Marnoch Lobban families

Most of the Lobbans who lived in Marnoch were part of the family tree of William Loban and Margaret Reburn, but two other apparently unconnected Lobban families appear in the baptism records for the parish. (Place names mentioned are in Marnoch parish unless otherwise stated.)

The family tree of William Loban (1732- ) = Margaret Reburn (1732- ) shifts back and forth between Marnoch and Rothiemay parishes in the early days.  William was born at Kinnairdy, Marnoch,  but their children were born at Retanach and other farms in Rothiemay.  His grandson George (1778-1824) was born at Retanach, but George’s children with Elspet Skene were born in Marnoch. Of these, George Lobban (1799-1878) =  Isabella Joss, both born in Marnoch, had 8 children in Marnoch from 1833-1848, at Elrick, Redford, and Aberchirder. They were recorded at Redford on the 1841 Census. George died at Myreside, Marnoch in 1878.  Their grandson, John Philip Lobban, b. 1883  in Aberchirder, a tailor, emigrated in 1910 to Cambridge, Massachussets, USA, where he married another Scottish immigrant, Mary Mitchell. Two of his sisters also emigrated to the US: Catherine (1914 to Boston) and Elspet (1920 to E. Lansing, MI).

Part of Lobban-Reburn family tree. From Syd Lobban’s collection.

Another branch of the Lobban-Reburn family was also living in Marnoch in 1841:  James Lobban and Christian Cameron were recorded at Culvie with their youngest daughter and two grandchildren, while their son Alexander Lobban, 23-yr old agricultural laborer, was at Old Crombie. They descend from another son of Alexander Lobban = Isobel Leslie, i.e., a brother of George 1778.

Another part of the Lobban-Reburn family tree. From Syd Lobban’s collection.


The other two families do not seem to have produced long lasting Lobban lines:

John Loban and Christian Forbes had two girls 1761 and 1764 at Ardmeallie, Marnoch. One of their boys, James and Margaret Huie/Howie, both born in Rothiemay,  had 5 children from 1786-1796, at Ardmeallie, Crombie, and Pittendrigh, all in Marnoch Parish. Margaret’s grandson, George Blake and his wife emigrated to Kansas, USA in 1905. Magdalena married James Murdoch of Inverkiethny, Marnoch, but nothing is known of Margaret and Magdalena’s only brother, James besides his baptism in 1786.

Part of Lobban-Forbes tree. Click on images to enlarge.


John Loban (b. Kieth, 1720) and Ann Milne had 5 children over the years 1732–1750 at Kinnairdy.


A provisional list of the Lobbans who were born/baptized, married, resided or died in Marnoch  (pdf) shows that there were other Lobbans who lived briefly in the parish.

I invite anyone in these families to suggest improvements to this synopsis. Contact me.


Page by Christopher S Lobban, posted 27 Aug 2018.