Introduction and Notes
The Sydney Lobban Collection is probably the most extensive and best documented set of trees for the Lobbans of Scotland. Syd developed 26 trees over a period of 20 years by accumulating documents from Scotland’sPeople and other sources (926 census pages and 2,329 baptism, marriage or death certificates), and through interaction with correspondents. In this way the trees differ from a majority of trees on MyHeritage and similar genealogy servers, where users copy from hints provided from the database, often perpetuating and even compounding mistakes. While there are some careful genealogists building trees on the public sites, a user cannot tell who they are, and I fear that many, myself (Chris S Lobban) included, are rather more data miners than genealogists; and the further we get from our own direct ancestors the less we take time to distinguish accurate information from inaccurate. This is not to claim that Syd’s trees are without errors, because inference is often involved in connecting documents from different stages in a person’s life.
So, the value of the Sydney Lobban Collection is its solid basis of documentation and annotation, and that fact that it includes most of the Lobbans of Scotland and their descendants into the 20th Century. In some instances where Syd did not have further information on descendants, we know that they are in someone else’s tree, but we have NOT added them, as that would undermine the value of this collection. The goal is not to provide a complete set of trees for the Scottish Lobban and Loban families, but to provide a well-documented set of trees for comparison with others.
We have uploaded all the GEDCOM files to MyHeritage and included Syd Lobban’s name at the beginning of the tree name, so that when these records appear in hints to other people, they can be recognized. We have also created a brief Catalogue (below) to briefly summarize the trees and a Master Index of all the people in these trees who are no longer living, from which we have also extracted a separate index of people with the surname Lobban or Loban (Lobban/Loban Index).
Sydney, using Family Tree Maker, used the Notes pane to summarize information from the records. Many individuals have extensive notes, which can be see in full by expanding the individual’s Biography (click the View All link); this also shows their immediate family. (We moved the collection from Ancestry.com because Notes there can only be seen by people with editing access to the tree!) The Notes contain important comments about the records, including any doubts or difficulties Syd had with them. Please read these before contacting us if you think there is an error or omission. Keep in mind that this is essentially a static set of trees, but we will try to correct errors (we know they exist!), given documentation to improve them. We are particularly interested in documentation that would allow us to connect the many smaller branches to the larger trees.
In addition, Syd developed a spreadsheet from the 1881 Scotland and England Censuses in which each individual has been linked to the tree in which he or she appears. Check it out. This can serve as a partial index to the trees: if you are looking for Lobban kin who was alive in 1881 in Scotland or England, search this list and it will tell you which tree s/he is in. For instance I used it to find the trees of some soldiers killed in WWI, where I only knew the parents’ names from the war record. The soldiers were generally not born by 1881, but the parents were.
Syd did not incorporate the source documents into the Family Tree Maker files (and if he had they would not transfer with the GEDCOM files), but in most cases transcribed them in the Notes. The documents themselves can be easily sought in ScotlandsPeople.
In the Catalogue below, I briefly describe each tree and give the URL. The emphasis on emigrants in these descriptions is because of this study’s focus on the diaspora. Suggestions for improvements are always welcome.
Some of these trees are fragments comprising a small number of individuals, and Syd also has more individuals, not presented here, whose connections are known only from one birth or marriage certificate, or who appear only in one census record (some of these can be seen in the 1881 Census table).
I have reorganized the list (Aug. 2019), but not yet the catalog, to group the separate branches where possible, recognizing that there are presently two completely separate lines, NE Scotland Lobbans and Inverness Area Lobbans, the former with presently four separate lines of descent, one of which had a name change and does not appear in Syd’s collection.
“Tom of Glass” tree (genetically established)
Rothiemay Area Lobbans
“Rothiemay-Rathven” trees (genetically established in part)
“William & Bathia” tree (genetically established)
“Knabbygates” tree (genetically established)
“Drumblade & Loanend Kinnoir” tree (genetically established)
Marnoch Area Lobbans
“Rothiemay-Rathven” trees (genetically established in part)
Banffshire Lobbans: Rothiemay Area or Marnoch Area
“Alex and Ann Lobban Rothiemay” fragment (probable connection)
“John (M Downie) Cullen” fragment (probable connection)
“John Lobban (Forbes)” tree (possible connection)
“Our Family” tree (genetically established)
“John Lobban Virginia” tree (genetically established)
Inverness Area Lobbans
“R & Crom Duthil Lobans” tree (genetically established)
“Kilmorack Lobans Inverness” tree (possible connection)
“Daviot Lobans” tree (possible connection)
“Highland Lobans” tree (possible connection)
“Jas Loban and Barbara Hutch” tree (possible connection)
Trees and fragments of unknown affinity
Note: Access to these trees on MyHeritage.com may require that you have an active subscription.
The numbers attached to the titles are the tree ID numbers in the URLs; the trees are listed in no particular order as there is no logical basis for ordering them.
Earliest ancestor with date and place of birth in the tree is Thomas Loban b. 1747 in Mortlach Parish, m. Elspet Clarke, though other records show Thomas’ father Thomas as b. 1715 in Glass Parish. Not shown in this tree, their son Thomas Loban (b. 1779 in Glass) = Mary Minty emigrated to New York in 1832 with some of their children, moved on to Michigan in 1837 and Illinois in 1839, died in Marengo IL in 1876. Alexander Lobban, b. 1802 in Fordyce = Margaret MacLennan, was sentenced for forgery to 7 years transportation to New South Wales but then settled there and became an upstanding leader and pioneer [story]. The NSW line is in this tree. The “Lawless Lobbans of Glass” are also here. The spelling of the family name remained Loban in Tom’s family line, but his brother and several other siblings seem to have used Lobban (or this may have been deduced from their descendants’ spelling).
Stephanie Logan Falls posted a descendants chart for Thomas Loban on the Pre1800 Logans group, file name 1104_Thomas_LOBAN.pdf; index page https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Pre1800Logans/files/Family%20Profiles/.
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban-schefter?familyTreeID=15 (3,701 public people)
This is a large set of trees with deep roots, one line starting from Andrew Loban (b. abt 1590 in Rothiemay area) and Janet Loban (cousins?). Several main lines of descent start in the 1660s with the sons born in Rothiemay of Alexander Lobban (b. 1630, spouse unknown): John Lobban (b. abt. 1658) & Isobel Davidson, George Lobban (b. abt. 1659) and Janet Adam, Alexander Lobban (b. abt. 1662) and Janet Elice; William Lobban (b. abt. 1665) and Elspet George; James Lobban (b. 1660 in Forgue) and Margaret Pittendriech. The last of these has a known link to the Boginspro/Loanend lines, but other descendants are lost in the Rothiemay gap. [Update, Mar. 2019: Y-DNA data allows us to link these families to the Knabbygates line and confirm the Boginspro connection.]
The large branch starting from William Loban (b. 1732 Marnoch) and his wife Margaret Reburn (see Marnoch families summary) is connected ancestrally (pre-records) to the rest of this tree.
Also in this tree we find Captain Gustavus Taylor-Loban (b. 1877, London), son of Robert Alexander Taylor Loban and Grace MacLean, was killed in a flying accident in Scotland during World War I (see WW1 page). Corporal Alexander Lobban (b. 1891, Ordiquhill), son of James Lobban and Mary Allan, was killed in action in France, 23 Oct. 1916. There is a separate tree for the Knabbygates farm, Rothiemay (see below) and a fragment with Alex and Ann Lobban from “Craigbourach, nr. Knabbygates” (q.v.).
Also of note is Joseph Lobban (1767–1820), born in Rothiemay to William Lobban and Margaret Reburn: Joseph died in Jamaica, and is almost certainly the Joseph Lobban who was a plantation and slave owner. The tree does not indicate any family for him, but the slave records show he had a daughter Agnes who married John Sutherland, who ran the plantation after Joseph’s death. A William Lobban, possibly Joseph’s brother or a nephew, ran the plantation in the early 1830s, just before slavery ended. See Jamaican Lobbans page.
This tree, shown to be part of the Rothiemay Area Lobbans, begins with William Lobban (b. ca. 1685 at Termnemny farm, Rothiemay), m. Isobel Adam and in particular their son Alexander Lobban (b. 1702), of the Knabbygates dynasty (see story). Although the first-born sons in this line stayed at Knabbygates for nearly 200 years, the other children had to seek their fortunes elsewhere, and missionary work took Rev. Alexander Lobban (b. 1847) the north of England to serve a displaced Scots shipbuilding community in Tyneside. Rev. Alexander’s brother Joseph Lobban (b. 1857) and sister Isabella (b. 1856; m. William A. Howatt) emigrated to Minnesota, USA; his son William Herbert Lobban emigrated to New Zealand.
Syd credits William George Lobban with providing the data for this tree. Bill’s work, like mine, was based on Alan George (Lobban) Rudge’s tree.
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban?familyTreeID=34 (15 public people)
This branch has Alexander Lobban (b. ca 1725, Rothiemay area) m. Ann (m.s. unknown), who appear in the OPR as parents of Jannet b. 21 Oct. 1765 at Craigbouragh, Rothiemay (which lies just east of Knabbygates and southeast of Ternemny), and their four other children. One daughter married; for the two boys there is no further information. Both parents died at Craigbouragh, as did Alexander’s brother James, but there seem to have been no more Lobbans there after them. This nuclear family could be part of the Marnoch Area Lobbans, whose line starts with John 1710, born in Rothiemay, or they could be part of the Rothiemay Area Lobbans,
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban-schefter?familyTreeID=17 (2,124 public people)
This tree has the same ancient start with Androw Loban (b. abt. 1590) as the Rothiemay-Rathven tree — and thus is part of the newly (Mar. 2019)-discovered Rothiemay area haplogroup, but follows descendants of William & Elspet’s son John Loban (b. Quoir Mayen in Rothiemay, 1679), married Kathrin Sim and Beatrix Simpson. Among the descendants are James Lobban (b. 1790, Cullen), m. Margaret S. McTavish, whose sons Archibald Lobban (b. 1817, Deskford), m. Elizabeth Morrison, moved to Preston, England and Kenneth Lobban (b. 1818, ) emigrated to Yackandandah, VIC, Australia. Archibald was in the British Army and two of his children were born at Mediterranean postings – Corfu, Greece and Gibraltar – and in Ireland. The tree is named for William Lobban (b. 1822, Denhead of Portknockie), m. Bathia Garden. Four of their sons emigrated to Canada (James, John, Alex, and Charles=Elsie Johnson). William’s brother John Lobban (b. 1824, Cullen), m. Margaret Gaudie, emigrated to Victoria, Australia about 1855.
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban-schefter?familyTreeID=14 (4,842 public people)
This tree starts in the late 1600s with James Loban (b. 1659) and Janet Hay. It includes the family line of Robert Lobban (b. 1846 Auchindoir, Aberdeenshire) and Elizabeth Bremner, whose descendants include Sydney himself. Three of Robert and Elizabeth’s 11 children emigrated: John Lobban b. 1878, went to Queensland, Australia in the 19-noughts and married Isabella Hall there in 1905; James Lobban b. 1880 m. Elizabeth Graham and emigrated to Chicago, Illinois about 1910; and Thomas Grey Lobban b. 1882 went to West Australia in 1909, and married Mary Harvey there. Among other emigrants in this tree are Peter Lobban (1891-1971) m. Jeannie George and went to Wellington, New Zealand (see Syd’s notes for him); and Robert Lobban (1866-1946) who went to New York, USA, where his illegitimate son Robert’s name was changed to Lobbin; John (Forbes) Lobban (b. 1886, Deskford), emigrated to Vancouver, Canada in the 19-noughts and visited Scotland to get married in 1913 (see Syd’s notes on him). His half-brother, John Lobban (b. 1893, Keith) emigrated to Brantford, Ontario, Canada in 1927. Tailor James Lobban (b. 1852 Auchindoir & Kearn), m. Helen Simpson, moved to Newcastle, England about 1891.
Gillies McDonald Lobban (1892–1972), whose autobiographical notes were published posthumously in the Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness (55: 73–105, 1988), is also here.
Here, too, is Alexander Ross Lobban (b. Deskford, 1850), the illegitimate son of Helen Stephen and Alexander Ross, who was adopted into the family when Helen married Alexander Lobban (b. Rathven, 1830) in 1856.
Interestingly, from the perspective of Lobban family origins, the family line leading to Peter Lobban seemed to start in Inverness – in my Inverness Lobbans tree starting from Inverness-shire births in OPR, Benjamin Lobban and Ann Gillies are recorded having 4 children in Abernethy, Inverness-shire—but it turns out that Ben and his ilk back to the top of Syd’s tree (James Loban and Janet Hay) were born in Morayshire!
This tree, shown to be part of the Rothiemay Area Lobbans, effectively starts with William Lobban (b. 1717, Drumblade), m. Jean Stewart; their two sons, George Lobban (b. abt. 1750), m. Helen Lemon and Robert Lobban (b. 1748, Huntly), m. Susan Cowie, who settled respectively at Boginspro and Loanend, two nearby farms in the north part of Huntly, adjacent to Rothiemay. George’s great grandson, John Lobban (b. 1845, Glass), m. Clementina Andrew, emigrated to Massachussetts, USA in 1883; their last three children were born there. Robert’s great grandson, Alexander Lobban (b. 1843, Huntly), who had a child with Ann Harper and then fled to Newcastle, England where he married Isabella Smith.
Peter McKay Lobban (b. 1871, Huntly) m. Isabella Fenton, and his brother William Lobban emigrated to the USA; their brother Robert Lobban (b. 1877, Loanend, Kinnoir, Huntly) m. Marion [Marshall] in April 1909 and emigrated to New South Wales, Australia in November that year. Their son, Flying Officer John Gordon Lobban, 423771, RAAF, was killed 29 Apr 1944 in a plane crash in Australia. Private John Lobban (1897-1917), son of James Lobban and Mary Ann Mann, died of wounds in World War I.
Traces the descendants of Donald Loban (b. 1665, Kilmorack), m. Katherine Niendod, and his brother David (b. 1662; spouse unknown) into the mid 1700s. David’s line daughtered out in the early 1700s but Donald’s great grandsons Donald (b. 5 Oct. 1734 Inverness) and John (b. 5 June 1729, Inverness) may have lived to have children (perhaps as Logans?).
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban?familyTreeID=22 (212 public people)
This tree begins with two brothers, John Lobban (b. 1816) and Robert Lobban (b. 1826), both born in Ireland to John and Sarah Lobban (origins unknown), and traces the descendants of Robert into the 20th C. The Irish origin needs investigating; as these people are already in the 19th Century, their ancestors may have been from Scotland. (There is no evidence for an Irish branch of the family.) Robert married Margaret Fraser in Edinkillie, Moray, and settled in that area, although as a road contractor he moved around. David Lobban (b. 1857, Edinkillie) m. Sarah Donaldson, emigrated to London about 1890.
This small tree traces some descendants of William Loban (b. 1730, Inverness-shire) m. Katherine Shaw into the early 20th Century. The most recent of them, Alexander Loban (b. 1825, Daviot) and his sister, Isabella Loban (b. 1829, Daviot), are recorded in the 1881 Census as retired prison governor and prison matron, respectively, living at Governors House, Kilmallie, Fort William, Argyll. Neither married, so that line seems to have ended.
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban?familyTreeID=24 (318 public people)
This tree originates with George Lobban (b. 1710, Rathven), m. Mary Clark, and their one son, George (b. 1747, Darbuckle, Rathven). Some of the family settled in Alford, Aberdeenshire. James Lobban (b. 1886, Alford emigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1908, leaving an apparently illegitimate daughter by Christina Aitken. His brother John Lobban (b. 1882, Alford) followed in 1910 and married Mary Cheyne Elder. Alexander Fraser Lobban (b. 1894, Alford) migrated to the English Midlands and married Ivy Johnson in Mansfield, Notts. John Sivewright Lobban (b. 1887, Fife, Keith), illegitimate son of Anne Catherine Lobban, apparently emigrated to Seattle, Washington, USA. Gordon Lobban (b. 1878, Tullynessie), illegitimate son of John Lobban and Margaret Dickson, may have emigrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1899. Private Robert Lobban (b. 1897, Alford) was killed in World War I.
The relationship of this branch to other branches is not clear: although Syd refers to Boharm, which was dominated by Moray Lobbans, Rathven was dominated by Rothiemay Area Lobbans.
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban?familyTreeID=25 (186 public people)
This tree begins with John Lobban (1785-1841), m. Isabel Robb and his brother Alexander Lobban (1775-1817), m. Janet Shepherd. This family lived in Skene and other places in eastern Aberdeenshire.
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban?familyTreeID=26 (106 public people)
This tree begins with Patrick Loban (b. abt. 1745, possibly in Resolis, Black Isle), m. Janet Ross, and traces the descendants into the 20th Century. Donald Loban (1840-1903), m. Mary Wehlan, died in N. Ireland, but most of his children were born and settled in Tyneside/South Shields area of Durham, England, where Donald had gone to work in the shipbuilding industry. At the 1871 census Donald was living in bachelor digs in Hebburn and his name then and in later documents was spelled Lobban, as were his children’s names. Only one of Donald’s sons (John Lobban, 1875–) lived to marry and have children, but both the boy and the girl died in infancy.
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban?familyTreeID=27 (81 public people)
This tree traces the descendants of John Loban (1770–1841), m. Helen Morrison, into the 20th C. Although this family was in Dingall, Ross & Cromarty at first, they later moved around Scotland. The most recent descendants known are George Henry Loban (1901–1985) and Albert Ernest Loban (1902–1969). George married but we do not know of any children; Albert married thrice and had a daughter by his second wife, but apparently no sons.
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban?familyTreeID=28 (102 public people)
This tree traces the descendants of George Lobban (b. 1815 in Keith), m. Margaret Findlay, especially their grandson George Burnett Lobban (1865–1940), m. Elizabeth Haggarty. George and Elizabeth emigrated independently to Massachusetts in 1885 and 1890, respectively, married in Holyoke, MA in 1898.
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban?familyTreeID=29 (140 public people)
This fragment traces the descendants of George Lobban (abt. 1842–1889), m. Jane Connor. They include John Wilkie Lobban (1904–1938), killed in action fighting with the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War, and David Maxwell Lobban (1919–1944), killed in the Battle of Normandy, World War II. The earliest possible ancestor is a rather mysterious James Lobban, born about 1820 in Banffshire, possibly a Catholic family. We have not been able to trace this line further back, but it is almost certainly part of the Lowland Lobbans.
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban?familyTreeID=30 (132 public people)
This tree starts with John Lobban (b. 1734 in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire), who emigrated to Albemarle County, Virginia, USA before August 1759, when he witnessed a deed there. He was married to Mary Ann Garth of Virginia, and after she died, to Elizabeth Copeland. The tree traces his descendants in Virginia and those of his great grandson Gabriel Alexander Lobban (1839–1926) in Missouri into the 20th Century. The famous business tycoon and automobile designer Errett Lobban Cord (1894–1974), was Gabriel’s grandson. This tree has been genetically linked to the Urquhart branch of Moray Lobbans.
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban?familyTreeID=31 (30 public people)
This fragment starts effectively with George Lobban (1789-1852), b. in Peterhead, m. Ann Hay, and daughters out in two generations. There may be a connection between the two Peterhead men, i.e., with John Lobban, above, but it is unknown. In the OPR there are also two sons of an Alexander Lobban (spouse not stated) born in Peterhead: John (23 Sep 1777) and James (13 Dec 1772), for whom we have no other connection, and they therefore do not appear in any tree.
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban?familyTreeID=32 (15 public people)
This fragment includes two sons of John Lobban (abt. 1765–1841) and Agnes Steel, who settled in Ruthven, Angus. Syd notes that “There is a strong possibility that John was born in 1763 at Rothes to William Lobban & Margaret Forbes in ‘Our Family tree’.” They had two sons, Christopher Loban (1797-1855), married Janet Tarbat but had only one daughter; and William Lobban (1791–1887), m. Margaret Lowden, who had several sons but these have not been traced further. William is in the tree as Lobban, but Syd notes that many records of him use Loban.
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban?familyTreeID=33 (36 public people)
This tree begins effectively with William Lobban (b. Turriff 1728– ), m. Margaret Winton. The bulk of this tree concerns the Lobbans of Michigan, starting with their son, Alexander Lobban (1784–1868), who married Elizabeth Paterson in 1809. On 4 May 1835 they sailed on the Arkwright from Aberdeen to the USA, along with their large family, and settled in Genesee County, Michigan, USA.
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban?familyTreeID=35 (194 public people)
This tree starts with John Loban (b. ca. 1725), m. More Glass, who are known through their twins Alexander and John (baptized in Killearnan, Ross & Cromarty). This tree traces the descendants of Alexander, who settled in Carrbridge, Duthil Parish, Inverness-shire, but has no information about the John, because John’s name was changed to Logan. Anthony Wilcox’s family history studies have revealed those descendants, two of whom emigrated to South Africa: John and Alexander Logan (see story). The last surviving Loban on Alexander’s side was Robert Cumming Lobban* (1851–1921), who for some time was “Inspector of Poor, Carrbridge,” as his brother James had been. He was also Registrar of births, marriages and deaths, and his signature appears on several Lobban records in Duthil, including the birth of James Gordon Lobban (1918), who was not in the Duthil tree but part of “Syd’s Own” tree (Urquhart Lobbans).
*The spelling of the family name changed during the 1840–50s, as seen on census records, but the gravestone of RC’s grandfather ( 1860) still recorded him as John Loban.
This fragment begins with John Lobban (b. Rothiemay about 1830), m. Christian Forbes. The date and origin of John was deduced from his son William Lobban‘s baptism record (b. 1759, Swell of Mayen, Rothiemay). The Lobban line is traced only as far as James Lobban (1786–1841), born in Marnoch, but his sister Magdalena’s family with James Murdoch is traced a couple more generations. James Murdoch was Farm Griever (Foreman) and the Toll bar keeper at Bridge of Marnoch until his death in 1857. Most likely connected to the Rothiemay Area Lobbans.
https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-390158672/lobban?familyTreeID=37 (60 public people)
This fragment includes Alexander Lobban (b. abt. 1750), m. Ann Bannochie, and their three daughters born in Mortlach, along with some descendants of Ann Lobban (1771–1858), m. George McRobb into the late 19th Century..
Fragment starts with George Lobban (b. ca, 1786) and Isabella Anderson. Their son George Lobban was b. 1804 in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire), m. Isobel (m.s. unknown). He had two sisters and the tree traces their descendants (Halcrows and Batchens) for a few generations.
This fragment includes the children of James Loban (b. abt. 1745–1784) and his two wives, Helen Nairn and then Margaret Duncan, also two grandchildren through Peter Loban. The family lived in Inchture, Perthshire.
This fragment includes only John Lobban (b. abt. 1735, Grange), m. Margaret Downie, and their six children born in Cullen, Banffshire.
Page created by Chris S Lobban 8 Sep. 2018, last revised 15 July 2020.