Missing persons

Missing persons

This page will have questions that family members have raised about Lobban  family history that we have been unable to answer.  I start this off with a query from Jan in New Zealand about her Lobban connection which is through her great-great grandmother’s mother:

Janet Lobban m. James MacPherson.

Jan wrote: “I am back to my gt gt grandmother Isabella Macpherson b 1818 in Nairn, Nairnshire. I do not have her actual birth record but am going on age at marriage, census returns, and death certificate. She married Donald McKay in Inverness in 1834. He was a merchant, a tailor. He died in 1849 age 35yrs leaving Isabella with 7 children. She left a headstone with a lot of info on it regarding the family [see below]. She then moved to Aberdeen, I can only assume because some of her children lived there, and she died at 168 Crown Street, Old Machar Aberdeen, aged 61 in 1878. According to her death certificate her parents were James Macpherson and Janet Lobban. She also states on the headstone in Inverness that it is also in memory of her cousin John Loban who was killed on the shores of Africa by natives. This also points to her mother being Janet Lobban.”

Isabella MacPherson family memorial, Chapel Yard Cemetery, Inverness, Highland, Scotland. Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/214521687/williamina-mckay


Erected by ISABELLA McPHERSON in memory of her beloved husband
DONALD McKAY Merchant Inverness who died 20th Augt. 1849 aged 35 years.
And their children WILLIAMINA and JAMES who died in infancy
Also her brothers WILLIAM & JOHN McPHERSON of the 78th Highlanders who died at Bombay in 1843
Her brother in law ROBt McKAY who died 22nd Feby. 1845 aged 22 years.
And of her cousin JOHN LOBAN who was killed on the shores of Africa by the natives

From the time points known, Janet was probably born around 1790. If anyone has any further information on either Janet Lobban or her nephew John Loban who died in Africa, please contact me (forms on home page and elsewhere) and I will relay the information.


Page created by Christopher S Lobban, 17 Nov. 2020.