Humphrys genealogy

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David Skene, of the Mill of Potterton


Potterton (or Pottertown), N of Aberdeen.
From 1869 map.
See modern satellite view.

David Skene,
born est c.1560,
of the Mill of Potterton (or Pottertown), N of Aberdeen (see Google Maps and streetmap).
He was a merchant.
He went to Poland.
Trade with Poland, mainly through Danzig, was of huge importance to Aberdeen at this time.
Skene and Ædie were two of the main families involved.
There was a large Scottish community in Poland until the 18th century.

David was a burgess of Posen, Poland, in 1586 (now Poznan, WC Poland).
He mar 1stly to ---- Udny [of Udny, NW of Aberdeen].
She died pre-1606.
David had issue by 1st wife:

  1. Thomas Skene,
    it was him who mar Leask, NOT his father,
    had issue:

    1. Robert Skene, born Potterton, 1621,
      merchant, treasurer of Aberdeen,
      mar 21st July 1663 [St.Nicholas', Aberdeen] to Janet Jaffray [bapt 4 Oct 1642, dau of John Jaffray, Provost of Aberdeen 1657-59],
      see John Jaffray on p.170 of [Munro, 1897],
      Robert died 30th Oct 1693, age 72 yrs,
      bur St.Nicholas' church, Aberdeen,
      had issue:

      1. George Skene, of Rubislaw,
        bapt 24th June 1666 [St.Nicholas', Aberdeen].

  2. David Skene,
    of Zamosc, Poland.

David mar 2ndly, 20th (poss. 28th) Aug 1606 [St.Nicholas', Aberdeen] to Claris Seaton.
He died 1631, age est c.71 yrs.
David had issue by 2nd wife:

  1. Sir George Skene, Knt., Provost of Aberdeen, born 1619.

Skene graves, St. Nicholas' church, Aberdeen

Skene graves, beside the Back Wynd gate, W wall of churchyard of St.Nicholas' church, Aberdeen.
See map.

The Skene graves.
Photo 1998.

Street view just outside the Back Wynd gate.

Inscription to Sir George Skene, Provost of Aberdeen, and his nephew Robert Skene.
From p.133 of [Skene, 1887].

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