Elizabeth SMYTH


Family Links

1. Jean COK


  • Marriage (1): Jean COK in 1647 1
  • Died: About 1683, Of, Lopness, Sanday, Orkney 3

bullet  Notes:

John was one of the sons of Robert Elphinstone (qv) of Hamegar near Stromness, and his heir. He was probably born at Hamegar, but moved to North Walls in Sanday. He married Jean Cock (qv) in 1647, and presumably acquired the lands of Lopness through his marriage. They had a large family, thought to have been 10 sons and seven daughters, but only five sons and five daughters have been identified with any certainty.

Their eldest son Robert inherited his father's lands. He married Clara van Overmeer of Utrecht, and lived at Lopness for some years around 1670. They afterwards returned to Holland, but in 1688 he came over as a Colonel with the Prince of Orange, and was subsequently given various appointments in Orkney and the Shetland Islands, and lived for a while in the Earl's Palace in Kirkwall, as described by Hossack. He and his family eventually returned to Holland. John and Jean's other sons were Edward, who was a skipper and married Martha Moncrieff, who remarried after Edward died relatively young in 1683; William, who is only known from his two marriages; James, but this is not certain as his marriage to Ann Rendall in 1717 is quite late; and John who married Elizabeth Moar, a Dutch woman, and whose son John moved to England.

Their known daughters were Elizabeth (aka Basse), who married twice, first to David Moncrief a Baillie in Kirkwall, and next to Thomas Louttit of Lyking, also a Baillie and Provost of Kirkwall; Margaret who was the second wife of Thomas Dishingtone, Precentor in Kirwall; Barbara (qv) who married Malcolm Scollay (qv); Mary who was the third wife of David Coventrie, a Baillie in Kirkwall and Chamberlain to the Bishop; and lastly Katherine, who is not known to have married.

Additional source:
Hossack, BH (1900) Kirkwall in the Orkneys. William Peace and Son, Kirkwall


John married Jean COK, daughter of Edward COK and Margaret BAIKIE, in 1647.1 (Jean COK died After 1678, Of in Lopness, Sanday, Orkney 4.)



1 Marriage contract, Letter from Malcolm Laing Esq to John Kerr Esq dated 29-9-1815. Anon, Elphinstone Documents p105-107. SoG ref FH/ELP

2 Family History, Letter from Malcolm Laing Esq to John Kerr Esq dated 29-9-1815. Anon, Elphinstone Documents p105-107. SoG ref FH/ELP

3 Probate, John Elphingstoune, Registration of Inventory dated 19-10-1685, ref CC17/2/14.

4 Inference, Kirkwall and St Ola, FHL(L) ref Mf 0990503 (baptism of granddaughter Jean Elphinstone).

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