John Abernethie fl.1691-1722

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John ABERNETHIE fl.1691-1722

Biographical Note

John Abernethie of Mayen, Banffshire, was the son of Alexander Abernethie of Auchincloich and Isobell Hackat, heiress of Mayen. He fought a lawsuit against his stepfather, Alexander Forbes of Blacktoun, which was heard on 12 February 1713, and was mentioned as still living in 1722.


He used a letterpress book label reading “John Abernethie of Mayen, | August 1. 1691.” An example is in the National Library of Scotland Henderson Smith Collection, J.H.S.1(3.6). The extent and disposition of his library are not known.


  • The Mayen Estate, Banffshire. Aberdeen Journal Notes and Queries 2 (1909): 27.
  • Forbes, William. A Journal of the Session . . . From February 1705, till November 1713. Edinburgh: Printed for the Author, 1714. 662-663.
  • Nisbet, Alexander. A System of Heraldry, Speculative and Practical. Edinburgh: Printed for J. Mackeuen, 1722-1742. i. 288.
  • Information provided by Kelsey Jackson Williams.