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Alexander Gordon of Abergeldie

Birthdate: (35)
Birthplace: Scotland, (Present UK)
Death: 1594 (30-38)
Scotland, (Present UK) (Died shortly after the Battle of Glenlivet, in which he took part.)
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Husband of Janet Gordon (Irvine)
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Father of Catherine Gordon and Alexander Gordon, 5th of Aberdalgie

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From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on Alexander Gordon, 4th of Abergeldie:

Alexander Gordon, 4th of Abergeldie [1]

  • M, #59236,
  • d. 1594
  • Last Edited=26 Jul 2010

Alexander Gordon, 4th of Abergeldie married Janet Irvine, daughter of Alexander Irvine of Lonmay.[1]

He died in 1594.[1]

He was the son of James Gordon, 3rd of Abergeldie and Janet Leith.[1]

He fought in the Battle of Glenlivet in 1594, fighting for the !st Marquess of Huntly.[1]

Children of Alexander Gordon, 4th of Abergeldie and Janet Irvine

  • 1. Alexander Gordon, 5th of Abergeldie [1] d. 1601
  • 2. Marjory Gordon [1]
  • 3. William Gordon, 6th of Abergeldie+[1] d. 1630

Child of Alexander Gordon, 4th of Abergeldie

  • 1. Catherine Gordon+[1]


  • 1. [S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 24. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

From the English Wikipedia page on the Battle of Glenlivet - he may or may not have died as a result of injuries sustained in this battle:

The Battle of Glenlivet was fought on 3 October 1594 near Allanreid and Morinsh in Scotland.[1]


This battle is often seen as a religious conflict, and was fought by the Catholic forces of the George Gordon, 1st Marquess of Huntly and Francis Hay, 9th Earl of Erroll, who were victorious over the Protestant forces of Archibald Campbell, 7th Earl of Argyll.

The Earl of Huntly's forces consisted of 2,000 Highlanders from Clan Gordon, Clan Hay, Clan Comyn, Clan Cameron.

The Earl of Argyll's forces consisted of 10,000 Highlanders from Clan Campbell, Clan Murray, Clan Stewart, Clan Forbes, Clan Macgillivray, Clan Maclean, Clan Grant, and the Chattan Confederation of Clan Mackintosh, and Clan MacNeil.[2]

When the decree of 12 November 1593 came out, by which Catholics were ordered to give up their faith or leave the country, Huntly refused to obey. His continued resistance culminated in the battle of Glenlivet, when, accompanied by the Earl of Errol, he engaged Argyll's army at Altnachoylachan. Like the soldiers of Bruce at Bannockburn, Huntly's retainers prepared for battle by confession and communion. Mass was said at Auchindoun for them by Father Gordon, S.J., before they set out on their march through Glenrinnes ; their weapons were sprinkled with holy water, and a cross placed on their armour symbolised that they fought in defence of the Cross of Christ.†

The Earl of Huntly's force of 2,000 men routed the Earl of Argyll's force of 10,000. Huntly's victory was a dramatic victory of horse and artillery over irregular infantry.

The location of the battlefield is: 57.348964° N 3.251002° W, approximately 5 km East of Glenlivet.


  • 1. ^ Peter Hume Brown (1911). History of Scotland: From the accession of Mary Stewart to the Revolution of .... "Before the arrival of James in the north, Argyle had met Huntly and Errol at Glenlivet in BanrTshire (Oct. 4). Argyle's army was greatly superior in numbers, but to his Highland infantry in their plaids and bonnets were opposed a strong body of cavalry armed with lances and clothed in mail. Treachery in Argyle's ranks gave another advantage to the enemy; and, though the accounts of the action are somewhat conflicting, Argyle appears to have sustained a severe defeat ..."
  • 2. ^ MacKinnon, Charles. Scottish Highlanders. Barnes and Noble Publishing. 1995.
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Scotland, (Present UK)
Age 35
Scotland, (Present UK)