Contact & contributors

Contact and Contributors


Email webmaster at lobban [at], or use the form below. (This has  invisible reCAPTCHA security.)


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

Christopher Simon Lobban, Ph.D., [webmaster] Professor Emeritus of Biology (marine biologist) at University of Guam. Born in Bristol, UK in 1950 and grew up in Lytham, Lancs. His parents emigrated to Nova Scotia, Canada in 1965, and he emigrated from Canada to Guam (USA) in 1988, after starting his academic career at University of New Brunswick, Saint John.  He has coauthored or co-edited several books, and published research papers on biodiversity of diatoms and on a ciliate–zooxanthellae symbiosis called Maristentor. In 2020 he named a diatom species in remembrance of his grandfather Alexander Lobban (1877–1949), son of Rev. Alexander Lobban (1847–1903), and three other Alexanders in his fatherline, back to 1702.
His partner in much of this has been his wife, María Schefter. Her ancestors go back to Alsace and to early French settlers in Canada.

Photo of a living cell of Haslea alexanderi, named for the webmaster’s forebears.


Stephanie Falls

Stephanie Logan Falls, an administrator of The Logan DNA Project at Family Tree DNA.   “The Logan DNA Project provides support to the members of the Pre1800Logans group in the mission of identification of the “older” lines of the Logan surname, the development of family profiles for these families, and the discovery of relationships between these families. This discussion group operates through the mail list and web site at Details of the families and their DNA relationships are also provided in the files section of that web site.”


John Sloan, M.Agr., is an administrator of the R-U198 haplogroup project which studies the extensive YDNA “tribe” to which the Lowland Lobbans belong. A graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, John recently retired after a long career in animal nutrition. He has been studying Y-DNA since 2004 and is actively involved in research concerning the structure of the R-U198 haplogroup, his main area of expertise.


Sydney Lobban

Sydney Alexander Lobban,  developed 26 Lobban family trees entirely from documents and personal contacts, and assembled spreadsheets to help track families through the 1881 census, 1939 Register, etc.






Malcolm Lobban

Malcolm Lobban (1931–2022) was keenly interested in family history/genealogy. His book A Close Community (Life in an Alexandria Tenement) was published by West Dunbartonshire Libraries, Scotland (2007). As a member of the National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association (Australia) Inc., his short story “A Conscript Warrior” won 2007 first prize by international adjudication. Both stories are autobiographical. He also researched the Lobban family name and origins and his book, The Scottish Surname LOBBAN, which has many stories and family trees, is available as a free pdf  here.

He was active in the affairs of Scottish clans and for several years President of the Clan MacLennan Association in Scotland, and was co-author of In Search of Clan MacLennan, 2004, revised edition (CD-ROM copy held in National Library of Australia, Canberra, Bib ID, 5080519). He was for a time editor of Clan MacLennan Newsletter in Scotland.  After settling in Australia, 2001, he became an active member in The Clan MacFarlane Society Australia, Inc., where he served principally as Editor/Researcher, and was for a while President (2008–2013), finally retiring in December 2017. He has since been elected Official Patron of the MacFarlane Society in Australia. He died 7 August 2022 in Adelaide.


Gordon Lobban

Gordon Lobban started a Lobban family website in the early 2000s (, based on his collection of names from the public records. Problems with the software led him to leave it (though fragments of it can still be found in the Internet Archive Wayback Machine) and to repurpose the domain for his business. He recently closed the business and has kindly redirected the URL to this One-Name Study site.




Cynthia Sweet

Cynthia Sweet is Executive Director of the Iowa Museum Association, a statewide nonprofit, and Executive Director of the Cedar Falls Community Foundation, a local nonprofit.  She is the author of multiple genealogies solving generations-old mysteries, including the 200 year-old mystery surrounding the ancestry of Robert Logan of Red River Settlement which was published in Manitoba History June 2006. Of particular service to this project is her book Logan Families of Ross & Cromarty Scotland (2011).  Sweet received her M.A. History from the University of Northern Iowa. Cyndi’s interest in the Logan family stems from her mother-in-law, Mary Jean Logan Sweet, a descendant of Kenneth Loban (Logan) b. before 1750 Ross & Cromary, Scotland, through his son Duncan Logan and his wife Margaret McDonald of Ross & Cromarty, Scotland through their son Donald Logan and his wife Margaret McKenzie, and their son Thomas Logan b. 1862; d. 1937 Iowa, USA




Alan Rudge

In memory of Alan George (Lobban) Rudge (1933–2017), Chris S. Lobban’s uncle, who trekked through Lobban history on foot in the 1980s and whose inquiry into the origins of the family name inspired this project. He assembled notes for a book but did not finish writing it up. Manuscript pdf here (now smaller file and searchable, thanks to Wim van Vliet of the Zeeland Labans). Much of the early history is also in Malcolm’s book, but Alan  developed some very specific hypotheses about the earliest origins of the Lobbans, and delved deeply into the history of our ancestors at Knabbygates.


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Page created by Christopher S. Lobban, 15 July 2018, revised 18 Aug. 2022.