Thanks for that Carol. You're absolutely right about how the Will could be misconstrued. Hadn't thought of that! But I believe some good evidence can be found in the Fasti:
"JAMES INNES, born 1638, descended 1Q&7 of the family of Blackhills in Moray ; educated at Marischal College, Aber
deen ; M.A. (llth June 1666) ; entered 22nd Dec. 1667; did not conform to Presbyterianism in 1690, but was allowed to remain in the charge till his death on 24th Dec. 1704. He marr. Jean Munro, who died before 1725, and had issue Theodore, merchant, Edinburgh ; James, settled in South Carolina, who left 80 to the poor of the parish ; Barbara, marr. (cont. 19th Aug. 1732) John Sutherland, merchant, Thurso. [Caithness Sas., i., 441 ; Services of Heirs ; Macfarlane s Geog. Coll., i,, 155 ; TomlstJ]" - from http://www.archive.org/details/fastiecclesiu07scotuoft
which is a reasonable OCR scan of the original.
My posting 7 Jun 2007 sums up where I'm coming from. Behind it all, for me, is the oft-repeated assertion that the James GADDIS & John GADDIS above were sons of George GEDDES of Nether Dallachy, Bellie, Banff and Kempcairn, Keith, Banff & his wife Margaret INNES (they marr 1707 - their marriage contract survives). She was eldest d/o John INNES 5th of Edingight, which brings in the INNES connection.
I'm now perfectly satisfied that this assertion is incorrect, for several reasons, the most obvious being that George GEDDES & Margaret INNES didn't have a son John and their son James GEDDES married Isobel TAYLOR and remained in Bellie/Keith. On the other hand, given the 'other' GEDDES hot-spot in Caithness and with Col James INNES' Canisbay connections (even if not origins), there is a sensible alternative to the immigrants' origins - Canisbay rather than Bellie.
My GEDDESes come from Banffshire (Fordyce and Deskford) and I've been trying to find a link back to the Bellie GEDDESes. Every loose end seems to involve a James and a John! So, James GEDDES s/o George GEDDES is still a candidate relative of mine, and worth trying to find a link to.
I have yet to come across any link between my 'indigenous' GEDDESes in Banffshire and those in Caithness (or Orkney) and not for the want of trying.
Further, we've since satisfied ourselves (via Fasti Ecclesiæ Scoticanae for Moray/Aberdeen) that Rev James INNES (h/o Jean BRODIE) cannot possibly be Col James INNES, so that line of inquiry came to naught. According to Clan Brodie, Rev James INNES is a Balvenie INNES which goes back to Walter INNES 1st of Innermarkie (as do the Edingight [Grange, Banff] and Orton [Moray] INNES.
Thanks again. Do let me know of any Geddeses you stumble across in your research!