|Charles, fourth Earl of Aboyne, succeeded his father
1732. His Lordship devoted his life to the improvement of
his estates, in which he was eminently successful, obtaining the respect and esteem of his tenants and neighbours.
The Earl died in St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh, 28
December 1794, in his sixty-eighth year. He married, first,
at Edinburgh, 22 April 1759, Margaret, daughter of Alexander Stewart, Earl of Galloway. She died 12 August 1762. By her he had issue:-
- 1. Charles, fifth earl.
- 2. Catherine, died young.
- 3. Margaret, married 5 May 1783 to William Beckford
of Fonthill-Gifford, county Wilts, and died 26 May
1786, aged twenty-three, leaving two daughters. He married, secondly, at London, 23 April 1774, Mary,
daughter of James Douglas, Earl of Morton, and Agatha
his wife, daughter of James Halyburton of Pitcur, by whom
he had a son. She died 25 December 1816.
- 4. Douglas Gordon, born in St. Marylebone 10 October
1777, who succeeded to the estate of Pitcur, and
assumed the name and arms of Halyburton of Pitcur.
He entered the army and served with the Royal Scots,
the 113th Regiment and 3rd Foot Guards; served
with the Archduke Charles, and brought home despatches from Colonel Crawford 4 July 1796. Assistant
quartermaster-general with the rank of major 9 June
1803. By royal warrant, dated 24 June 1836, he was
granted the precedence due to the younger son of a
Marquess. He married, 16 July 1807, at Dublin, Louisa,
daughter and heir of Sir Edward Leslie of Tarbert,
County Kerry, and died 15 December 1841.