John Gordon

about 1862–
Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of John

When John Gordon was born about 1862, in Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Robert Gordon, was 26 and his mother, Christina Polson, was 22. He married Janet Gray on 23 July 1891, in Canongate, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 daughters.

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Family Time Line

John Gordon
Janet Gray
Marriage: 23 July 1891
Margaret Gordon
Christina Polson Gordon
Janet or Jessie Gordon
Jane Gordon

Spouse and Children

23 July 1891
Canongate, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom


Parents and Siblings

    Robert Gordon


    Christina Polson




    Elizabeth Gordon


    Alexander Gordon


    Alexander Gordon



    William Gordon


+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1868 · The Representation of the people (Scotland) Act 1868

Age 6

The Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1868 was passed by Parliament and allowed for the creation of seven additional Scottish seats in the House of Commons. Along with the seats, Two University constituencies were created. These each returned one member to Parliament.

Age 22

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).
1896 · Opening of the Glasgow Subway.

Age 34

The Glasgow Subway opened on 14 December and is the third-oldest underground metro system in the world. It is one of very few subways that have a running gauge of 4 feet, but its twin circular lines were never expanded.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: habitational name from a place in Berwickshire (Borders), named with Welsh gor ‘spacious’ + din ‘fort’.2 English (of Norman origin) and French: habitational name from Gourdon in Saône-et-Loire, so called from the Gallo-Roman personal name Gordus + the locative suffix -o, -ōnis.3 Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Mag Mhuirneacháin, a patronymic from the personal name Muirneachán, a diminutive of muirneach ‘beloved’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Gordon, "England and Wales Census, 1901"
  • John Gordon in entry for Christina Polson, "Scotland Church Records and Kirk Session Records, 1658-1919"
  • John Gordon, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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