Men Who Flourished In Other Places In The Past
Gregory was born at Drumoak, Aberdeenshire, on 20 December 1625, the second-eldest son of John Gregorie, who was minister there. His maternal grandfather was talented in medicine and mathematics and his younger brother James designed the Gregorian telescope. His father sent him to the Netherlands to be a herring trader but he was never keen and returned to Aberdeen to concentrate on his interest in science and literature. In 1664 he inherited Kinnairdy Castle. In 1671 his wife Jean died having borne him fifteen children and a few months later and he married Isabel Gordon who was to bear him a further fourteen children. Twenty of his children reached adulthood and three became professors of mathematics at Oxford, Edinburgh and St Andrews.
General Alexander Gordon
At the end of the 17th Century Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, began to modernise his army and looked abroad for advice. Alexander Gordon III of Auchintoul, born in 1669, was one of many Scots soldiers who fought in the Russian army at that time, joining in 1696. He rose to the rank of Major-General before returning to Auchintoul on the death of his father.
William Gordon Stables
William Gordon Stables was born in Aberchirder in 1837. He initially served as a surgeon in the Royal Navy and wrote over 130 books, largely boys’ adventure fiction. In 1884 he commissioned a “gentleman’s caravan” – The Wanderer – travelling the length and breadth of Britain. Stables well earned his title as the ‘Father of Leisure Caravanning’.