Adam Gordon Geddes

Son of John Geddes (III)
Father of Andrew David Geddes

Wife and children
Death certificate
Inventory after death
Pictures and Photos
See also:
John Geddes IV (brother)
David Geddes (brother)
Alexander Geddes (brother)
James Geddes (brother)
Margaret Geddes (daughter)
John Geddes (V) (son)
Marriage of Adam Gordon Geddes
Letters from Adam Gordon Geddes
Advice to ... Paymaster
Geddes newspaper clippings
Census returns


1790Adam Gordon Geddes born in Edinburgh
1814Paymaster of 22nd regiment
1815Paymaster of 100th regiment
1820Paymaster of 10th Royal Veteren Battalion
1821Placed on half-pay
1828Tenant at Airfield Farm, Cranston
1828Married Marion Fauldswife
1829Margaret Geddes borndaughter
1831John Geddes (V) bornson
1834Andrew David Geddes bornson
1847Living in Edinburgh
1850Marion Geddes diedwife
1860Margaret Geddes married J.A.Vernordaughter
1861Adam Gordon Geddes died
Adam Gordon Geddes

Signature of Adam Gordon Geddes


Adam Gordon Geddes was paymaster for regiments.

From "A List of the Officers of the Army and of the Corps of Royal Marines By Great Britain War Office" Page 475:
Veteran Battalions - 10th - Paymaster Adam Gordon Geddes
Rank in the Army: 31 Mar. 1814     When placed on Half-pay: 25 June 1821

From the London Gazette

Adam Geddes to be paymaster
Adam Geddes to be paymaster
Adam Geddes to be paymaster

See Advice to the Officers of the British Army - Paymaster for a satirical account of what a paymaster did.

One of the letters about James Geddes by John Geddes (III), Adam's father, sayd "Adam is now at Chatham, & expects to be disbanded soon, to which I have no objection, as I think he will be better on 1/2 pay." This letter is dated 18 Feb 1816. Presumably this is due to the widescale reduction of the armed forces after the Napoleonic wars.

He was also a tenant farmer at Airfield Farm, Cranston. A letter of 21 Sept 1825 from John Geddes III to John Geddes IV, his son and Adam Geddes' brother (David Geddes is another brother), says "Adam will acquaint you that he is looking out for a farm, but hitherto unsuccessful. I have promised Adam a £1000, to stock a farm, & I suppose Davie will require as much in his new concern, & in that event you have all got an equal sum, only Adam, from his former mismanagement, will be considerably behind." Airfield Farm seems to have been demolished, althought there is an Airfield Farm which is a listed building - presumably a later building. Adam married his wife at Cranston in 1828.

Street directories show that he lived at 5 Archibald Place (Lauriston) from 1843-1847, at 7 Henderson Row 1848-1850 (his wife died in 1850), and at 28 Hamilton Place 1858-1859.

Adam Gordon Geddes died intestate, with hardly any money or possessions, but his daughter married well, and his sons had military careers. Their uncle John Geddes IV may have helped the family.

Wife and Children

Wife: Marion Faulds (1795-1850) of Peebles. They were married in 1828.

See Marriage of Adam Gordon Geddes.


Margaret Geddes1829-1911in 1860 to James Alexander Vernor 1805-1866
in 1874 to John Legat
See her webpage.
John Geddes (V)1831-1920in 1862 to Madeline Mary Hessing 1831-1877
in 1893 to Frances Mary Green
See his webpage.
Andrew David Geddes1834-1888in 1864 to Emily Jane Eckford 1839-1930See his webpage.

The census returns show that his daughter Margaret Geddes and son John Geddes V may not have lived with him for at least some of their childhood.

The death certificate of Adam Gordan Geddes

Adam Gordan Geddes death certificate

This is a copy of a copy so the copyists may have made mistakes. Apologies for any of mine.

Inventory after death

Adam Gordon Geddes, 21st May 1861 (Testament Dative)

At Edinburgh the twenty first day of May Eighteen hundred and sixty one the following Inventory of the Personal Estate of the deceased Adam Gordon Geddes was presented by My Donald Horne WS.

Inventory of the Personal Estate wheresoever situated of Adam Gordon Geddes Esquire Paymaster H.P. late tenth Royal Veteran Battalion who died at twenty eight Hamilton Place Edinburgh on the third day of May Eighteen hundred and sixty one.


1.Cash in the House£0.5.6
2.Cash in Bank2.16.8
3.Thirty three days half pay at 7/6d per day due to the deceased as at date of death12.16.6
4.Household furniture Silver Plate and Effects in the deceased house conform to Inventory and Appraisement130.19.0
Total amount of Personal Estate146.17.8

(Signed) John Geddes Capt. 76th. Regt.

(Signed) James Rose WS

At Edinburgh the twentieth day of May Eighteen hundred and sixty one years In presence of James Rose Esquire WS Justice of the Peace for the County of Ross Appeared John Geddes Captain in her Majesty's Seventy sixth Regiment of Foot who being solemnly sworn and examined Depones that the said Adam Gordon Geddes Paymaster Half pay, late of the Tenth Royal Veteran Battalion and residing at Number twenty eight Hamilton Place Edinburgh died intestate on the third day of May Eighteen hundred and sixty one That the Deponent has entered upon the possession and management of his personal or Moveable Estate as Eldest Son and Executor qua nearest in kin; That the Deponent does not know of any Testamentary Settlement or Writing left by the deceased relative to the disposal of his Personal Settlement or Effects or any part thereof; That the foregoing inventory signed by the Deponent and the said Justice of the Peace as relative hereto is a full and complete inventory of the Personal Estate and Effects of the said deceased Adam Gordon Geddes wherever situated and belonging or due to him beneficially at the time of his death in so far as the same has come to the Deponents knowledge; but which Inventory no Confirmation is at present required; and that the said Estate situated in the United Kingdom is of he value of One hundred pounds sterling and under two hundred pounds Sterling; All which is truth as the Deponent shall answer to God.

(Signed) John Geddes

(Signed) James Rose WS

The following was written in April 1990 by John Frederick Dibblee, great grandson of Adam Gordon Geddes:

Economic circumstances very different [to his father's will and inventory] but this may not have been the whole story. He was a widower with a house he may have owned, his two sons were launched on Army careers and his daughter had recently married a rich man. He may have given away most of his possessions (there was some sort of estate duty at that date, I think). Some of his household expenses may have been subsidised by the family. It is possible he owned real property, which would not have been included in the testament, but, except for his own house, this seems unlikely as no debts for rent appear. 7/6 per day sounds tiny, but may well have covered his expenses. A subaltern's pay in late C19 was 5/9d and only 11/- in 1939.

Pictures and Photos

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Adam and Marion Geddes

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Marion Faulds
Marion née Faulds
wife of Adam Gordon Geddes
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"From photo on glass
titled ? Adam Gordon Geddes.
Same date as John Geddes?"
(see John for other photo)

See Marriage of Adam Gordon Geddes

Their daughter, Margaret Geddes

For photos of Margaret Geddes, her husbands, and her son, see her webpage.

Their older son, John Geddes (V)

For photos of John Geddes (V), his wife, and sons, see his webpage.

Their younger son, Andrew David Geddes

For photos of Andrew David Geddes and his family, see his webpage.