GOURDON / GOURDON X 2
- While most of you will know of the Gourdon, fishing/
merchant shipping port, there is also the lesser known
Gourdon in the Howe of the Mearns two miles south of
Fettercairn on the Fettercairn to Marykirk road. Old
maps and documents suggest that the Howe Gourdon was a
pre "improvements" fermtoun, with a sizeable population.
The question on my mind is whether the two places derive
their names from entirely independent origins or might
there be something which connected them? In past times,
pre 1800, there wasn't much migration of people between
the inland farming communities and the coastal fishing
Locals pronounce the name Gurdon so it is unsurprising
that both spellings appear in older records.
P.S. I have ancestors in both Gourdons.