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Adam Gordon (de Gordon), Lord of Gordon

Birthplace: Huntley Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Wooler, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Cause of death: Died at the Battle of Homildon Hill
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Gordon of Huntly and Elizabeth de Gordon
Husband of Elizabeth Keith of Aboyne & Cluny
Father of John Gordon; Elizabeth Seton; (No Name) and Margaret Keith of Aboyne & Cluny
Brother of John Gordon, of Essie; Robert de Gordon; Alexander de Gordon; Roger de Gordon and Mary de Gordon

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About Sir Adam Gordon, Lord of Gordon

Sir Adam de Gordon, Lord of Gordon (died 1402) was a 14th-century Scottish baron.


He was son and heir of Sir John de Gordon, knight, Lord of Gordon, and his wife Elizabeth Cruickshanks. When George I, Earl of March defected to England Sir Adam Gordon was given the superiority of his lands of Gordon and Fogo, raising him to the baronage, and at the same time made warden of the east marches.

Gordon was also in the division of the Scottish army which, under the young James Douglas, Earl of Douglas, invaded Northumberland in 1388, ending with the battle of Otterburn on 19 August, where Douglas with many other Scottish noblemen was killed.

On 18 June the same year King Robert II of Scotland granted him a charter confirming to him and to his heirs the lands of Strathbogie given to Sir Adam de Gordon by King Robert de Bruce.

Gordon was included in the grand army with which, in 1402, Archibald Douglas the Earl of Douglas invaded England. Though watched by Henry Percy, the Earl of Northumberland and his son Hotspur, the Scots penetrated without hindrance to the gates of Newcastle. They had reached Wooler on their homeward journey when the approach of an English army forced them to take up a position upon Homildon Hill. They became impatient under the discharge of the English arrows. Sir John de Swynton, with whom Gordon had been at feud, called impatiently for a charge. Gordon fell on his knees, begged Swynton's forgiveness, and was knighted on the spot by his reconciled enemy. They charged the English at the head of a hundred horsemen, and inflicted much slaughter, but were overpowered and slain.


About 1380 Sir Adam Gordon married Elizabeth Keith, daughter of William Keith, Marischal of Scotland and his wife Margaret Fraser. Together they had:

John Gordon, succeeded his father but died before 7 March 1407–8 without issue.

Elizabeth Gordon, married Alexander Seton, son of Sir William Seton of Seton; succeeding her brother John to their father's honors.


Succeeded his brother.

Sir Adam Gordon of that Ilk married Elizabeth Keith, Lady of Aboyne, daughter of Sir William Keith and Margaret Fraser.3 He died in 1402 at Homildon Hill, Scotland, killed in action.3

Sir Adam Gordon, Kt. of Huntly. being slain at the Battle of Homildon 1402, was succeeded by his daughter Elizabeth, wife of Alexander Seton, who in conjunction with her husband obtained in 1408 from Robert Duke of Albany, a charter of the Baronies of Gordon and Huntly with remainder to their joint heirs and to the heirs of Elizabeth.

    He was the son of John Gordon and Elizabeth (?).2 He fought in the Battle of Homildon Hill in 1402.3

Children of Sir Adam Gordon of that Ilk and Elizabeth Keith

   Elizabeth Gordon+4 d. 16 Mar 1438/39
   John Gordon2 d. 1407


   [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 1285. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
   [S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 2, page 2011.
   [S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 3, page 3426.
   [S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 1, page 11.
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Sir Adam Gordon, Lord of Gordon's Timeline

Huntley Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
August 2, 1381
Age 20
Huntly, Berwickshire, Scotland
Age 23
Huntley Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
September 14, 1402
Age 41
Wooler, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
September 1402
Age 41