Ended up elsewhere

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Scottish mercenaries in the 1630’s; William Loban must have been similarly attired when he went to Holland in Colyear’s Regiment. Source caption: ”Scottish mercenaries, assumed to be men of Mackay’s Regiment landing in the Baltic port of Stettin in 1630 or 1631. This print is regarded as the earliest surviving depiction of Highland dress. The original caption states, ‘They are a strong and hardy people who survive on little food. If they have no bread, they eat roots [turnips may be intended]. When necessary, they can cover more than 20 German miles in a day’s forced march. [1 German mile = 4¾ English miles!] Besides muskets, they carry bows, quivers and long swords.'” Source credit: G Köler – http://warsoflouisxiv.blogspot.com/2009/11/scots-and-irish-in-thirty-years-war.html, via Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scots_Brigade#/media/File:Scottish_mercenaries_in_the_Thirty_Years_War.jpg
Of course, the earliest and most famous Loban emigrant was William Loban (1596–aft. 1637), who went to Holland in 1620 as a soldier in the 2nd Company in the Regiment of Col. David Colyear, which settled in to Stavenisse, Tholen, Zeeland to help the protestant Dutch against Spain during the Eighty Years War (Dutch War of Independence) (1568–1648). [I wondered why the Scots sent these troops, until I learned of the extensive Flemish influence in northeast Scotland. (source)]  William is said to have already been an officer when he arrived, but having risen through the ranks is not listed in Ferguson’s The Scots Brigade…, which listed only the highest officers, i.e., gentry. William married a local girl, Livina Dimmens/Dimmers, in 1621 and his children were recorded under the name Laban, which presumably with Dutch pronunciation sounded the way William pronounced his last name. After Livina died, William married Catalijn Teunen in 1627. Many of his children died young, but Cornelis Willemsen Laban (1625–1682) (mother: Livina; married Leunken Crijns Pippinick) firmly established the family on the island of Tholen, where there are still many of his descendants. More details on this website in Malcolm Lobban’s book, pp. 40–43.
We have not found documentation of which Parish William was born in, but we do have both marriage records that show that he was born in Scotland.  In issue 11 (June 1979) of Clan MacLennan Newsletter, then-editor Chief Ronald G. MacLennan of MacLennan   refered to receiving a letter (dated Dec. 1977) from a Dutch descendant of “William Loban of Drumderfit,” but the Chief and the correspondence are long gone. Other people have concluded that he was from Forres Parish, Elgin.  Some trees suggest that his father was Thomas Loban from Aberdeen. We would love to find solid documentation of William Loban’s birthplace. Wherever it was, he is genetically part of the NE Scotland Lobban haplogroup, JFS0275.
He is not in any of Syd Lobban’s trees, of course, but Raphaël Pautasso has built the tree on Ancestry and there is also information on Dutch genealogical sites, e.g., Purvis Farquhar, Dingeman Hendrikse Legacy, and a descendants chart (in Dutch).

South Africa

Brothers John and Alexander Logan, whose ancestor was John Loban from Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty,  emigrated to South Africa around 1860. See Loban to Logan Story.

Edward Mortimer Lobban (1855–1897), born in Kirkhill, Aberdeenshire, married Elizabeth Mutch about 1874, had a daughter with her, then married Katherine Margaret Lake at Woodford Hotel, Barberton, South Africa, 14 May 1891. Died 3 June 1897 in Pretoria. We do not know what happened to the first marriage, nor whether there were any children from the second. (Tree.)

John Lobban (1880-1966), born at Knabbygates, Rothiemay, emigrated to Bloemfontein. Although he was the eldest (only) son of William Lobban (1846-1884), the last Lobban tenant of Knabbygates, and might have taken on the tenancy, he was only 4 when his father died. His mother soon remarried and moved away. John became a bank clerk and sometime in the 19-noughts emigrated to South Africa, where in 1911 he married his first cousin Annabella Davidson in Durban. They had no children.  He died in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State in 1966. (Tree)

James Lobban (1870–1942), a journeyman joiner born in Ordiquhill, married Jessie McKay in the Huntly Free Church in 1896, and in 1901 they were living in Edinburgh with a young son and daughter. He is shown as dying in Johannesburg, South Africa, but we have no further information. His brother William Alexander Lobban (1873– ) also emigrated to South Africa. He married Elizabeth Taylor Gourlay in Edinburgh in 1900 and their son, Frederick D. Lobban, was born 1912 in Johannesburg. Sgt Lobban was killed in Italy in WW2 in 1945.   (Tree)

John Lobban (1868- ), born at Haughs of Glass, an illegitimate son of Mary Lobban (1843–bef. 1917), father unknown, left London in 1902 on Australasian bound for Cape of South Africa, but we know nothing of his life there. (Tree.)


Other Countries

The remaining stories are about people who went to other countries, mostly not intending to become permanent residents,  but who turned up in my search for emigrants because they died overseas.


Joseph Lobban (1767–1820),  born in Rothiemay, Banffshire, went to Jamaica as a plantation owner (manager?) and died there. See Jamaican Lobbans page.


Edward Lobban (1889–1929), born in Glasgow, moved to India as tea planter and there married Gertrude Lucy Calvert in Hope Town, Calcutta, 5 Oct. 1912. They had a son, Kenneth Edward Lobban (1913–1992), who died in England;  possibly other children? A report in the Dundee Courier of 15 Mar 1929, recorded that “Mr Edward Lobban, Manager of a Tea Estate in Assam, India, was attacked & fatally wounded, following a leopard trail; he was aged about 40 years, the son of Mr Alexander Lobban, Inspector of Schools, Ayr.”  He died 29 Jan 1929 in Tezpur, Bengal (now Assam). Edward’s brother Charles Henry J. Lobban (1881–1963) also spent a short time in India:  An article in the Banffshire Journal,  28 Jan 1908 reported, “Mr Charles H. Lobban, BSc., … at present Senior Instructor on Engineering, Drawing and Design & Assistant Lecturer in the Victoria University Manchester, has been appointed Professor of Civil Engineering at Madras University, India. Mr Lobban secured this appointment, which is made by the Secretary of State for India, at the early age of 26 years.” He and his wife, Annie Turnbull Spiers had their first child in Madras in 1909, but by 1911 were back in Perth, Scotland, where he was a listed as a Civil Engineer. In WW1, he was a Captain in the Royal Engineers, serving from Jan. 1914 to Dec. 1920. Later Charles became Professor of Engineering at Kings College, University of London. He died in Scotland.  (Tree)


Page by Christopher S. Lobban, with notes from Syd Lobban’s trees, posted 26 Jan. 2019, updated 23 Apr.