolf de Roeder and had issue.
    She died in Dec 1850.

  7. Catherine Gibbon,
    Catherine Elizabeth, think NOT Catharine,
    born 21 May 1826,
    bapt 15 June 1826 [St.Paul's, Aberdeen],
    died 13 May 1827, age 1 yr,
    bur 17 May 1827 at Nigg Bay.

  8. Arthur Augustus Gibbon.
    He was born 3 Feb 1829 at Aberdeen.
    See birth record. (Note these are birth dates not bapt dates. Note how they are not in order.) See family tree.
    See later copy of birth record. And other scan.
    He was bapt at St.Paul's, Aberdeen, 18 Apr 1829.
    See later copy of bapt entry. And other scan.
    Baptism sp by Dr. William Dyce and "Arthur Gibbon junior, writer".
    NOT born 1832.

  9. William Henry Gibbon,
    born at Acklington Park, Northumberland, 14 Jan 1832 [grave], NOT 1831,
    bapt 9 Mar 1832, Warkworth parish (the church for Acklington Park), Northumberland,
    William, "Willy".

Elizabeth Montgomery.
Portrait perhaps c.1825 (it was a pair with the one of Arthur Gibbon above).
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Arthur Gibbon.
Image courtesy of Mike Hilligan.

Arthur Gibbon.
Light adjusted digitally. See original.
Image courtesy of Mike Hilligan.

Arthur's passport from 1853.
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See UK government travel declaration inside, dated 3 Aug 1853.
Passport is for Arthur Gibbon, with wife and servant, "travelling on the Continent".

Elizabeth's passport from 1857.
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See UK government travel declaration inside, dated 8 July 1857.
Passport is for Mrs. Elizabeth Gibbon, with servant, "travelling on the Continent".

Birth of Arthur Augustus Gibbon, 3 Feb 1829.
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Gibbon in Burke's Peerage

It was my initiative that got Arthur Gibbon into Burke's Peerage.
Burke's Peerage announced with the re-booted 106th edn in 1999 that they would list natural children of the Peerage. So I contacted them and told them about the Reebkomp-Gibbon line. This was included in the 107th edn in 2003.

Gibbon listed under PEMBROKE in paper copy of [Burke's Peerage, 2003, pp.3093-3095].
See p.3094 and p.3095.

Gibbon listed under PEMBROKE in online version of [Burke's Peerage, 2003].
See other version.


AI animations

AI animations of the Gibbon portraits.
Made using Deep Nostalgia at MyHeritage.
Uses AI technology from D-ID.

AI animation of the Arthur Gibbon portrait.

AI animation of the Elizabeth Montgomery portrait.




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