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Gibbon of Aberdeen, Scotland





The Gibbon arms

The Gibbon arms (with three scallop shells) were granted to Gibbon of Rolvenden, Kent in 1629.
Similar arms were granted to Gibbon of Dorset in 1681.

Our family is Gibbon of Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
They have no known connection to Gibbon of England.
However in the 19th century they were granted the right to use a version of these Gibbon arms.
The expense book of Arthur Augustus Gibbon records periodic payments of fees to the College of Arms for an Armorial Bearings Licence, various dates 1878 through 1893. Arthur Augustus Gibbon used the arms constantly.

The papers of our Gibbon family focused on the grant of Gibbon arms to Gibbon of Dorset in 1681. Though there is no known connection to our family.
Arthur Augustus Gibbon had the stained glass crest made in 1881, on the 200th anniversary of the grant of arms in 1681.
However, the Gibbon arms are older than 1681. Gibbon of Dorset are only one Gibbon family to whom the arms (or similar) were granted.

The motto: The motto used by our Gibbons is "Per Mare et Terras" ("By sea and land").
Our Gibbons, of Aberdeen, were a maritime family. I am not sure if this motto was invented for our Gibbons in the 19th century, or is older.




The Gibbon coat of arms. On paper.
A copy saved in our family. Cut out from somewhere else.
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See other version.



The Gibbon coat of arms.
Stained glass in our family.
Painted for Arthur Augustus Gibbon by "Herr Ziebert" in 1881.
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Arms of a Thomas Gibbons, dated 1660.
Christow church, Devon.
From Christine Gibbins.




Our family (Gibbon of Aberdeen)

Our family has no known connection to Gibbon of England.
There was a story in our branch of a connection to Edward Gibbon the historian. It was said there was in the family an 18th century letter with a reference along the lines of: "Isn't it splendid about Edward" (in relation to his book). However this letter cannot be found and this story may not be true.

Our family begins with:








Extract from map of 1654.
Shows Echt (top left, near Loch of Skene) and Aberdeen and Torry (near Aberdeen).



Echt, Aberdeenshire.
Photo 1998.
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Street view of the same road into Echt.
A bit further out of town.





Miscellaneous Gibbon of Aberdeenshire area




Lewis Grassic Gibbon




Miscellaneous Gibbon





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