Ended up elsewhere

If your family’s story is not here and you think it should be, or if you want to correct or add to what is here, please contact me lobban (at) one-name.org.


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)]  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).

Among his descendants, several went to the US and Jacob Leonardus Laban (1869–1952) settled on the French Riviera about 1900.

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. At the 1901 census they were living in Edinburgh with a young son and daughter, but later that year emigrated to Johannesburg, where they had another daughter and three more sons (John McKay 1904, Hugh Harper 1908, Archibald Kitchener 1909) and many grandchildren.  James’ 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)

Scotland National Probate Index showing Edward Lobban, tea planter, and other Lobbans who died in 1929.


Page by Christopher S. Lobban, with notes from Syd Lobban’s trees, posted 26 Jan. 2019, updated 26 Mar. 2020.