ELDER surname occurs in most countries of the world, most often
in Scotland, England, Canada, Northern Ireland, Australia and United States.
My research in Scotland is posted on webpages with links
An early Scottish ELDER:
JOHN ELDER, cartographer, born in Caithness in 1500's, contributed to publication of
MERCATOR ATLAS OF EUROPE---
MAPPING BRITAIN FROM AFAR---
Chapter Excerpt by Peter M. Barber
... 'In France he presented Mary, Queen of Scots, with an autograph letter and
(in a display of indirect vanity?) a fanciful map of the New Utopia ostensibly by his eight-year-old pupil,
...In 1973 D.G. Moir suggested the John Elder (who signed himself Eldar)
was responsible for the depiction of Scotland on Mercator's map of 1564...'
More in Google Books
'Pre-reformation Scholars in Scotland in the XVIth Century:
Their Writings and Their Public Services : with a Bibliography and a List of Graduates from 1500 to 1560'
By William Forbes-Leith
Published by J. MacLehose, 1915
Original from the University of California
Digitized Oct 29, 2007
Pages 54-55 (short bio of John ELDER) (other pages have Johannes ELDER, and Adamus ELDAR, etc.)
'John Elder, a member of the Collegiate Church at Dumbarton, became tutor
of the young Lord Darnley. He followed the fortunes of the Earl of Lennox when he fled to England.
That John Elder was selected by the Bishop of Orkney as the teacher of the boy abbot,
Abbot Walter Reid, is no small testimony to his capacity and worth. ...'
Ancestry.com has just added 3 databases for
London: 1. Births, 2. Deaths and 3. Marriages:
Searching ELDER, found some thousands in each database.
Database: London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906
ELDER Matches 1–50 of 3,638
1. Name: Ann Elder
Estimated Birth Date: 21 Jul 1813
Father's Name: Robert Elder
Mother's Name: Louisa Elder
Database: London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980
ELDER Matches 1–50 of 1,320
1. Name: John Elder
Record Type: Burial
Event Date: 20 Jan 1818
Estimated birth year: abt 1733
Death Date: 20 Jan 1818
Parish: St Martin In The Fields
Source Citation: London Metropolitan Archives,
Saint Martin In The Fields: Westminster,
Transcript of Burials, 1818 Jan-1818 Dec, DL/t Item, 093/023
Database: London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921
ELDER matches 1–50 of 8,357
1. Name: William Elder
Spouse Name: Eleanor Davis
Event Date: 12 Jul 1755
Borough: Tower Hamlets
More possible origins:
ELDER as a sept of Clan Mackintosh and Clan Chattan
ELDER in: FORFAR and ANGUS - (Lochee/Dundee)
- David ELDER, b. 1920 in Lochee - d. 1996 near London (traced to David ELDER, Forfar/Angus, Scotland c.1540)
75 Y-DNA kits from Scotland, England, Canada and United States,
with more than 6 separate lines identified
ELDER Y-DNA kits #15134 & 146005 & AncestryDNA #1 (George b. 1858 IA)
1. JOHN ELDER, b. 1660 Midlothian, Scotland
2. JOHN, b. 1690 Antrim Co Ireland
3. HENRY, b. 1735 Garvagh, Co Londonderry, Ireland, d. 1817 Ireland
4. MATTHEW, b. 1775 Londonderry, Ireland, d. 1861 Iowa, USA
5. HENRY (II) , b. 1817 Garvagh, Co Derry, d. 1902 Iowa, USA
ELDER Y-DNA kit #75444
ROBERT ELDER (1836-1910) Inch Island, Co. Donegal
Others immigr. to Saskatchewan, Canada
Inch Island ELDER webpage:
Ancestors of DNA participants matching 'Franklin County Pennsylvania' DNA.
'James Gray Elder was born on the 21st of July in the year 1868, recorded in the District of Derraw, in the District of Ballymoney, County of Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Father: Joseph Dickey Elder
Mother: Margaret Ann (Gray) Elder (probably born in Edinburgh, Scotland)
'From a letter received from Rev Richard N. Gordon, minister of 2nd Kilrea Presbyterian Church:
' On the first page of the baptisms performed by Joseph Dickey'
Enclosed with the letter was the certificate for the
baptism of Joseph Dickey Elder dated January 11th 1841,
and gave the residence of his father and mother as Culmore.
The father's name was Daniel Elder and the maiden name of the mother was Mary Reed.'
ELDER DNA Kit #155942
Connection to Pittwenweem, Fife, Scotland
William Elder, b. abt 1802 Pittenweem, Fife
ELDER Y-DNA kit #30720
1. ROBERT ELDER b. 2 Aug 1785 in SELKIRKSHIRE, Scotland (Borders)
Matches McClelland (66/67 markers)
Hoping soon to connect ELDER families of Isle of Skye and their descendants
in England and elsewhere.
Nancy's research notes and links
Sir George ELDER, born Killearnan near Inverness,
entered military from Isle of Skye.
Nancy's research notes
...'General Sir George Elder was born in this parish (Killearnan)
of humble but respectable parents, near the Castle of Kilcoy.
By his merits alone, he overcame all difficulties, and raised himself
to his distinguished rank and station.'
FIBIS (FAMILIES in British India Society) about inheritance of Sir George Elder, at his death, to John Elder, from Skye.
'Adminstrations relating to India 1830 - 1839' - Source Repository: National Archives 1837
Date 31 Apr 1837 - ' PROB 6/213, IR 26/245' - TNA Reference PROB 6/213, IR 26/245
' Sir, formerly of Waterloo Place, Middlesex, but late of Madras,
Knight Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, a Major General HM Army, bach. [d 3 Dec 1836,
to John Elder of Knock, isle of Skye, co. Inverness, Esq. the brother, Estate Duty Registers], 9000 in province, Pts'
Tracing a later George ELDER, b. 1841, living in England
1901 Ancestry.com census
Name: George Elder
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1841
Spouse's Name: Emma A
Where born: Isle of Skye, Scotland
Civil Parish: Greenwich
Ecclesiastical parish: St Alphage
Registration district: Greenwich
Sub registration district: Greenwich West
ED, institution, or vessel: 8
Household schedule number: 202
George Elder 60 (in 1891 - Clergyman-Presbyterian Church )
Emma A Elder 56
George H Elder 25 (b. abt 1876 Greenwich, Kent, England)
Cathrine S Elder 22 (b. abt 1879 Greenwich, Kent, England)
William A Elder 20 (b abt 1881 Greenwich, Kent, England)
Edith G Elder 19 (b abt 1882 Greenwich, Kent, England)
Alexander H Elder 16 (b. abt 1885 Dover, Kent, England)
Helenor Wood 29 servant
Eliza A Stevenson 21 servant
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 537; Folio: 55; Page: 32.
North of England DNA Study - 'ELDERS with an S' of Yorkshire
Eligible names are listed:
EARLAM EASTHAM EATOCK EATOUGH ECKERSALL ECKERSLEY EDDISON EDDLESTON EDELSTON EDLEY EGDELL ELDERS ELSTUB EMMOTT EMSLEY ENTWISLE ENTWISTLE ERLAM ESCREET ESCRITT ESPIN ETCHELLS EVERATT EXLEY
Notes posted for ELDERS of Yorkshire:
'The name has become strongly established in Yorkshire, since the 12th century.'
Scottish DNA chart with ELDER names
Administrator, Dr. Bruce Durie, Professor, University of Strathclyde
and 'Scotland DNA chart' by Kathrine Hope Borges
Scottish Ancestry Blog with DNA information by Alasdair MacDonald of Edinburgh
Elder DNA Blog by Jay Elder
Elder genealogy webpage with church and cemetery photos in Ireland, by Ray Elder in Co Derry, N. Ire.
ELDER in County Antrim, N. Ire - Ballymoney:
Alexander Lang Elder in Scotland, England and Australia
Elder Antique Elephant from India - with Elder Crest from Skye
Closer view of the Elder Crest from Skye - Hand with Palm branch and Motto: Virtute Duce
More about Elder Crests - Compiled from Elder Family Newsletter (pub 1993-1996) and elsewhere
Elder Dempster Company in Scotland, England and West Africa - Alexander Elder of Glasgow and Liverpool
Photo for Cemetery marker for Ancestor of John Elder of Glasgow, in
Milnathort Churchyard, Kinross-shire, Scotland
Photo of Cemetery marker for George Elder, d. 13 Dec. 1884 Milnathort, and wife Jane,
dau Margaret, son Robert and
James Finley, died 2 April 1909, aged 64 Interred at Glasgow
Revolutionary War Soldiers - ELDER Families in Pennsylvania State, USA
The William Elder of Maryland Descendants Association, Inc
For further information, contact:
Ms Nancy Elder-Petersen
7808 NE 51st St,
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