John Gordon


Brief Life History of John

When John Gordon was born in 1862, in Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Robert Gordon, was 26 and his mother, Christina Polson, was 23. He married Janet Gray on 23 July 1891, in Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 daughters. He lived in Canongate, Midlothian, Scotland in 1901.

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

Sources (4)

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

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    23 July 1891Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Children (4)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (6)

    +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

    Scottish: habitational name from Gordon in Berwickshire, named with Welsh gor ‘spacious’ + din ‘fort’.

    English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Gourdon in Saône-et-Loire, so called from the Gallo-Roman personal name Gordus + the locative suffix -o, -ōnis.

    English (of Norman origin): alternatively, said to be a nickname from a diminutive of Old French gourd ‘heavy, dull, sluggish’ (compare 8 below).

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

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