Dec. 2018

New Y-DNA results suggest that there are likely to be multiple Y-DNA lines within the name, so that hypothesis 1 is not supported (i.e., there is not just one haplogroup for all the NE Scotland Lobbans).

Nov. 2018

Added a page on World War II servicemen killed (see tab above).

We have added the full text of  Malcolm Lobban‘s unpublished book, The Scottish Surname LOBBAN (2008), and you can download the pdf here. We are adding excerpts from this book to appropriate places in the Genealogies section.

We have also added Alan (Lobban) Rudge‘s manuscript, A History of Lobban, which starts with a broad look at the early records and then focuses in on Rothiemay and particularly his ancestors at Knabbygates farm. You can download the pdf here.

Gordon Lobban joins us and has contributed several spreadsheets including an index of Lobbans grouped by family;  census data; and a work file of birth, marriages and deaths (“hatches, matches and dispatches”). These are posted under the Data tab. They are the data files that underpinned his site in the early 2000s. He repurposed that site for his business, and has now closed his business and redirected that URL to this site. So, if you got here that way and are looking for descalers rather than family history, sorry, we have to ask you to search elsewhere.

Oct. 2018

We have completed uploading the Sydney Alexander Lobban Collection of Lobban/Loban Family Trees to  These are breifly described in a Catalogue on the Collection page.  We have also added a Master Index of all 15,000 people in the trees, and a separate table with the subset of the 2,500 Lobban + Loban surnames; these tables give name, birth date and place and death date and place (where known) and can be used to determine which tree has the selected individual.  Moreover, Syd  created a table from 1881 Census data that has each individual linked to the tree where he/she appears.



If you are working on a Lobban family tree and would like to contribute a synopsis to the Genealogies section, please contact me. You have the interesting stories, all I have are the statistics!  If you see a synopsis that I have done, feel free to suggest additions or corrections. We also have a page with links to other Lobban/Loban trees (under the Genealogies menu), and would be happy to include yours if you wish.

If you would like to contribute a sample of Y-DNA to this project, please contact me.  The DNA must come from a male and a Lobban, Loban, or other name that has traced his ancestors back to a Lobban/Loban in Scotland.

If you are a Jamaican Lobban and wish to find out cheaply if you are genetically connected to the Scottish Lobbans  who were plantation owners in the slave days (more info), you can order a DF89 test from YSEQ (Germany) for about $US18. Negative = not related; positive = maybe, contact me.


If you want to explore the Scots language, the new site “Wee Windaes” from the National Library of Scotland is the place to go.  I recommend their “Whit is Scots?” page for a start, where they quote Robert Louis Stevenson: “Of a’ the lingo’s ever prentit, The braidest Scot’s the best inventit.”  And should you wish to send an auld family member a greeting in Scots, try Whoohoo’s Scottish Translator — but like any translation app, remember: caveat emptor! (That’s Scots for caveat emptor.)


Page created 23 Aug. 2018 by Christopher S. Lobban, revised 2 Dec.