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  • ID: I589
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 5 FEB 1770 in Edinburgh Parish,Edinburgh,Midlothian,Scotland
  • Death: 8 JAN 1836 in Danzig,Prussia
  • Burial: 12 JAN 1836 Danzig,Prussia
  • Note:
    Alexander Gibson and his brother, John Gibson (1764-1819), lived in Danzig, Prussia (Poland) for a period of time.

    Alexander Gibson was a British Commissary and Consul in Danzig, Prussia.

    (1) THE BALFOURS OF PILRIG, A History For The Family, by Barbara Balfour-Melville; T. and A. Constable, Edinburgh, 1907. See pages 158-160.
    (2) Archibald and Alexander Gibson, British Commissaries and Consuls at Danzig: 1764-1836, at http://www/hw/ac.uk/archive/html/gibsoncraig.html.
    (3) http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp
    (4) THE BALFOURS OF PILRIG, Printed for Private Circulation (1899).
    (5) http://paukner.thies-peter.neuf.fr/English/GibsTaf3KrkwMusEn.pdf , where the following is reported:

    Alexander Gibsone (1771-1836), Consul-General of Great Britain, merchant.

    Like his elder brother Johann Alexander comes to Danzig around 1785 being invited by his uncle Baron Alexander von Gibsone. Alth both brothers grew up in Scotland, they became Prussian patriots. During the siege of Danzig by Napolenic troops in 1807 Alexander wins the confidence of General Kalckreuth and works as aide-de-camp in defence of the city. Especially for his idea of using an optical telegraph in communications with the Prussian troops beyond the fortress, who are attacked by the Frenchmen, he is later on decorated with the Order of the Red Eagle ("Roter-Adler-Orden"). He corresponds not only with Kalckeuth, but also with Gneisenau, with whom he keeps a lifelong friendship. In 1814 he becomes British Consul and Counsel General of Hanover in Danzig. He is in close contact with the Prussian generalship, in particular with Gruter and Stein, and publishes state-philosophical memoirs. In 1840 is appointed in Berlin to be deputy ("Huldigungs-Deputierter") with "Virilstimme" (a specially weighty voice) as of the cities of West Prussia. He also participates at the so-called "Erbhuldigung" in Koenigsberg.


    (6) http://www.electricscotland.com/history/germany/appendix2.htm
    (7) http://www.electricscotland.com/history/prussia/part2-2.htm
    (8) THE SCOTS IN EASTERN AND WESTERN PRUSSIA, by Th. A. Fischer (Otto Schulze & Co., Edinburgh; 1903).
    (9) Thies-Peter Paukner.
  • Change Date: 15 DEC 2013 at 10:07:56

    Father: WILLIAM GIBSON b: 1736 in Durie,Fife,Scotland
    Mother: MARY CECILIA BALFOUR b: 30 JUL 1742 in Saint Cuthberts,Edinburgh,Midlothian,Scotland
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