APPENDIX. 205   day of Februar, 1618

APPENDIX. 205 day of Februar, 1618



Passages from the diary of General Patrick Gordon of Auchleuchries : A.D. 1635-A.D. 1699"


day of Februar, 1618. — {From the Particular Eegiater of Seisins for Aherdeensliire, vol. i., foil.

24 By a charter, dated at Aberdeen on the 3rd of November, 1617, James Ogilvle of Blerack (with
consent of Sir Alexander Hay of Delgatie, knight, overlord of the lands of Auchluchreis) granted
to Mariorie Gordoun, his spouse, for all the days of her life, the waster pleuch of the toun and
lands of Auchluchreis, under condition that the grant should fall whenever the grantcr redeemed
the easter pleuch of Auchleuchreis, from the hands of George Hay, son of Alexander Hay of
Brunthill, by payment of £1000 Scots. Sasine was given on the 12th of February, 1618, in pre-
sence of Gavin Cruikshank, notary public, and others.

Contract conteinnand reuersioun betuix George Ogilvie of Carnusies, and James Ogiluic, elder
and younger of Blerok, on the ane and vther pairtis, oflf twa pleuchis of the landis of
Waster Auchleuchreis, presentit be Peter Lawte in Auchleuchreis, vpone the twalt day of
July, 1618. — (From the Particular Register of Seisins for Aberdeenshire, vol. i., foil. 230-233.)

25 By a deed, dated at Aberdeine on the 27th of May, 1618, James Ogiluy, younger, fiar of Blerok,
(as well for himself as for Mariorie Gordoun, his wife), and James Ogiluy, elder of Blerok, his
father, acknowledge to have received from George Ogiluy of Carnowseis the sum of 3300 merkis
Scots, and for security of payment of the said sum bind themselves to infeft him in twa pleuchis
or sextein oxingait of the toune and landis of Wester Auchleuchreis, to be holden of the granters
in free blench ferme, and of their superiors in few ferme for payment of £5 Scots yearly.

Renunciatioune grantit be George Hay, brothir germane to the guidman of Brunthill, to James
Ogiluy, now of Auchleuchreis, of the wastir pleuche of Eister Auchleuchreis, presentit be
Mr. Williame Gordoune, sone to the guidman of Coklarachie, vpone the xxv day of May,
1619. — (From the Particular Begister of Seisins for Aberdeenshire, vol. i., foil. 427, 428.)

26 By a deed, dated at Aberdeine on the 18th of May, 1619, George Hay, lawfull son to Alexander
Hay of Brunthill, acknowledges to have received payment of £1000 Scots from James Ogiluie,
now of Auchleuchreis, and therefore renounces all right and claim to the wastir pleuche of
Eister Auchleuchreis.

Reuersioun grantit be Johne Gray at the Mylne of Leask to James Ogiluie of the landis of
Wastir Auchleuchreis, presentit be Mr. Williame Gordone, sone to the guidman of Cok-
larachie, vpone the xxv day of May, 1619.— (i^rorw the Particular Register of Seisins for Aber-
deenshire, vol. i.', foil. 428-430.)

27 By a deed, dated at Auchleuchries, on the 13th of May, 1619, Johne Gray, at the Mill of Leask,
binds himself to ane honorabill man, James Ogiluy of Auchleuchries, that notwithstanding the
said James Ogiluy, with consent of Mariorie Gordoune, his spous, and bayth of them with
consent of George Gordoune of Coklarachie, Alexander and Mr. Williame Gordones, his sonis,
Mr. Robert Bisset off Lessindrum, and Andro Launtie of Innaltrie, hcs sauld to him the twa
pleuchis of Wastir Auchleuchries, yet quhow sone the said James Ogiluie payis to him the
soume of 7200 merkis, he shall renounce all right and claim to the said twa pleuchis in favouris
of the said James Ogiluie.

Gordon was brought up and remained a lifelong Roman Catholic, at a time when the Church was being persecuted in Scotland. At age of fifteen, he entered the Jesuit college at Braunsberg, East Prussia, then part of Poland. In 1661, after many years experiences as a soldier of fortune, he joined the Russian army under Tsar Aleksei I, and in 1665 was sent on a special mission to England. After his return, he distinguished himself in several wars against the Turks and Tatars in southern Russia. In recognition of his service he was promoted to major-general in 1678, was appointed to the high command at Kiev in 1679, and in 1683 was made lieutenant-general. In 1687 and 1689 he took part in expeditions against the Tatars in the Crimea, being made a full general. Later in 1689, a revolution broke out in Moscow, and with the troops under his command, Gordon virtually decided events in favor of Peter the Great against the Regent, Tsarevna Sophia Alekseyevna. Consequently, he was for the remainder of his life in high favor with the Tsar, who confided to him the command of his capital during his absence from Russia. In 1696, Gordon's design of a "moveable rampart" played a key role in helping the Russians take Azov. One of Gordon's convinced the Tsars to establish the first Roman Catholic church and school in Muscovy, of which he remained the main benefactor and headed the Catholic community in Russia until his death. For his services his second son James, brigadier of the Russian army, was created Count of the Holy Roman Empire in 1701. At the end of his life the Tsar, who had visited Gordon frequently during his illness, was with him when he died, and with his own hands closed his eyes. General Gordon left behind him a uniquely detailed diary of his life and times, written in English. This is preserved in manuscript in the Russian State Military Archive in Moscow. Passages from the Diary of General Patrick Gordon of Auchleuchries (1635–1699) was printed, under the editorship of Joseph Robertson, for the Spalding Club, at Aberdeen, Scotland, 1859.



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