NameSir William de GORDON Of Stitchel & Lochinvar , M
Birth Dateabt 1427
Birth PlaceKenmure Castle, Kells, Kircudbrightshire, Scotland
Death Dateabt 1455
Death PlaceKenmure Castle, Kells, Kircudbrightshire, Scotland
FatherSir Roger de GORDON Of Stitchel , M (~1408-~1442)
MotherLady Stitchill , F
Spouses
Marr Dateabt 1449
ChildrenJohn , M (~1450->1517)
 Alexander , M (~1451-)
 George , M (~1453-)
 Roger , M (~1454-)
 Margaret , F (~1455-)
Notes for Sir William de GORDON Of Stitchel & Lochinvar
William de Gordon is said to have been the first of the Gordons who actually settled in Galloway, and he was designed of Stitchill and of Lochinvar in the parish of Dalry, his infeftment in the latter being dated 6 June 1450.

Though Lochinvar continued to be the designation of the successive heads of the family from this period till it was ennobled nearly two centuries afterwards, and the loch, manor-place, and messuage of Lochinvar, with fortalices, etc., are set forth in certain of the title-deeds, there is a lack of evidence of any of the Gordons having had a habitable house on that property.

It seems not improbable that Kenmure Castle, in the parish of Kells, described later as ‘pleasantly situated on a mount, having a wood of great overgrowne oakes on the one side … and on the other side pleasant meadows lying on the river of Kenn, which here begins to run in a deep loch for a space of seaven or eight mileswas the earliest, as it has remained the latest, residence of the Gordons in the stewartry of Kirkcudbright.

Continuing to acquire territory and jurisdictions, some of which proved fertile sources of contention, the family became one of the most important in the south-west of Scotland, and had for a time, as will be seen, in addition to Kenmure, the houses of Rusco in the parish of Anwoth, and Greenlaw in the parish of Cross-michael.

The last trace of William Gordon as in life is on 7 August 1450, when his eldest son and successor got the charter mentioned below, but he seems to have survived till 1455.

The name of his wife had not come down to us,

but he left issue:


1. Sir John of Lochinvar.
2. Alexander, who obtained a charter of the lands of Auchinreoch … 29 October 1490, …
3. George, who had a charter of part of the lands of Troquhain, Barvoranby and Craig, … 1 March 1494-95 …
4. Roger, who married Geylles, daughter of Andrew Macnaught of Crogo
5. Margaret, married to Thomas Maclellan of Bomby … and left issue.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol V, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 100-102.
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William de Gordon
, promiscuously designed of Stitchel and Lochinvar; which last was part of the land in Galloway, acquired by sir Adam Gordon from John de Maxwell in 1297, ... and which continued to be the chief title of the family till they were novilitate, and this William was the first of them that settled and resided in Galloway.

He got from King James II a charter of the land and barony of Stitchel, Willielmo de Gordon, filio et hearedi apparenti Rogeri de Gordon, domini de Stitchel, &c. dated 7th February 1440.

He married _____, by whom he had four sons and one daughter.

1. John, his heir.
2. Alexander, who in 1490, purchased the lands of Auchinreoch, &c.and was ancestor of the Gordons of Aird, now Earlstoun and others
3. George, who acquired the land of Troquhain in 1494, and of him the present George Gordon of Troquhain is lineally descended.
4. Roger, who married _____ MacNaught, heiress of Crago, and was ancestor of the present Alexander Gordon of Crago.

His daughter, Margaret, married to sir Thomas MacLellan of Bombie, ancestor of Lord Kirkcudbright.

He survived the year 1450 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Sir John Gordon of Lochinvar ...

Source: THE PEERAGE OF SCOTLAND, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of that Kingdom..., by Robert Douglas, Esq., p. 367
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