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My wife's ancestors - Yeats - Contents


Yeats of Aberdeen, Scotland

Also "Yates". See spelling.



Barbara Yeats.
Portrait perhaps c.1790.
Portrait must be pre-1791 (when she died).




Alexander Yeats,
mar 20th June 1748 [St.Nicholas', Aberdeen] to Elizabeth Leslie [bapt 1723, descendant of Robert III, King of Scotland and of Henry I],
he was merchant in Rotterdam, Holland,
many Scottish merchants traded through Rotterdam at this time,
children bapt in Aberdeen in 1750s,
possibly went to Holland in 1760s,
"Alexander Yeats" and his wife added on 20 Oct 1765 to List of Members of Scots Church, Rotterdam, he is listed as "deacon",
he is listed as merchant in Rotterdam at his dau Barbara's mar 1769,
had issue:


  1. Barbara Yeats, born 16th July 1749,
    must be named after her grandmother Barbara Ædie,
    possibly grew up in Scotland, and did not go to Holland until 1760s, and then soon came back to Scotland with marriage 1769,
    "Barbara Yates" added to list of Members of Scots Church, Rotterdam 2 Apr 1767,

    mar 16 Aug 1769 (her age 20, him age 30), at the Scots Church, Rotterdam,
    by Rev. William Walker (father of Rev. Robert Walker, "The Skating Minister"), see entry under G,
    to Capt. Robert Gibbon [born 23rd Aug 1738] and had issue.


  2. Elizabeth Yeats,
    bapt 14th Aug 1750 [St.Nicholas', Aberdeen],
    "Elizabeth Yates" added to list of Members of Scots Church, Rotterdam 2 Apr 1767,
    mar Alexander Martin,
    dau's mar notice says Alexander,
    one source says "Mynhur Martin", but this must be a mis-reading of hand-writing,
    lived Nellfield, Aberdeen (later the home of the Gibbon sisters),
    "Mr. Martin" is shown at Nellfield on 1789 map,
    there is a miniature of Alexander Martin of Nellfield, Aberdeen, dated 1793,
    dau's mar notice 1796 says he was of Nellfield,
    had issue:

    1. Elizabeth Martin,
      mar notice says she was the only dau,
      mar 1796 to Capt. Hay Livingston [bapt 14th Dec 1774] and had issue.


  3. William Yeats,
    bapt 19th July 1755 [St.Nicholas', Aberdeen],
    the date "Jan 1745" appeared to be associated with him in Barbara Yates Gibbon's notes,


  4. Anna Yeats,
    the date "1737" appeared to be associated with her in Barbara Yates Gibbon's notes,
    poss. "Anne Yates", bapt 7th Nov 1756 [St.Nicholas', Aberdeen], dau of Alexander Yates and --- Ross (2nd marriage?),
    "Anna Yeats" added to list of Members of Scots Church, Rotterdam 29 Sept 1772,
    mar Dr. James Somerville [NOT William] and had issue:

    1. Bethea Somerville, bapt 23rd June 1781 [Whitburn, W Lothian].
    2. Karthrine Somerville, bapt 7th Jan 1783 [Whitburn].
    3. Barbara Somerville, bapt 1st Aug 1784 [Whitburn], bur Nigg Bay, (todo) see.
    4. Alexander Martine Somerville, bapt 15th Aug 1786 [Whitburn].
    5. 1 other child, Somerville [Barbara Yates Gibbon].



  
Miniature of Alexander Martin of Nellfield, Aberdeen, dated 1793, by John Bogle.
For sale as at 2012 on eBay at this shop.
See inscription (and wider shot) and signature.
See other shot and other shot.





Spelling of the surname

"Yeats" seems to be more common in the 18th cent. So I take it as the default.
"Yates" seems to be more common in the 19th cent.
But the record is confused:

  1. The older, 18th cent., Yeats family par records of St.Nicholas', Aberdeen - "Yeats".
  2. Barbara Yeats - "Yeats" in death notice 1791, and her grave at Nigg Bay, but "Yates" in family Bible when she was alive.
  3. Robina Barbara Yates Gibbon, born 1821, died 1824 - "Yeats" in family bible (apparently written there by her parents) and burial record. I may have just standardised on "Yates" for her because it was Barbara Yates Gibbon who wrote it in the family tree.
  4. Barbara Yates Gibbon, 19th cent. - spelt it "Yates" herself in late 19th cent.








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