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George Skene of Rubislaw



George Skene, Regent of King's College, by John Alexander, 1706.
From Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collections (see here). Used with permission.
This was purchased 1962 by Aberdeen Art Gallery from an Antique Dealer in Aberdeen.
Hangs in Provost Skene's House, Aberdeen.




George Skene, of Rubislaw,
bapt 24 June 1666.
Professor of Philosophy and Regent of King's College, Aberdeen.
Barbara Yates Gibbon said he was "of Cariston" (which was one of the Skene properties, think Careston, between Dundee and Aberdeen).
He mar 20 Sept 1696 at St.Machar's, Aberdeen [her age 16, him age 30] to his 2nd cousin Catherine Ædie [bapt 7 Jan 1680].
He inherited Rubislaw, W side of Aberdeen, from his granduncle Sir George Skene (died 1707).
He died 12 Dec 1708, age 42 yrs.
He was bur St.Nicholas' church, Aberdeen.
Catherine remarried to Alexander Thomson.
George and Catherine had issue:


  1. Catherine Skene,
    bapt 21st Aug 1697 [St.Machar's, Aberdeen],
    must have died in infancy (there is another Catherine).


  2. George Skene,
    bapt 23 Oct 1699 [St.Machar's, Aberdeen],
    of Rubislaw, W side of Aberdeen.
    He mar 17 Nov 1721 [St.Nicholas', Aberdeen] to his mother's step-daughter Helen Thomson [bapt 23 Sept 1700].
    He wit the bapt of his much younger 1st cousin Elizabeth Leslie 1723.
    He was a cautioner for marriage of his 1st cousin Elizabeth Leslie in 1748.
    He died 21 July 1757, age 57 yrs, bur St.Nicholas', Aberdeen.
    Helen died 29 July 1768, age 67 yrs, bur St.Nicholas', Aberdeen.
    They had issue:

    1. Helen Skene,
      bapt 27th Dec 1734 [St.Machar's, Aberdeen],
      mar James Duff, advocate [born 1734],
      James died 12th Mar 1764, age 30 yrs, bur St.Nicholas', Aberdeen.

    2. George Skene,
      bapt 25th Aug 1736 [St.Machar's, Aberdeen],
      of Rubislaw,
      died 24th Jan 1776, age 39 yrs, bur St.Nicholas', Aberdeen.


  3. Janet Skene, bapt 25th Oct 1701 [St.Machar's, Aberdeen].
  4. Catherine Skene, bapt 28th Aug 1703 [St.Machar's, Aberdeen].
  5. Robert Skene, bapt 25th Apr 1706 [St.Machar's, Aberdeen].
  6. Margaret Skene, bapt 24th Feb 1708 [St.Machar's, Aberdeen].




Catherine Ædie, by John Alexander, 1731.
From Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collections (see here). Used with permission.
This was purchased 1962 by Aberdeen Art Gallery from an Antique Dealer in Aberdeen.
Hangs in Provost Skene's House, Aberdeen.
She looks younger than her 51 yrs - she is probably painted deliberately younger to match her dead husband's picture.



Inscription to George Skene, of Rubislaw (died 1708) and his wife.
Skene graves, St.Nicholas' church, Aberdeen.
From p.134 of [Skene, 1887].






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