Charles Gordon, 1st Earl of Aboyne

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:-
  • 1. Ann, served heir to her mother 17 June 1665.
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:-
  • 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.


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