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John Pitcairn

Ancestry of Major
John Pitcairn

British Commander at Battle of Lexington


Who was John Pitcairn?

Major John Pitcairn was a British Marine officer who took part in some of the American Revolution's most famous battles. He was in command of the advance party when the first shot (i.e. “shot heard 'round the world”) rang out at the Battle of Lexington. This is considered by many as the first shot of the American Revolution.

Just two months later, Major John Pitcairn was mortally wounded at the Battle of Bunker Hill. The moment was immortalized in American artist John Trumbull's painting titled The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Major Pitcairn is seen at right center falling into the arms of his son, also a Royal Marine, after receiving the fatal blow. He was carried back to Boston where he died within a few hours.

Famous Kin

Although Major Pitcairn was a Redcoat, he has a number of connections to American patriots who fought against the British during the war. He has kinships to signers of the American Declaration of Independence including Philip Livingston, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Harrison V, and Button Gwinnett. He also has a number of U.S. presidential connections including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Quincy Adams. Other patriots include Alexander Hamilton, Samuel Prescott (the rider who completed Paul Revere's midnight ride), and the author of the The Star Spangled Banner Francis Scott Key.

However Major Pitcairn is a Redcoat so it's only fitting to point out his kinship to the current royal family including Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Prince William, and Catherine Middleton. He's even a cousin to Sir Winston Churchill.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Major John Pitcairn

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

13th cousin 5 times removed
via Edward I, King of England

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

12th cousin 5 times removed
via Henry Plantagenet

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Hugh de Kevelioc

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Roger de Quincy

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Henry of Huntingdon

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

13th cousin 5 times removed
via Margaret of France

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir William Longespee

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John Davis

14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Hugh de Kevelioc

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John Davis

14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Maud de St. Hilary

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John Davis

14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts

13th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Alan la Zouche

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John Davis

14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts

18th cousin 2 times removed
via John FitzGilbert (the Marshal)

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John Davis

14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Gottfried I, Count of Louvain

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Hugh de Kevelioc

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

13th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir Alan la Zouche

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Steve McQueen

Movie Actor

10th cousin 6 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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Steve McQueen

Movie Actor

10th cousin 7 times removed
via Sir Thomas de Holand

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James C. Jones

10th Governor of Tennessee

10th cousin 3 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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James C. Jones

10th Governor of Tennessee

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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James C. Jones

10th Governor of Tennessee

10th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Thomas de Holand

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Geena Davis

Movie and TV Actress

11th cousin 9 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Daniel Henry Chamberlain

76th Governor of South Carolina

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Geoffrey FitzPiers

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Amanda Bearse

TV Actress

11th cousin 9 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Hiram Bingham

69th Governor of Connecticut

16th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir Geoffrey FitzPiers

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King Charles III

King of the United Kingdom

14th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir Richard de Burgh

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