Ancient Gibson Genealogy

The purpose of these pages is to identify some of our notable ancestors, through lines that are both historical, mythological and legendary, but not improbable. The word mythological does not mean false but rather "to designate the narrative component". Our family has thousands of legendary lines tracing back to Adam, some more probable than others, though I am certain that we trace back somehow to Adam, so it doesn't matter whether through these lines or some other.  Links are provided to Wikipedia articles for additional reading.  I was recently contacted by a "professional genealogist" who wanted to point out that my legendary lines of descent were, in fact, legendary and that some people might take them as wholly factual (which is why I used the word "legendary" in the first place). Readers are free to believe them or not.  Legendary implies that they cannot be proved, but are based on medieval or mythological sources.  I would refer such skeptical readers of these pages to the Wikipedia article on Descents from Antiquity, which they may find enlightening.  Descent from medieval and ancient royal families is very possible and probable with almost all colonial families of European descent.  Please do not contact me if you intend to criticize or refute my pages.  There is no point as I am not trying to prove anything.  Our ancestors are listed here to be shared, enjoyed and appreciated by those reading these pages.  I have found more than 2000 royal or noble ancestor with more than 140 different lines to Charlemagne, "the father of Europe and the western world", and an ancestor to everyone with European descent.

Other ancient line can be found on the Royal Ancestors Page.

This history comes from "The Holy Bible" and ancient great books written at the end of the first millennium including: "The Saltairs of Tara and Cashel", "The Book of Conquests and Invasions", "The White Book", and "The History of Kings". This information was compiled by the McCloskey Clan in their "Ancient Origins".

Longevity from Adam to Moses

Genesis records the ages of the first fathers in meticulous detail. However, the ancestry is entirely in the line of Seth, so we can only speculate about the ages of people descended from Cain (plus all the other sons and daughter of Adam and Eve - which should have been many). Dates in red are approximate. These figures are based on the Masoretic text which is the source used by most modern Bibles.

No

Name

Born

Became
Father@

Age

Died

1

Adam

0

130

930

930

2

Seth

130

105

912

1042

3

Enosh

235

90

905

1140

4

Kenan

325

70

910

1235

5

Mahalalel

395

65

895

1290

6

Jared

460

162

962

1422

7

Enoch

622

65

365

987

8

Methuselah

687

187

969

1656

9

Lamech

874

182

777

1651

10

Noah

1056

502

950

2006

11

Shem "Semites"

1558

100

600

2158

12

Arphaxad

1658

35

438

2096

13

Shelah

1693

30

433

2126

14

Eber "Hebrews"

1723

34

464

2187

15

Peleg

1757

30

239

1996

16

Reu

1787

32

239

2026

17

Serug

1819

30

230

2049

18

Nahor

1849

29

148

1997

19

Terah

1878

130

205

2083

20

Abram (Abraham) *

2008

100

175

2183

21

Isaac

2108

60

180

2288

22

Jacob (Israel) **

2168

70

147

2315

23

Levi

2238

57

137

2375

24

Kohath

2295

70

133

2428

25

Amram

2365

68

137

2502

26

Moses

2433

 

120

2553

 

Noah - of the great flood.

Japheth - 2nd son of Noah and brother of Shem

Gomer - son of Japheth.

Gaildhal Glas - (Pronounced Gall Glass) descendant of Gomer, and the father of the ancient Celtic people, who’s language is known as Gaelic.

Niul - grandson of Gaildhal Glas, who married the daughter of the Egyptian Pharaoh.

Miledh - son of Niul, who married Scota, the daughter of Ramsees II. 
       Ramsees II was the Pharaoh in Egypt, when Moses led the Israelites to the Promised Land. 
       The ancient Irish people, who descended from the Celtic king, were called “Scots” in ancient Roman History, 
       because they were descended from this Egyptian princess named Scota. 
       Many years later, the Irish would invade the Highlands, and conquered it from the 
       original inhabitants called “Picts” - this is how it came to be known as “Scotland”.

Eremon - High King of Ireland. 
He was the son of Miledh and the Celtic king, who conquered what is now Ireland from the original inhabitants, called “DeDannans” around 1,000 B.C.

Iral - High King of Ireland, grandson of Eremon.

Tighernmas - High King of Ireland, 7th in descent from Iral.

Eochaid - High King of Ireland.

Ollam Foola - 21st High King of Ireland.

Aod Raud - High King of Ireland.

Ugani Nor - High King of Ireland; father of all the leading families of Ireland, except the province of Munster.

Iaegaire Lorc - High King of Ireland; killed by his brother for the throne.

Labraid Loingsech - High King of Ireland; grandson of Iaegaire Lorc.

Conaire Mor - High King of Ireland; about the time of Christ.

Crimthann Naid Nair - High King of Ireland.

Eochaid Feidlech - High King of Ireland.

Fiacha - High King of Ireland; 6th in descent from Eochiad Feidlech.

Tuthal Fechtmar - High King of Ireland.

Feidlimid - High King of Ireland.

Conn - High King of Ireland; was a great warrior king, who was known as “Conn of the Hundred Battles”.

Conaire - High King of Ireland.

Caori Riada - High King of Ireland.
He established the ancient kingdom of Dalrida, encompassing parts of Northern Ireland and Western Scotland.

Carbri - High King of Ireland.

Ficha - High King of Ireland.

Muirdeach Tireach - High King of Ireland; son of Ficha.

Eochaid Muigh Medon - High King of Ireland.

Niall - son of Eochaid Muigh Medon; High King of Ireland
A great warrior king, who invaded ancient England on many occasions. 
The High Kings of Ireland, for over 400 years, were his direct descedents. He died in 404 A.D.

Eogan - (Pronounced: Owen), son of Naill, and King of Tir-Owen.

Muirethaigh - (Pronounced: Murry), King of Tir-Owen.

Muirethaigh - son of Muirethaigh; High King of Ireland.

Downnaill - (Pronounced: Donnal); King of Tir-Owen.

Aedha - (Pronounced: Hay); King of Tir-Owen.

Maile - King of Tir-Owen.

Maile Duin - King of Tir-Owen.

Gergail - King of Tir-Owen.

Concoghair - (Pronounced: Conner); son of Gergail. Established his own kingdom of Keenaught.

Drugain - son of Condoghair, and King of Keenaught.

Cathan - (Pronounced: Kane); son of Drugain. Father of the clan that bares his name, the O’Cahan’s.

Cathusaigh O’Cahan - King of Keenaught.

Diermada O’Cahan - King of Keenaught.

Concionaegh O’Cahan - King of Keenaught; son of Diermada O’Cahan.

Auslan O’Cahan - Youngest son of King Concionaegh O’Cahan. 
Because of a price put on his head by the Viking kings in Dublin, for the part he played in slaying many of the Viking royal family, 
he fled to Scotland in 1016 with his followers and extended family where he then established a kingdom.
He rendered his service as a warrior to Malcom II, King of Scotland. He exhibited great bravery and skill in fighting the Danes, 
and was given lands on the east shore of Loch Lomond as payment. His descendants were, for a long time, known as MacAuslans. 
Many years later the MacAuslans change their surname to Buchanan.

John MacAuslan    - 1018 to 1066  second son of Auslan O’Cahan, 1st chief of Clan MacAuslan, died at the Battle of Stamford Bridge.

Auslan MacAuslan - 1037 to 1066  eldest son of John MacAuslan, 2nd chief of Clan MacAuslan, died at the Battle of Stamford Bridge.

Walter MacAuslan - 1063 to 1111  eldest living son of Auslan MacAuslan, 3rd chief of Clan MacAuslan.

Girald MacAuslan -  1084 to 1113  eldest living son of Walter MacAuslan, 4th chief of Clan MacAuslan.

MacBeath MacAuslan - 1108 to 1184  eldest living son of Girald MacAuslan, 5th chief of Clan MacAuslan.

Auslan MacAuslan - 1132 to 1187  eldest living son of MacBeath MacAuslan, 6th chief of Clan MacAuslan.

Gilbert MacAuslan - 1155 to 1198  eldest living son of Auslan MacAuslan, 7th chief of Clan MacAuslan; 
his sons changed their surname to
Buchanan and established a Kingdom (Clan) on  the shores of Loch Lomond by a grant from the Earl of Lennox.
From the second son of this chief, descended the families who adopted the surnames of Gib, Gibbs, Gibson, Gilbert and Gilbertson.

(Lord) Auslan Gib         - 1176 to 1247  2nd son of Gilbert, 3 male children lived past infancy.  
                                                           During his early years, Auslan was called Auslan MacGilbert or Auslan Gilbert. 
                                                           He shortened his name to Auslan Gib about 1200 when he became a feudal lord.

(Lord) Thomas Gib       - 1201 to 6 April 1250  Youngest son of Auslan, 4 male children lived past infancy.
                                                           It is recorded that he was named for the apostle Thomas and married Christian Strathearn about 1219.
                                                           Christian was the fourth daughter of Lord Robert of Strathearn and his second wife, Matilda Graham.
                                                           There are references to his name as Thomas MacAuslan in some early records.
                                                           
It is recorded that Sir Thomas died while serving with the Knights Templar in the Seventh Crusade.

Lord Thomas Gibson  - 1223 to 1265  2nd son of Thomas, 2 male children lived past infancy.
Lord Thomas Gibson     Thomas (The first Gibson) took the name Gibson as the son of Thomas Gib about 1245.
 
  He married Lady Katherine St. Clair, daughter of Lord Henri de St. Clair about 1240 before leaving on the crusade.
     Lord Thomas of Midlothian was knighted about 1244 and then created a Baron by King Alexander III of Scotland in 1254.
     O
n his return from serving with his father and eldest brother as a Knights Templar in the Seventh Crusade and was awarded 
     a significant portion of his grandfather's estate at Rosslyn, Midlothian.
     William Gib, older brother of Thomas along with his father Thomas were killed in the Crusade during the
Battle of Fariskur.
     Thomas was the "Gold Keeper" for the crusade and paid the ransom for the release of King Louis IX and othe remaining crusaders.
   

Lord William Gibson 
- 1255 to 1327  1st  son of  Thomas, 2 male children lived past infancy.
                                                          Lord William of Midlothian married Lady Beatrix Stewart, daughter of Beatrix and Walter 1212-1246, Steward of Dundonald.
                                                          Beatrix was the daughter of  Walter 1212 - 1246, Steward of Dundonald, or Walter Óg.  His father was
                                                          Walter fitzAlan Stewart, the 3rd hereditary High Steward of Scotland and Justiciar of Scotia.
                                                          Lord William lived an exceptionally long and prosperous life and was created a Baron by King John of Scotland in 1293.
Lord Henry Gibson      - 1277 to 1349  3rd son of  William, 3 male children lived past infancy.   
                                                          Henry married Lady Ruth Monypenny, the daughter of Lord James Monypenny about 1295.
                                                          Lord Henry of Midlothian was knighted by King Robert I of Scotland for his leadership and skillful fighting against England.
                                                          His eldest brother William was kill at the Battle of Midlothian during the first war for Scottish Independence.
                                                          Shortly before his death, he was chartered Lord of Rothesay and awarded the Castle and Barony.


Lord Johun Gibson      - 1302 to 1349   2nd son of Henry, 2 male children lived past infancy.  Most of his family died in 1349 of the plague.
                 (John)                              Johun was descended from Walter Stewart and the Royal House of Stewart through his
                                                         grandmother Beatrix, grand daughter of 
Maol Domhnaich, Earl of Lennox the eldest son of Alan fitz Walter,
                                                         2nd High Steward of Scotland by his second wife Alesta, daughter of Morggán, Earl of Mar.
                                                         Johun married Lady Margaret Kirkcaldy, the daughter of Lord William Kirkcaldy of County Fife.

                                                         As a Scottish Clan leader Johun led an army that attacked and defeated Strathbogie's sheriff, Alan de Lisle,
                                                         in the Retreat of Balliol.  He then took possession of Castle of Rothesay, returned it to his uncle and
                                                        
was created Duke of Rothesay and Keeper of the Castle of Rothesay by King David II of Scotland.
                                                         Unfortunately, he later surrendered the Castle to the English during the Second War of Scottish Independence in 1335.

                           Although this period has been designated as the beginning of the era of baronies, knighthood, heraldrypeerage,
                      and other designated nobility, obviously many of the previously listed Gibson ancestors lived a good and noble life.
                                                              [Hollywood producer and directorMel Gibson is very aware of our family history with many of his movies recording events of our ancestors.
                                         Although not specifically mentioned or identified, Johun Gibson and the
Second War of Scottish Independence are featured in Mel's 1995 film Braveheart.]

Lord James Gibson      - 1336 to 1393   youngest son of Johun, 2 male children lived past infancy.
                                                           James married Lady Elizabeth Hay, the daughter of Lord Alexander Hay of Dumfries, Scotland.
                                                           Lord James of Dumfries was a Knight and Royal Chartered Baron under King Robert II of Scotland.

Lord William Gibson - 1358 to 1448   1st living son of James, 4 male children lived past infancy.
                                                          William married Lady Joan (or Jane) of Dumfries.
                                                          Lord William of Dumfries was a Royal Chartered Baron and significant landholder of record under King Robert III of Scotland.  

Lord Thomas Gibson - 1388 to 1448  2nd son of William, 3 male children lived past infancy,
                                                          Thomas married Lady Anne Baird, the daughter of Lord Andrew Baird of Dumfries, Scotland
                                                          Lord Thomas of Dumfries was a Royal Chartered Baron and significant landholder of record under King James I of Scotland.  
                                                    
Lord Alexander Gibson - 1421 to 1462  youngest  son of Thomas, 4 male children lived past infancy.
                (Alex)                                Alexander married Lady Elizabeth of Dumfries, Scotland.
                                                          Lord Alexander of Dumfries was a Chartered Free Baron under King James II
of Scotland.  

Lord Andrew Gibson
-1442 to 1503  2nd son of Alexander, 4 male children lived past infancy.
                                                          Andrew married Lady Margaret Stirling, the daughter of  Lord George Stirling of Goldingstones, County Fife, Scotland
                                                          The grandfather of Margaret was Lord George Dunbar, The 4th Earl of March, of Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland.
                                                          Lord Andrew of Dumfries was a Chartered Free Baron under King James III of Scotland.  

Lord Thomas Gibson1469 to 1515  youngest son of Andrew, 3 male children lived past infancy.  He was the "First Gibson of Durie".
                                                          Thomas married Lady Elizabeth Erskine, the daughter of John Erskine, the 4th Laird of Dun, of Angus, Scotland.
                                                          Lord Thomas was a Clerk of Sessions of High Court of Scotland and Free Baron of Goldingstones, County Fife, Scotland under King James IV.
                                                          The Clerk of Sessions of the Lord High Admiral Court of Scotland was a high position of leadership and not a recorder of court events.

Accurate records of births during the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries are usually difficult to obtain and are estimated in some instances.
Some of these dates are from baptismal records and reasonable
as the Scottish Gibson family was descended from nobility and kept records of significant events.
The Gibson family, along with many other descendants of Auslan O’Cahan,
returned to their ancient homeland of Scotland,
and their descendants began the great migration to America in the early 1630's, many by way of Ireland and England.

Continue family tree with Lord Thomas Gibson.