Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon, Cock o' the North

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Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon

Also Known As: "Marquess of Huntly", "Cock o' the North"
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Birthplace: Gordon Castle, Fochabars, Morayshire, Scotland
Death: Died in London, Middlesex, England
Place of Burial: Elgin Cathedral, Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Cosmo George Gordon, 3rd Duke of Gordon and Lady Catherine Gordon
Husband of Jane Gordon, Duchess of Gordon and Jane Gordon
Father of Charlotte Lennox, Duchess of Richmond; General George Gordon, 5th Duke of Gordon; Lady Madeline of Gordon; Susan Montagu, Duchess of Manchester; Louisa Cornwallis, Marchioness Cornwallis and 2 others
Brother of Susan Fane, Countess of Westmorland; Vice-Admiral Lord William Gordon; Anne Chalmers; Catherine Gordon and Lord George Gordon

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About Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon, Cock o' the North

Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon KT (18 June 1743 – 17 June 1827), styled Marquess of Huntly until 1752, was a Scottish nobleman, described by Kaimes as the "greatest subject in Britain", and was also known as the Cock o' the North, the traditional epithet attached to the chief of the Gordon clan.

He was created a Knight of the Thistle, 29 May 1687,

He raised the 92nd (Gordon Highlanders) Regiment of Foot in 1794 for the French Revolutionary Wars. He was responsible for establishing the new village of Fochabers as well as those of Tomintoul and Portgordon in Banffshire. He is also credited as the founder of the Gordon Setter breed of dog, having popularised a 200-year-old breed during the 18th century and then formalised its breed standard in 1820.

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Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon, Cock o' the North's Timeline

1743
June 18, 1743
Fochabars, Morayshire, Scotland
June 21, 1743
Bellie, Morayshire, Scotland
1767
October 23, 1767
Age 24
Ayton, Berwickshire, Scotland
1768
September 20, 1768
Age 25
Gordon Castle, Banffshire, Morayshire, Scotland
1770
February 2, 1770
Age 26
Edinburgh, Edinburghshire, Scotland
1772
June 10, 1772
Age 28
Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
1774
February 2, 1774
Age 30
Gordon Castle, Fochabers, Bellie, Moray, Scotland
1776
September 12, 1776
Age 33
Gordon Castle, Banffshire, England
1781
April 18, 1781
Age 37
Gordon Castle, Banffshire, Morayshire, Scotland
1785
November 8, 1785
Age 42
Edinburgh, Scotland