Aberdeen, Gordon, Earl of

An account of the origin of the House of Gordon is more properly given in the article on the Earldom and Marquessate of Huntly, for the Earls of Huntly were undoubtedly accepted as chiefs by all the Gordons in Scotland, notwithstanding that their ancestor was a Seton, who married the heiress of Gordon. There are several families whose ancestry can be traced to a period anterior to the Seton marriage, but their precise affiliation to the parent stem cannot yet be proved. Crawford in his Lives of the Officers of State, states a pedigree of the Gordons of Methlic, now Earls of Aberdeen, which has apparently no other authority than genealogical charts in his possession. It is, however, certain that Elizabeth, heiress of Gordon, who married Alexander Seton, had two uncles, John and Thomas, whose legitimacy has always been in dispute, and from one or other of them most of the North Country Gordons have usually claimed descent.

In a MS. volume of some collections of the antiquary George Chalmers, in the possession of the writer, the precise origin of the Gordons of Methlic is stated to be as follows:-

John Gordon, 1st of Essie
son:
James Gordon, of Methlic
successor:
Patrick Gordon, 1st of Methlic
successor:
James Gordon, 2nd of Methlic
son:
Patrick Gordon, 3rd of Methlic
son:
George Gordon, Master of Methlic
son:
James Gordon, 4th of Methlic
son:
Patrick Gordon, Master of Methlic
son:
James Gordon, 1st of Haddo
son:
George Gordon, Master of Haddo
son:
John Gordon, 1st Baronet of Haddo
son:
John Gordon, 2nd Baronet of Haddo
brother:
George Gordon, 1st Earl of Aberdeen
son:
William Gordon, 2nd Earl of Aberdeen
son:
George Gordon, 3rd Earl of Aberdeen
son:
George Gordon, Lord Haddo
son:
George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen
son:
George John James Hamilton-Gordon, 5th Earl of Aberdeen
son:
George Hamilton-Gordon, 6th Earl of Aberdeen
brother:
John Campbell Hamilton-Gordon, 7th Earl of Aberdeen