Birth Dateabt 1527
Birth PlaceKenmure Castle, Kells, Kircudbrightshire, Scotland
Death Date23 Aug 1604
Death PlaceKenmure Castle, Kells, Kircudbrightshire, Scotland
FatherJames GORDON Of Lochinvar , M (~1506-1547)
ChildrenWilliam , M
Notes for John (Spouse 1)
He [Sir James] married, by Papal dispensation dated in 1520, Margaret, only daughter of Robert Crichton of Kirkpatrick, with whom he acquired lands in the parish of Glencairn, Dumfriesshire,

and by whom he had issue:

1. Sir John of Lochinvar

2. William of Penninghame who with his mother had a charter of the lands of Culreoch and Grobdale …
3. Robert, who had a grant of the lands of Muirfad …
4. Jemes, who had a charter of Hardlands, 1540.
5. Alexander, who got a lease from the Crown of the lands of Slagnaw of Kelton …
6. Janet, married … to William Cunningham, Master, and afterwards Earl, of Glencairn …
7. Janet (secunda), married to Patrick Agnew, sheriff of Wigtown …
8. Margaret, married to Sir William Douglas of Hawick, eldest son of Sir James Douglas of Drumlanrig.
9. Catherine, married … to Thomas M’Culloch of Cardoness.
10. Helen, married to Sir Thomas Maclellan of Bombie, and died on 26 November 1581.
11. Elizabeth, married, first, to John Grierson of Lag, … and secondly … to Ninian Adair, son … of William Adair of Kilhilt.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol V, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 106-10.

Sir John Gordon of Lochinvar completed his title to Kenmure, Rusco, andj other lands in November 1548.

He held the office of Justciar of Galloway or of the Stewartry from 1555 onwards. On 18 June 1563, he was intrusted by the Privy council with the keeping of an English ship called the Grype, which had arrived at Whithorn and was suspected to be a pirate, and on 8 July the Council ordered the vessel to be delivered to Sir John Maxwell of Terregles.

- Lochinvar and the fourth Earl of Cassillis appear for long to have been no better neighbours than their fathers before them, but on 19 November 1571 they executed a bond of friendship.
- On 13 and 14 August 1563, Sir John Gordon entertained, at Kenmure, Mary, Queen of Scots, who came to him from clary, and went on to St mary’s Isle.
- On 12 April 1567 he was on the assize at the sham trial of Bothwell for the murder of Darnley.
- His name stands at the head of the barons signing the Hamilton bond, 8 May 1568 in favour of the Queen.

The Regent Moray, in his expedition to the west after Langside, marched on 14 June to ‘ane valey callit barbarusle in the holm of Dawhernyn,’ and sent Lochinvar’s farther-in-law, the Laird of Wedderburn, to him, but he refused either to come in or give pledges; next day, the Regent marched to Dalry, but still there was no appearance of submission; and on the 16 the march was continued to Loch Ken, ‘fornentic Kenmure,’ when sixty men appeared on a hillside but ‘enterprised’ nothing, and the Place of Kenmure was destroyed and cast down. Middlemore, Queen Elizabeth’s agent, found the Regent at Kenmure, vainly offering Lochinvar, if he would accompany him only on this jjourney, to save his house and forget the past.

Locinvar wrote to Queen Mary that he remained at her devotion, and would not submit, though earnestly solicited, while the Regent reported to Elizabeth that he had been compelled to let Lochinvar know he was in his bounds, which he thought no man could come to. Sir John acted as a Commissioner for Queen Mary in the first treaty for her release, which began at York 30 September 1568.

On 1 June 1581, he was on the assize that tried the Earl of Morton.

On 20 September 1589, there was an order upon him from King James VI to deliver up the castle of Thrieve.

His name stands first among the barons, knight, and gentlemen in the Act of Parliament reconstituting the Privy Council 5 June 1592. On 27 May 1596 he wa appointed one of the Wardens of the West March.

He built a seat in the church of Dalry, near the aisle door, 1597.

Sir John Gordon died on 23 August 1604, intestate, and the inventory of his personal estate was given up by his widow on behalf of his three youngest sons named below, then minors, as his executors dative.

He married,

(1) first, Juliana, daughter of David Home of Wedderburn, and sister of David of Godscroft, the historian,

by whom he had:

1. Margaret
, married in 1572 to Sir Hugh Campbell of Loudon, Sheriff of Ayr, afterward Lord of Loudon. …

He married,

(2) secondly, in 1563, Elizabeth Maxwell, daughter of John Lord Herries
(she was married, secondly (contract 31 May 1606) as his second wife, to Alexander Fraser, eighth of Philorth),

and by her had issue:

2. Sir Robert, knighted in his father’s lifetime, and then known as of Glen, afterwards of Lochinvar.
3. William, constituted Commendator of Glenluce, 22 February 1581-82, … died without issue.
4. John of Buittle, who died between 21 December 1611 and 1 July 1614, without issue.
5. James of Barncrosh and of Buittle. He married Margaret, daughter of Sir John Vans
6. Alexander of Endrig, who died without issue before 4 June 1627.
7. Mary, married 21 June 1588, to Alexander Kennedy of Bargany.
8. Janet, married (contract at Rusco, 15 May 1596) to John Macdowall of Garthland.
9. Grizel, married (contract dated 15 october 1600) to Sir Alexander Stewart, afterwards first Earl of Galloway.
10. Elizabeth, married, before 27 December 1604, to James Douglas, Lord Torthorwald, who instituted a process of divorce against her …

Sir John Gordon had an illegitimate son, William Gordon, said to have been infeft in Littlehass, 6 December 1569, and in Kirkland of Balmaclessan in 1570; legitimated 4 December 1574.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol V, Edinburgh, 1906, pp.110-13.
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