Archie, indeed…Great info, thanks! I believe you about the Irish swelling the military ranks as that’s just what my great-great grandfather Thomas Patrick Gordon did! I have a copy of his military records, he served in the King’s Royal Horse Artillery in Woolich, England and was promoted just twice in 20 years back then!
Interesting enough, my mother tells me he was adopted so that throws another kink in my ancestry research. Now I don’t know if Gordon was his birth name or adopted name. Either way, Scots-Irish works for me!
Believe it or not, I also have a bagpipe practice chanter that I need to dust off. Love the pipes!