John Molleson (baptized 1661 at Aberdeen) was a younger son of Gilbert Molleson, merchant-burgess and baillie of Aberdeen, by his wife Margaret Smith, who was a Quaker. John was apprenticed to his sister's husband David Falconar, merchant of Edinburgh. Gilbert's oldest daughter Christian married Robert Barclay of Urie, the Quaker Apologist. When William Penn acquired Pennsylvania, he appointed Robert Barclay (1648-1690) governor, although Barclay never visited the colony. Gilbert Molleson, Jr. (1659-1730) was a draper of London and one of the proprietors of East New Jersey.
My ancestors were descendants of David and Margaret (Molleson) Falconar, who came to Maryland.
Gilbert's father was Thomas Molleson (c.1550-1623), town clerk of Aberdeen, and mother Bessie Leask, daughter of THomas Leask of Auchmad and Barbara Mowat.
Thomas's father was Gilbert Malisoun (c.1500?-after 1562), merchant of Aberdeen; his mother was said to be Anna, daughter of Alexander Chalmer of Murthill (this is unproved; only mentioned in a 1674 pedigree in the Barclay of Bury Hill MSS, Friends Historical Library, London)
Gilbert's father was Alexander Malisoun (c.1470?-by 1521). Alexander's father was John Malisoun. There are
earlier members of the family in Aberdeen going back to the late 1300s. It was one of the leading merchant families there and members frequently appear in the town records.
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