|Jose Maria Rafael Ramon
Francisco Gabriel Del Corazon De Jesus Gordon was born at Jerez, Spain in
1856. For obvious reasons I will refer to him as “Joseph” or
His family was descended from the First
Earl of Huntly, who died in 1470. The family estates were Wardhouse
and Kildrummy in Aberdeenshire. The Tenth Laird fought on the losing
side at Culloden. After the Scottish defeat there by the British,
landed property of the defeated Scots was confiscated unless the owners
gave up the Catholic religion. As a result many Scots looked to go abroad.
One such was an ancestor of Joseph whose descendants, including Joseph’s
father married Spaniards. Although family links were maintained young
Joseph could only speak Spanish in his early years.
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