Alexander Duncan
James Davidson
John Duncan
(Bef 1730-)
Elspet Davidson
(Bef 1733-)
Alexander Duncan
(1763-1826)

 

Family Links

Spouses/Children:
1. Katherine Scot

2. Elspet Duncan

Alexander Duncan 2 3 4

  • Christened: 11 Oct 1763, Keith, Banffshire 5
  • Marriage (1): Katherine Scot about 1796
  • Marriage (2): Elspet Duncan on 25 Feb 1789 in Fordyce 1
  • Died: 13 Feb 1826, Cullen, Banff, Scotland 6 7
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  General Notes:

Alexander's wife and lawful children
We know from the Cullen OPR that Mr. Alexander Duncan, a surgeon in Cullen, and Miss Elspet Duncan in the Parish of Fordyce were married at Cullen on 25/2/1789.
Alexander and Elspet had two children, John (b.22/12/1789) and Katherine (b.30/12/1790), baptized at Cullen. Applying the naming convention to Alexander's two children, Alexander's father should be John and Elspet's mother should be Katherine. The Cullen OPR says that John-the-son was named for his grandfather John Duncan of Jamaica and Katherine-the-daughter was named for her grandmother Katherine Duncan in Broom. This fits perfectly if Alexander's father is named John Duncan. However, we should note that Elspet was already a Duncan before her marriage to the surgeon and the grandfather of her son John could be Elspet's father. (PTG 2006)

Alexander's will dated 1825 makes no mention of his own or his son's
spouse. Therefore Elspet was dead and John was still single in 1825 How can Elspet's death be checked?

In a breakthrough discovery I have found that Alexander Duncan, a surgeon at Cullen, died on 13/2/1826 at Broom.
The actual will provides: 400 GBP for my daughter Catherine Duncan (spouse to John Fraser Esq) as her "Bairns part of Gear", and which sum is payable at my decease by my son John Duncan Surgeon Royal Navy, presently residing at Broom, to my executors and assignees as per minute of our agreement of the 30th and 31th December 1818 (the said John Duncan having received value to an equal amount in farm stocking at the time of this agreement). The residue of the estate to be divided equally between my said son and daughter whom I hereby nominate and appoint to be the sole executors of this my last will and testament but under the burden always of my just and lawful debts ... and of my funeral charges … also ten guineas which I do hereby legate and bequeath to my natural daughter Ann Duncan (spouse to James Gray mason in Cullen) to be payable to her twelve months after my decease …

My granddaughter Rebecca and her fiancé visited the National Archives in Kew, UK, on 3/8/2006 to look up records of naval surgeons for me. Alexander Duncan became a naval surgeon on 9/1/1783 (he would then be aged 19) and appears in all later lists of active or retired surgeons up to the list dated 25/12/1825. Since he died 13/2/1826, he is not in the list dated 25/3/1826. (PTG 2006)

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  Chronology:

Witness: Baptism of Alexander Grant Innes, son of Robert Innes and May Grant, 1811, Cullen, Banff, Scotland. 8 (described as Surgeon RN)


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Alexander had a relationship with Katherine Scot, daughter of Alexander Scot and Anne Japp, about 1796. (Katherine Scot was born on 30 Sep 1771 and was christened on 1 Oct 1771 in Cullen 9.)


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Alexander next married Elspet Duncan, daughter of John Duncan and Katherine Grant, on 25 Feb 1789 in Fordyce.1 (Elspet Duncan was born on 26 May 1764 in Fordyce, Banff, Scotland, christened on 26 May 1764 in Fordyce 10 11 and died before 1826 12.)


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1 PTGray, Alexander Duncan surgeon RN in Cullen and Elspet Duncan of Fordyce
married at Cullen 25/2/1789 (OPR)
.

2 ImportPTGray database.

3 PTG Database April 2007.

4 http://libindx.moray.gov.uk/mainmenu.asp, Biography Details
Reference No.:
NM039195
Surname:
DUNCAN
Forename(s):
ALEXANDER
Maiden Name:

Occupation:
SURGEON IN ROYAL NAVY
Date of Birth:
c. 1763
Place of Birth:

Father's Name:
JOHN DUNCAN JAMAICA (ORCHARDFIELD] FIFE
Mother's Name:
ELIZABETH DAVIDSON KETTLE FIFE
Biography:
LIVED IN CULLEN BROTHER OF CATHERINE

Marriage Details
Spouse's Name:
ELSPET DUNCAN
Date of Marriage:
25 FEB 1789
Place of Marriage:
BROOM CULLEN
Married by:

Marriage Narrative:


Death Details
Date of Death:
13 FEB 1826
Age:
62
Headstone Ref:
C(O)1
Place of Death:
CULLEN
Parish Register:

Death Narrative:


Newspaper Articles
Newspaper

Description

Date

Page/Column
AJ
marriage
02/03/1789

3/2
AJ
sale of household furniture & cows
21/03/1791

3/3
AJ
death
22/02/1826

3/3

Miscellaneous Articles
Date

Description
Miscellaneous
1879

copy of gravestone inscription in "Epitaphs & inscriptions from burial grounds & old buildings in the north-east of Scotland, with historical, biographical, genealogical, and antiquarian notes ..." vol II p196 by Andrew Jervise - L 929.5
1883

gravestone inscription in "The church and churchyard of Cullen" p93 by William Cramond - L 285.241223 CUL
.

5 Scotland's People - Index, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 11/10/1763 DUNCAN ALEXR JOHN DUNCAN/ELSPET DAVIDSON M KEITH 159/00 0002
.

6 PTGray, ANESFHS also has an incomplete Memorial Inscriptions Index that lists a
tombstone No. 1 in Cullen inscribed Alexander Duncan 13 Feb 1826 and
tombstone No. 10 inscribed Alexander Gray (no date), Robert Grant 9 Apr
1808 and Elizabeth Duncan 31/8/1809 (this might be Elspet) and tombstone
No. 3 inscribed John Fraser 30 Nov 1848 and Catherine Duncan 11 Apr 1862. I have asked for the full unpublished text of the inscriptions on
tombstones 1, 3 and 10.

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7 Web (Misc), Source: Wm. Cramond, A.M. L.L.D., Schoolmaster of Cullen.
(1) Sacred to the memory of ALEXANDER DUNCAN, Esq., Surgeon, Royal Navy, who died 13th February, 1826, aged 62 years.
.

8 Scotland's People - Document Image, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, March 23rd Mr Robert Innes Surgeon Royal Navy in Cullen had a child by his wife Mrs May Grant born 12th inst baptised and named Alexander Grant. Witnesses Mr Alexander Duncan Surgeon R.N. & Mr Alexander Wilson factor for the Earl of Findlater & Seaford both in Cullen. (In the margin) Designed after the late Mr Alex'r Grant of Tochieniel Factor to the Earl of Findlater the child(?)'s grandfather.

9 Scotland's People - Index, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 01/10/1771 SCOT KATHRINE ALEXANDER SCOT/ANNE JAPP U CULLEN 150/00 0003
.

10 Scotland's People - Index, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 26/05/1764 DUNCAN ELSPET JOHN DUNCAN/KATHERINE GRANT U FORDYCE 153/00 0002.

11 Scotland's People - Document Image, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, May 26th 1764 Mr John Duncan in Broom had a Child by his Wife Katherine Grant baptised called Elspet so named after Elspet Milne in Florres(?) town in Murray(?) and Mrs Eppie Robertson in Portsoy.

12 PTGray, AD 1826 Will - no mention of Elspet.