John Gordon, 1st Baronet of Haddo

John, who was retoured heir general to his grandfather, 11 May 1630, and had charter of novodamus of the lands and barony of Haddo, 4 July 1636. He was appointed next in command to the Marquess of Huntly over the forces raised to oppose the Covenanters, and was present at the action at Turreff, 1639. He joined the Royal Standard at Newark in 1642, and, after being engaged in several operations, was sent to Scotland as Lieutenant under George, Marquess of Huntly.

He was created by King Charles by letters patent, dated at York, 13 August 1642, a Knight Baronet of Scotland, with remainder to the heirs male of his body. The Marquess of Huntly and Sir John Gordon were excommunicated by the General Assembly, 14 April 1644. Sir John was besieged in his house of Kellie in May following, and the garrison failing him, had to surrender to Argyll and a large force. The fine 'Place of Kellie,' a sumptuously furnished house was completely destroyed, and the surrounding country devastated. He was taken prisoner to Edinburgh and was indicted for high treason. He produced the King's Commission and pleaded the Act of Pacification, but without avail. The Estates of Parliament passed an Act, 29 June 1644, having retrospective effect, and Sir John was arraigned, found guilty, and forfeited. He was thereupon executed, com- mending his soul to God, and his six children to His Majesty's care, confessing his sins, but denying that he had transgressed the laws of his country. In the subse- quent patent of the Earldom of Aberdeen his services and death are narrated at length 'so that it may be very justly said that he died a Martyr for us and our Crown.'

Sir John married Janet, daughter of William Forbes of Tolquhoun, and had issue:-
  • 1. John, second Baronet.
  • 2. Patrick, died s.p.m.
  • 3. George, third Baronet and Earl of Aberdeen.
  • 4. Charles.
  • 5. James, of Saphak, which lands he had from his eldest brother, and resigned to the Earl, 20 March 1683.
  • 6. Jean, married (contract dated . . . 1655), John Forbes of Waterton.
  • 7. Jonet, contracted 8 November 1659 to George Morrison of Barrak.
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