Descendants of

Hugh Gordon of Manar:

the family of

William Forbes

Gordon of Manar

in New South Wales









The Family of Hugh Gordon of Manar

The family of Elizabeth (Gordon) Skene The family of Jane (Gordon) Hunter The family of James Gordon of Manar

The family of Hugh Gordon of Manar NSW

  The family of Ann (Gordon) Lumsden   The family of Robina (Gordon) Brickenden  
Families of John Skene and William Skene Family of Sir Charles Hughes-Hunter The family of Henry Gordon of Manar The family of Mary (Gordon) Fraser The family of Hugh Hannibal Gordon The family of William Forbes Gordon The family of James Gordon The family of Mary Elizabeth Gordon The family of Herbert Trevelyan Gordon The family of Emeline Leslie Gordon The family of Frederick Pascoe Gordon The family of Lambert Skene Gordon

Families of Catherine & Elizabeth Lumsden

The family of Hugh Gordon Lumsden The family of James Gordon Brickenden  
2 families descend from William 12 families descend from him 19 families descend from him 3 families descend from her 9 families descend from him 47 families descend from him 34 families descend from him 22 families descend from her 16 families descend from him 14 families descend from her 12 families descend from him 47 families descend from him 14 families descend from them 4 families descend from him 2 families descend from him  


The family of William Forbes Gordon of Manar in New South Wales


William Forbes Gordon b.19-09-1843 d.05-08-1904 at Manar, NSW
m. on 16-03-1869 at Glengallen, nr Warwick, Queensland
Beatrice Deuchar Allan b. 1846 d.16-01-1917
Hugh Forbes Gordon b.11-12-1869 at Manar d.14-12-1882 Petersham
William Deuchar Gordon b.19-06-1871 d.11-09-1951
Florence Emmeline Gordon b.12-06-1873 d.09-08-1951
Mary Elizabeth Gordon b.15-11-1875 d.27-02-1900 at sea off Capetown

Frances Beatrice Gordon b.06-07-1877 d.1969 in Sydney

Violet Marguerite Gordon b.22-07-1879 d.05-06-1981
Ruby Annette Gordon b.28-01-1882 at Manar d.12-04-1954
James Henry Forbes Gordon b.24-08-1884 d.20-05-1963 in Sydney Bessie Indiana Gordon b.12-11-1886 d.13-06-1899 of Scarlet Fever
Cherie Pearl Gordon b.08-06-1890 d.01-10-1970 at Paddington

married in 1901 at Bungendore

married (1) on 08-12-1897 Arthur Devitt b.29-12-1867 d.06-1921
married in 1907 at Manar
married on 16-12-1908
married (1) on 17-08-1912 Gladys Noel Lydia Bowker b.25-12-1886 unmarried
Charlotte Louise Campbell b.1875 in Young d.17-02-1965
married (2) on 14-12-1932 Rev. Arthur Lloyd Phillips (no children)
George MacLeay Macarthur-Onslow b.1875 d.12-09-1931
Arthur John Warry
married (2) in 1953 Daphne English (no children) d.1968
4 children
2 children
1 child
2 children
5 children


William Forbes Gordon, circa 1898

The five eldest daughters of William Forbes Gordon, circa 1884

Back: Florence, Ruby, Mary

Front: Violet, Frances

Florence Gordon (later Devitt) feeding the hens at Manar (circa 1890)

The family of William Forbes Gordon in 1891.

Back row: William Forbes Gordon, William Deuchar Gordon

Middle row: Violet Marguerite Gordon, Beatrice Deuchar (Allan) Gordon, Mary Elizabeth Gordon, Ruby Annette Gordon

Front row: Florence Emmeline Gordon, Bessie Indiana Gordon, Cherie Pearl Gordon, James Henry Forbes Gordon, Frances Beatrice Gordon

Tragically, Mary threw herself overboard from a ship off Cape Town in 1900,

in grief over her sister Bessie who had died a few months earlier, at the age of 13, of scarlet fever.

Not pictured is Hugh Forbes Gordon, who died at the age of 13 in 1882. Frances and Cherie never married. Violet lived until she was 101.

The descendants and families of William Forbes Gordon at the Gordon family reunion held in 1986.

Back row: Andrew Balmain, Petrina Balmain, Robert Gordon, David Gordon, Tempe Gordon, Tom Gordon, Lindsay Davy, Forbes Gordon, Joanna Gordon,

Kate Davy, Sandy Gordon, Sue Gordon. Third row: Philippa Vickers, Annie Gordon, Robin Gordon, Jim Gordon, Ros Lloyd-Phillips, Hugh Lloyd-Phillips, Sam Gordon,

Hugh Gordon, Emma Gordon, Hugh Bligh, Angus Gordon. Second row: Leonard Abrahams, Jane Abrahams, John Gordon, Pam Gordon, Andrew Gordon,

Daniel Gordon, Hugh Lloyd-Phillips, Edward Lloyd-Phillips, Clare Lloyd-Phillips, Elizabeth Davy, James Davy. Front row: Alexandra Abrahams, Margot Abrahams,

Fleur Balmain, David Balmain, Julian Llyod-Phillips, Michael Gordon, Nicholas Gordon, William Gordon, Charles Gordon, Peter Gordon, and Jeremy Gordon.

Forbes Hugh Gordon, the great-grandson of William Forbes Gordon, with his wife Joanna (Evans) Gordon - at the family reunion in 1986




The Gordons of Manar in Australia

William Forbes Gordon

William Forbes Gordon, second son of Hugh Gordon of Manar, NSW, was born at Manar on 19 September 1843. He was named William after his father's old friend and mentor William Leslie of Warthill - 'Uncle Willie' as he was known to the family. He was named Forbes after the family name of Elizabeth Forbes, the wife of Hugh Gordon of Manar, Aberdeenshire. William was only 14 when his father died in 1857. He completed his education at Macquarie Fields School and in 1861 he travelled overseas, a trip which included a visit to France. In 1862 he was back in Australia and working on properties around the Warwick district in Queensland. It is believed that during his time in Queensland he met his wife Beatrice Deuchar Allan. (The Allans and Deuchars had themselves migrated from Aberdeenshire, and worked for the Leslie brothers.)

After his marriage, William returned to Manar which he then leased from the trustees of his father's estate. (His mother had leased Manar to other people when she married the second time to Francis Wilson.) By 1884 William was in a position to buy the property and he entered into an agreement with the trustees to purchase Manar for £12,000. Following the rescue of Manar, which had been in financial difficulties, William gradually added to it with the purchase of small parcels of land in the immediate vicinity. In 1886, using Manar as collateral, he purchased Werriwa, near Bungendore, in partnership with his brother, James. Werriwa remained in the family until sold 100 years later. William is said to have been a remarkable and hard working man, who by his endeavours was able to ensure Manar remained in the family. He kept a series of daybooks, which are preserved at Manar, and which leave a comprehensive record of the daily happenings there.

There is a record in the Braidwood Dispatch of his family's hospitality in 1891 - in the deep economic depression going on at the time - when a Shearers Ball was held at Manar: "The whoolsheed was decorated throughout with oak, laurel and other greenery and such flowers as survived January’s heat. The shed was lit by candles distributed along the beams and walls and the ladies of the home station were greatly complimented on their achieving such a beautiful effect. Dancing commenced at 8 o’clock and continued until past daybreak. The musicians, on violin, piano and tambourine, performed throughout the evening with skill and unflagging energy. There were many handsome dresses which, when combined with the smiling faces and bright sparkling eyes, made the spectacle a most brilliant and joyous one."

Another occasion of hospitality was in 1900 when Sir William Lyne, the New South Wales Premier, came to Braidwood to lay the foundation stone of the new courthouse there. Great crowds welcomed him there, and along with other dignitaries, he was driven by coach to Manar. A newspaper reported: "The party mounted the special coach which had been sent down for them and, escorted by six mounted police, proceeded to Manar, where they were entertained at a sumptuous breakfast by Mr and Mrs W.F. Gordon. The visitors spoke warmly of the preparations which had been made for them at Manar, and of the warm hospitality extended to them by their host and hostess, and by the Misses Gordon."

William died after a long illness at Manar on 5 August 1904 at the relatively early age of 60, and was buried in the family cemetery on the property. Shortly before her death in 1987, William's niece Jean Lishman recalled him: "Dear Uncle Willie was always my favourite, he was the kindest man I ever knew."

In 'The Gordons of Manar in Australia' the authors refer to what William's descendant (and owner of Manar) Forbes Gordon had learnt about William from the day books and letters kept at Manar. They present a vivid insight into life at the Manar of William Forbes Gordon:

"Although the family lived fairly frugally, it was a close-knit, loving, and very happy family. Manar was a lovely home but there was no sanitation... the only water supply was from the creek and water was consequently very scarce. To the day she died Florence [William's daughter] would never allow you to put more in her glass than she thought she would need... the house was full and they had a cook, a maid and a governess. The girls all learned to cook from the age of 12 when they each took a turn in the kitchen.

"Outside the back door was a little open house where the meat was hung... Florence had chickens and the run is still there (see picture above). They had to wear boots in case of snake bites, but no story has ever been told of anyone being bitten. All transport was by horse and buggy. The youngest son Jim was a marvellous horseman, and he would often do the terrifying thing of driving three-in-hand. While they were all quite young the girls used to climb the trees around the house.

"It could be very hot yet it could get very cold. Each room had a fireplace and the girls could have a fire in their rooms if they could make it themselves. Every Sunday morning father read the bible, read the prayers and they sang hymns to the old piano played by one of the daughters, all sitting round in the great dining room."

He married on 16 March 1869 at Glengallan near Warwick, Queensland, Beatrice Deuchar, daughter of Hugh Allan. She was born in 1846 and died in Sydney on 16 January 1917 aged 70 and was buried at Manar in the family cemetery. They had:

1. Hugh Forbes, born at Manar on 11 December 1869, died at Petersham on 14 December 1882 after suffering from hydrocephalus.

2. William Deuchar (click on name for more information).

3. James Henry Forbes (click on name for more information).

4. Florence Emmeline (click on link for more information)

5. Mary Elizabeth, born 15 November 1875, died at sea on 27 February 1900. She was very fond of her sister Bessie and nursed her for several months before the young girl died of scarlet fever at the age of 12. The family decided to send Mary to stay for a time with her sister Florence who had got married in England. It was hoped this would help her recover. Grief-stricken following Bessie's death, and in a deep depression, Mary climbed through a porthole and jumped overboard while her ship was off Cape Town. She was 24.

6. Frances Beatrice, born 6 July 1877, died unmarried in Sydney on 15 October 1969 at the age of 92.

7. Violet Margeurite (click on link for more information).

8. Ruby Annette (click on link for more information).

9. Bessie Indiana, born at Braidwood on 12 November 1886, died of Scarlet Fever at Manly on 13 June 1899. She was 12 years old.

10. Cherie Pearl, born at Braidwood on 8 June 1890, died unmarried at Paddington on 1 October 1970.

Many of William and Beatrice's descendants still live in Braidwood, Bungendore and Goulburn districts, keeping up close family ties.









Gen01Fam01 - The family of Hugh Gordon of Manar

Gen01Gen02Fam01 - The family of Elizabeth (Gordon) Skene

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0101 - The family of John George Skene

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0102 - The family of William J Skene

Gen01Gen02Fam02 - The family of Jane (Gordon) Hunter

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0201 - The family of Sir Charles Hughes-Hunter

Gen1Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam020101 - The family of Anna Love (Hughes-Hunter) Grove-White

Gen01Gen02Fam03 - The family of James Gordon of Manar

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0301 - The family of Henry Gordon of Manar

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam030101 - The family of Elizabeth Cruger (Gordon) Risley

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam030102 - The family of Henry Robert Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam030103 - The family of Aileen Mary 'Babs' (Gordon) Wall

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0302 - The family of Mary (Gordon) Fraser

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam030201 - The family of James Gordon Fraser

Gen01Gen02Fam04 - The family of Hugh Gordon of ManarNSW

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0401 - The family of Hugh Hannibal Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040101 - The family of Emmeline Leslie (Gordon) Brown

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040102 - The family of Ethel (Gordon) Butcher

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0402 - The family of William Forbes Gordon of ManarNSW

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040201 - The family of William Deuchar Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040202 - The family of Florence Emmeline (Gordon) Devitt

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040203 - The family of Violet Marguerite (Gordon) Macarthur-Onslow

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040204 - The family of Ruby Annette (Gordon) Warry

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040205 - The family of James Henry Forbes Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0403 - The family of James Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040301a - The family of Arthur Hannibal James Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040301 - The family of Ethel Mary (Gordon) Barritt

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040302 - The family of Edward William Leslie Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040303 - The family of Eleanor Iris Rose (Gordon) Scarvell

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040304a - The family of James Henry Albert Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040304 - The family of Marjorie Augusta (Gordon) Brownlow

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0404 - The family of Mary Elizabeth (Gordon) Lamb

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040401 - The family of Herbert Gordon Lamb

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040402 - The family of Daisy Emmeline (Lamb) Pritchard

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0405 - The family of Herbert Trevelyan Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040501 - The family of Emmeline Segol (Gordon) Roach

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040502 - The family of Ina Hamilton (Gordon) Beit

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0406 - The family of Emeline Leslie (Gordon) Orridge

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040601 - The family of Mary Emeline (Orridge) Rothe

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040602 - The family of Charles Edric Orridge

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0407 - The family of Frederick Pascoe Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040701 - The family of Harold Arthur Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040702 - The family of Henry Eustace Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040703 - The family of Frederick Hugh Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040704 - The family of Annie Clare (Gordon) Marsden

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040705 - The family of Jean Mary Emmeline (Gordon) Lishman

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0408 - The family of Lambert Skene Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040801 - The family of Hugh Hungerford Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040802 - The family of Kathleen Beatrice (Gordon) Simpson

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040803 - The family of Douglas Lambart Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040804 - The family of Kenneth Francis Gordon

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam040805 - The family of Muriel Annette (Gordon) Campbell

Gen01Gen02Fam05 - The family of Anne (Gordon) Lumsden

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0501 - The family of Catherine (Lumsden) Franks

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam050101 - The family of Robert Fergusson Franks

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0502 - The family of Hugh Gordon Lumsden

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam050201 - The family of Carlos Barron Lumsden

Gen01Gen02Fam06 - The family of Robina (Gordon) Brickenden

Gen01Gen02Gen03Fam0601 - The family of James Gordon Brickenden

Gen01Gen02Gen03Gen04Fam060101 - The family of Lt Commander Francis Gordon Brickenden






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