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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

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,
Lord Darnley.'
...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
155 pages
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. ...'

September 2010: has 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
County: Surrey

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
Age: 85
Estimated birth year: abt 1733
Death Date: 20 Jan 1818
Parish: St Martin In The Fields
Borough: Westminster
County: Middlesex
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
County: Middlesex
Borough: Tower Hamlets

Name origin

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)

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 census
Name: George Elder
Age: 60
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1841
Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Emma A
Gender: Male
Where born: Isle of Skye, Scotland
Civil Parish: Greenwich
Ecclesiastical parish: St Alphage
County/Island: London
Country: England
Registration district: Greenwich
Sub registration district: Greenwich West
ED, institution, or vessel: 8
Household schedule number: 202
Household Members:
Name Age
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 include:
Notes posted for ELDERS of Yorkshire:
'The name has become strongly established in Yorkshire, since the 12th century.'


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