George Gordon, 3rd Earl of Aberdeen

George, third Earl of Aberdeen, was born 19 and baptized at Methlic 20 June 1722, and was served heir to his father 11 July 1746. He was elected a representative peer for Scotland 1747-84. By his wife Catherine, daughter of Oswald Hanson of Wakelield, county York (whom he married before 22 August 1759, and who died 15 March 1817, aged eighty-four, and was buried at Methlic) he had issue:-
  • 1. George, Lord Haddo, born 28 January 1764. He married 18 June 1782 in the parish of St. Giles, Edinburgh, Charles, youngest daughter of William Baird of Newbyth (who died at Clifton 8 October 1793), and by her had issue:-
    • (1) GEORGE, fourth Earl of Aberdeen.
    • (2) William, born 18 December 1784, entered the Royal Navy 1797, and became vice-admiral, commander in chief at the Nore 1864-7, a lord of the Admiralty 1841-6, M.P. for Aberdeenshire 1820-54. Died unmarried 3 February 1858 at Exmouth, county Devon, and there buried.
    • (3) Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Alexander Gordon, K.C.B., served as aide-de-camp to his uncle Sir David Baird, G.C.B., at the Cape of Good Hope and in Spain, also to the Duke of Wellington in the Peninsula and at Waterloo, where he was mortally wounded and died in the Duke's quarters. Obelisks to his memory stand at Waterloo and at Haddo House.
    • (4) Sir Charles Gordon, K.C.B., Lieutenant-Colonel of the Forty-Second Highlanders, born 5 July 1790, died 30 September 1835 at Geneva.
    • (5) Right Honourable Sir Robert Gordon, G.C.B., G.C.H., of the Diplomatic Service. He was Envoy Extraordinary to the Brazils 1826, and in the same year sworn of the Privy Council, Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire 1828, and to the Empire of Austria 1841-7. He was created G.C.B. 1829. Sir Robert was lessee of the estate of Balmoral, where he died 8 October 1847, and was buried at Methlic. Balmoral Castle was afterwards bought by Queen Victoria.
    • (6) Admiral John Gordon, R.N., born in 1790, died 8 November 1869 in London, and was buried at Kensal Green.
    • (7) Alicia, born in 1787. Had the precedence of an earl's daughter granted to her by royal warrant 2 January 1813. She was lady in waiting to H.R.H. Princess Sophia Matilda of Gloucester. She died unmarried 24 April 1847 in London, and was buried at Kensal Green.
    • Lord Haddo died v. p. 2 October 1791, and was buried at Methlic.
  • 2. William of Ellon. Died 19 March 1845. Buried at Boulogne.
  • 3. Catherine, died unmarried at Traquair 30 September 1784.
  • 3. Anne, married, 5 July 1787, 1 to Edward Place of Skelton Grange, Yorks., one of the earl's executors, and had issue.
  • 4. Susan, died unmarried 26 July 1795.
  • 5. Mary, married, 12 March 1789, to Thomas Horton of Howroyde Hall, Yorkshire. She died August 1852, and was buried at Rippenden. He died 22 December 1829. They left issue.
Earl George died at Ellon House 13 August 1801, cet. eighty, and was succeeded by his grandson.
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