News archive

December 2019

  • There is a new place where Lobans and Lobbans can connect: Jess Loban started the Loban & Lobban group at LinkedIn. If you have (or get) a profile on LinkedIn please join the group at    He describes it as a “Family group to connect Lobans and Lobbans across the world.” It is new, so we will see how it develops, but it is not limited to Scottish Lobbans and Lobans, nor to family history.

November 2019


October 2019

  • I have posted my analysis of the Moray Lobbans including both the Urquhart line and the US Logan Line.
  • I have posted my analysis of the Labans of Tholen, our Dutch line through William Loban.
  • The Pre1800Logans group is moving from to The URL is and if you subscribe to the Subgroup for DNA Limb 7, you will receive notifications from me about significant new additions to this website (i.e., the news items on this landing page).

September 2019

Phase 1 of the Y-DNA study is now complete; we present our proof-of-concept that Y-DNA can be used to connect the Lobban lines that do not quite meet in the parish records. I summarize the progress made in the various aspects of the project over its first year (here or under the Origins and History tab) and have updated some of the pages with the latest DNA information.

August 2019

  • I developed a distribution map of main branches of the NE Scotland Lobbans pre-1855. Details here, and under the Frequency & Distribution menu.
Distribution map of main NE Scotland Lobban family branches. Base map from ANESFHS. Data overlay by C.S. Lobban. The numbers are percentages and totals of Lobban births (baptisms) in the parish from parish records, i.e., through 1854. Click to enlarge.

May 2019

Story: James Lobban, Cameron Highlanders — eyewitness account of a battle in the Sudan, 1898.

April 2019

Y-DNA update:

  • We have revised the NE Scotland Lobbans origin hypothesis to proposing that it was one man, probably from Flanders, possibly in the early-mid 1400s, who went to Scotland and founded the NE Scotland Lobban clan.
  • We have identified the Inverness/Black Isle group in the R-L21 “Celtic” subclade of R1b, very remote from the NE Scotland Lobbans.
  • Posted a first version of the All-Lobban Deep DNA Tree, showing all the relationships known to date.

Left-to-right descendants chart shows major lines of descent in Rothiemay Area Lobbans haplogroup. The old “Marnoch” page has been revised and relocated; it too now has a “mapped” family tree.


April 6 is Tartan Day. Don’t be put off by the genetic disconnect between the Lobbans and the MacLennans. We were adopted as a Sept; we’re part of the Clan. So if you’ve got it, flaunt it!

National Tartan Day in Guam (”Where America’s Day begins”)… no kilts, no pipes, just the webmaster and the Mrs. going to lunch.

March 2019

Diaspora notes completed with Emigrants to Australia.


A haplogroup and a patriarch for the Rothiemay Lobbans: New DNA results allow us to connect several family trees. This is a major breakthrough! Key points below. Full story here.

  • There is a haplotype subgroup for the Rothiemay area Lobbans, R-BY227100.
  • The haplogroup links descendants of the Knabbygates and Boginspro families.
  • From paper records, the earliest known ancestor in this branch appears to be Andrew Loban, born about 1590 in the Rothiemay area.
  • All the Lobbans living in Rothiemay in the late 1600s were his descendants, implying that most if not all of those living there after the gap in parish records (1710-1748) are also related.
  • We are confident that the Loanend family line is part of this tree, as it has a known common ancestor with the Boginspro line; a DNA test is in progress.
  • We predict that the Marnoch families are part of this haplogroup, but there is no paper evidence.
  • We expect that other family trees may turn out to be part of this haplogroup.

Recently added: Summary of descendant lines; composite tree, and pdf of descendants chart available .


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., it is unlikely that there is  just one haplogroup for all the NE Scotland Lobbans).

With permission of Scottish Provincial Press/Huntly Express, we have posted the full text of their 8 articles about the “Lawless Lobbans of Glass.”

Pages on the diasopra are under construction. So far an introductory page with statistics and brief accounts of emigrants to the USA and to England.

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 births, 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.


Page created by Chris S. Lobban, 4 Mar. 2019, last revised 3 Mar. 2020.