Person NameGordon; family
ActivityThe first record mentioning a Gordon is a charter, c 1171, from a Richard or Richer Gordon which granted lands to the Monks of Kelso. He was succeeded by his son, Sir Thomas of Gordon. The chief line of the Gordons later merged with the Seton family on the marriage, in 1407, of Elizabeth Gordon (who succeeded her brother John) to Alexander Seton, the second son of Sir William Seton of Seton and his wife Jonet Fleming, daughter of Sir David Fleming. In 1439 their son was styled Alexander of Seton, Master of Gordon, Lord Tullibody, or Sir Alexander Seton of Tullibody, and in 1445, he was created Earl of Huntly. In 1456, in a remission, his son is styled George Seton, but in the following writ he and his brothers are named Gordons. From 1457, he is styled George, Lord Gordon, until he succeeded his father in 1470 and also took the title, George, 2nd Earl of Huntly (d 1500). In 1599, on the occasion of the baptism of King James' daughter, George, 6th Earl of Huntly, was created Marquess of Huntly, Earl of Enzie, Lord Gordon and Badenoch. In 1681, George, 9th Earl and 4th Marquess of Huntly (d 1716), was created Duke of Gordon, Marquess of Huntly, Earl of Huntly and Enzie, Viscount of Inverness, Lord Badenoch, Lochaber, Strathaven, Balmore, Auchindoun, Garthie and Kincardine. On the death of George, 5th Duke of Gordon, 13th Earl and 8th Marquess of Huntly (1770-1821), the dukedom of Gordon and other titles created in 1684, as well as the earldom of Norwich and the barony of Gordon of Huntly created in 1781, became extinct. The barony of Mordaunt fell into abeyance and the marquessate of Huntly devolved upon his fourth cousin once removed, George, 14th Earl and 9th Marquess of Huntly.
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