Katherine Forbes Asher (née Gordon)

25th Feb 1799 - 5th Aug 1880


Youngest daughter of Rev. John Gordon (1758-1827), minister of Duffus, and his wife Isabel nee Lumsden (c. 1834). Married 16/09/1828 Rev. William Asher, minister of Inveravon. Living at the Manse in Inveravon in the censuses 1841-1871. Died at Croft Cottage, Institution Road, Elgin, 05/08/1880. The informant on her death certificate was her son Alexander Asher who became Solicitor General for Scotland. Another of her sons, John Gordon Asher, became a surgeon in Bombay.

Katherine was a major beneficiary of the will of John Gordon of Kingston, Jamaica who died in the mid-1820s. In his will, John Gordon specified that his estates in Jamaica (Cross's Pen, Governor's Mountain and Little Angels, all in St Catherine and with c. 300 enslaved people) be sold for the benefit of his nieces and nephews and Katherine. John Gordon's connection with Katherine is unknown; she may have been a relative as they shared the same surname, but Gordon's will makes no mention of this.


Hew Scott, Fasti ecclesiae scoticanae (1926) vol. 6 pp. 345 and 386. Scotland censuses online. GROS Deaths 1880 135 117.

PROB 11/1753/30.

Further Information

Maiden Name
William Asher
Isabella Lumsden (1829-1889), Barbara (1830-), John Gordon (1832-1880), Alexander (1834-1905), Mary Elizabeth 1836-1878), William Gordon Cumming (1838-1882), James (1840-1842), Robina Agnes (1842-1871)

Associated Estates (3)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1829 [EA] - → Legatee
1829 [EA] - → Legatee
1829 [EA] - → Legatee

Relationships (1)

Legatee → Testator

Addresses (2)

Croft Cottage, Institution Road, Elgin, Moray, North-east Scotland, Scotland
The Manse, Inveravon, Banffshire, North-east Scotland, Scotland