|Lord Charles Gordon,
fourth son of George,
second Marquess of
Huntly, was by patent to
himself and the heirs-male
of his body, dated 10 September 1660, created
EARL OF ABOYNE and
LORD OF STRATHAVEN and GLENLIVET.
He had charters from King
Charles II., on 14 April
1662 and 19 November
1676, incorporating the
lands and lordships of
Aboyne, Glentanner, and
others into an earldom.
As one of the trustees of his nephew George, fourth Marquess of Huntly, he was able by 1665 to effect a general
settlement of the family affairs which had been in a very
confused and unsatisfactory state, and he continued to
manage them up to the time of his death in 1681. He
was a person of some literary accomplishments, and his
poems, though little known, are said to be not without
merit. He resided much in London at the court of
Charles II., of whom he was an ardent supporter.
He married, first, Margaret, daughter of Alexander
Irvine of Drum, called 'Bonnie Peggie Irvine,' who died
in December 1662. By her he had a daughter:-
He married, secondly, contract dated 28 August 1665,
Elizabeth Lyon, daughter of John, Earl of Kinghorn;
contract confirmed under the Great Seal 26 January 1666.
By her he had issue:-
- 1. Ann, served heir to her mother 17 June 1665.
- 2. Charles, second Earl of Aboyne.
- 3. George.
- 4. John, who died at Edinburgh 22 July 1762.
- 5. Elizabeth, married (contract dated 2 and 10 January
1685), to John Mackenzie, second son of George, first
Earl of Cromarty. (See that title.) She was divorced
28 July 1698. There was no issue.