Master Surname Index



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

sprite

Michael Strahan

NFL Player and TV Personality

11th cousin 9 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

sprite

Ichabod Goodwin

27th Governor of New Hampshire

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Saher IV de Quincy

sprite

Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

15th cousin 6 times removed
via John, King of England

sprite

Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Saher IV de Quincy

sprite

Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir William Longespee

sprite

Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Roger le Bigod

sprite

E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

10th cousin 8 times removed
via John of Gaunt

sprite

E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

12th cousin 8 times removed
via Henry Plantagenet

sprite

E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

12th cousin 6 times removed
via Edmund FitzAlan

sprite

E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

13th cousin 8 times removed
via Margaret of France

sprite

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

10th cousin 9 times removed
via John of Gaunt

sprite

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

12th cousin 9 times removed
via Henry Plantagenet

sprite

William d'Aubeney

Magna Carta Surety

5th cousin 16 times removed
via Eustace I of Boulogne

sprite

Robert Fitz Walter

Magna Carta Surety

5th cousin 16 times removed
via Eustace I of Boulogne

sprite

Israel Stoughton

(c1602/3 - 1644)
Great Migration Immigrant 1632

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Eustace I of Boulogne

sprite

William Stoughton

Chief Judge and Prosecutor, Salem Witch Trials 1692

21st cousin
via Eustace I of Boulogne

sprite

Peter Bulkeley

(1582/3 - 1658/9)
Susan & Ellen passenger 1635

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Eustace I of Boulogne

sprite

Mary Stuart

Queen of Scots

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Henry II, Count of Louvain

sprite

Mary Stuart

Queen of Scots

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Otto II of Chiny

sprite

Mary Stuart

Queen of Scots

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Henry I, Duke of Lower Lorraine

sprite

Mary Stuart

Queen of Scots

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Eustace II of Boulogne

sprite

Mary Stuart

Queen of Scots

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Theobald III, Count of Blois

sprite

Henry de Bohun

Magna Carta Surety

5th cousin 16 times removed
via Eustace I of Boulogne

sprite

Leonard Chester

(c1610 - 1648)
Great Migration Immigrant 1633

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Eustace I of Boulogne

sprite

John Scudder

(c1618 - c1690)
James passenger 1635

21st cousin
via Eustace I of Boulogne

View entire list of famous kin for John Pitcairn

Please note: The ancestor reports on this website have been compiled from thousands of different sources, many over 100 years old. These sources are attached to each ancestor so that you can personally judge their reliability. As with any good genealogical research, if you discover a link to your own family tree, consider it a starting point for further research. It is always preferable to locate primary records where possible. FamousKin.com cannot and does not guarantee the accuracy and reliability of these sources.