DR WILLIAM EAGLESON GORDON AND EMILY M. DICK
FATHER AND MOTHER OF A.A. GORDON
William Eagleson Gordon (Sr) was born on 4 June 1831 as the son of Rober S. Gordon and Ellen Eagleson and settled down in Homehill in Bridge of Allan where he became a respected doctor. William later received a younger brother George Gordon. In the American surgeon' catalogue "the surgeon-general's catalogue of the United States' an article 'Testimonials to William Gordon' was published later on. In 1866 he issued a pamphlet 'Bridge of Allan and his resources'.
On 12 August 1865, he married the widow Emily Freer, whose birth name was Dick. Emily Maryanna A. Dick was born in 1836 as the daughter of Archibald and Isabella Dick, who were the owners of Windsor Castle in Jamaica. Isabella was the fourth daughter of Colin MacKenzie IV of Mountgerald, Rossh-shire and great-great-granddaughter of Henry Mackenzie, sixth laird of Gairloch. The Mackenzie family can be traced back till before the year 1060! Emily had married George Freer in 1859 and took up residence with her husband in the West Indies. She received her firstborn George Freer there. After she remarried William and Emily had their first son, William Eagleson Gordon in 1866. A year later Archibald Alexander Gordon was born and received their daughter Emily McKenzie Gordon in 1869. Three years later the couple will receive their third child Robert Aaron Gordon on the 7th of February 1871. Robert unfortunately later died in 1903 at the age of 32. On the 12th of April 1873, Emily received her second daughter Helen Isabella Gordon after William had suddenly died in January 1873.
Before and during the war, Major Gordon's mother had several companion's, most of them became casualties of war, but never remarried. Emily Gordon died on the 16th of February 1917 and is buried together with her husband William in Logie Cemetry, Stirling Scotland.
Major Gordon writes of his mother in his book 'Culled from a Diary' the following sentence: