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George Gordon

Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Sutherland, Scotland
Death: October 20, 1576 (37-45)
Strathbogie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (After a day of hunting, fell faint during the second kick of a ball in a football game, and likely expired of apoplexy at around 6 or 7 in the evening.)
Place of Burial: Elgin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of George Gordon, 4th Earl of Huntly and Elizabeth Keith
Husband of Anne Hamilton, Countess of Huntly
Father of George Gordon 1st Marquess of Huntly; Alexander Gordon, of Strathdon; Lady Jean Sinclair (Gordon); Elizabeth Gordon; William Gordon, Franciscan brother and 1 other
Brother of Alexander Gordon; John Gordon of Ogilvy; Lady Elizabeth Gordon; Jean Gordon; Adam Gordon, of Auchindoun and 6 others

Occupation: 5th Earl of Huntly
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About George Gordon, 5th Earl of Huntly

See in Media section painting Representation of George Gordon, Marquess of Huntly (1770-1836) in formal Highland dress , including the modern form of the Scottish Dirk (circa 1820). Added by Janet Milburn 4/26/18


Lord Chancellor of Scotland and a major conspirator of his time, according to Wikipedia.

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Second son of the 4th Earl, he was Sheriff of Inverness from 1556. He was, however, attainted and sentenced to death for treason in 1563. He was imprisoned at Dunbar castle until the marriage of Mary, Queen of Scots, to Darnley in 1565, when his lands and dignities were nominally restored.

He allied himself with James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, who was married to his sister Jean, and joined Queen Mary at Dunbar after Rizzio's murder in 1566. He became Lord Chancellor of Scotland in 1567, and joined Bothwell in the plot to murder the Regent Moray at Jedburgh. He signed the bond at Craigmillar Castle for Darnley's murder, and accompanied Bothwell and Mary on the visit to Darnley before his murder.

His estates were fully restored after Bothwell's acquittal in 1567. Bothwell's divorce from his sister was facilitated by his influence over her, and he witnessed the marriage contract between Mary and Bothwell. He connived at the capture of the Queen, and accompanied her to Edinburgh, escaping to the north after her flight. He joined the partisans at Dumbarton Castle, and after a temporary agreement with Moray he conspired for her deliverance from Loch Leven castle in 1567. After the Queen's escape to England in 1568, he held all the north in alliance with Argyll, but received Mary's order to disperse. After a temporary submission he gained possession of Edinburgh Castle, held a parliament, captured the Regent Lennox at Stirling and, in 1572, came to terms with the Regent Morton.

He married Anne, daughter of James Hamilton, Duke of Châtellerault and had a daughter Jean, and his successor, George Gordon, 6th Earl of Huntly.

From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on George Gordon:

George Gordon, 5th Earl of Huntly [1]

  • M, #20728,
  • d. 19 October 1576
  • Last Edited=25 Apr 2011
  • Consanguinity Index=1.86%

George Gordon, 5th Earl of Huntly was the son of George Gordon, 4th Earl of Huntly and Elizabeth Keith.[1]

He married Lady Anne Hamilton, daughter of James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran and Lady Margaret Douglas, circa 12 March 1558.[1]

He died on 19 October 1576, from a seizure following a football game.[1]

On 8 February 1562/63 he was found guilty of treason, and narrowly escaped a death sentence.1 He held the office of Lord Chancellor [Scotland] from March 1564/65 to 1567.1 He succeeded to the title of 5th Earl of Huntly [S., 1445] in 1567, after being restored to this title.[1]

He has an extensive biographical entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.[2]


Child of George Gordon, 5th Earl of Huntly

  • 1. Alexander Gordon of Strathdon [1]

Children of George Gordon, 5th Earl of Huntly and Lady Anne Hamilton

  • 1. Lady Jean Gordon+[2] d. a 29 Dec 1615
  • 2. George Gordon, 1st Marquess of Huntly+[3] b. c 1563, d. 13 Jun 1636


  • 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 1336. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 2. [S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 3. [S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 2, page 2012.
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George Gordon, 5th Earl of Huntly's Timeline

Sutherland, Scotland
Age 28
Huntley, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Age 30
Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Age 34
Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
October 20, 1576
Age 41
Strathbogie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Age 41
Elgin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom