Earls of Aboyne (1660)
1st Earl of Aboyne, Charles Gordon, b.1638, a.1660, d.1681
Younger son of George Gordon, 2nd Marquess of Huntly and Lady Anne Campbell, daughter of Archibald Campbell, 7th Earl of Argyll. He was created 1st Earl of Aboyne and 1st Lord Gordon of Strathavon and Glenlivet in 1660 for supporting the Royalist cause during the Civil Wars.
2nd Earl of Aboyne, Charles Gordon, b.1669, a.1681, d.1702
Son of the 1st Earl and Elizabeth Lyon, daughter of John Lyon, 2nd Earl of Kinghorne. In 1698, in order to take a seat in the House of Lords, he converted from Catholicism to Protestantism.
3rd Earl of Aboyne, John Gordon, b.b.1702, a.1702, d.1732
Son of the 2nd Earl and Elizabeth Lyon (b.?, d.1739), daughter Patrick Lyon, 3rd Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.
4th Earl of Aboyne, Charles Gordon, b.1726, a.1732, d.1794
Son of the 3rd Earl and Grace Lockhart (b.?, d.1738), grand-daughter of Alexander Montgomerie, 9th Earl of Eglinton. He is noted for improving agricultural techniques within his small estates to such an extent that he paid off the sizeable debts accrued by his father.
5th Earl of Aboyne, George Gordon, b.1761, a.1794, d.1853
Son of the 4th Earl and Lady Margaret Stewart (b.?, d.1762), daughter of Alexander Stewart, 6th Earl of Galloway. He joined the army and reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in 1789 in the Coldstream Guards, and was popular at the French Court of Louis XIV, attracting the attention of Marie Antoinette. He left the army in 1792 and after succeeding his father he became a Representative Peer, and held that position from 1796 to 1815, when he was created 1st Baron Meldrum of Morven in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. He was created a Knight of the Thistle in 1827 and was Aide-de-Camp to King William IV from 1830 to 1837 and for Queen Victoria from 1835 to 1853. He inherited the title of 9th Marquess of Huntly as direct heir-male in 1836 after petitioning the House of Lords.
For a continuation of this line, please transfer to the Huntly page.
(Last updated: 05/01/2011)