George Gordon, Viscount Aboyne

By letters patent, dated at Whitehall 20 April 1632, reciting the death of Viscount Melgum without heirs-male of his body, George, Lord Gordon, eldest son of the first Marquess of Huntly, was created VISCOUNT ABOYNE for the life of his father with remainder on his own death or succession to the Marquessate to his second son James and his heirs-male bearing the name and arms of Gordon.

In terms of this patent Lord James ultimately became Viscount Aboyne. He took the field for King Charles, but was defeated by Montrose then fighting on the side of the Covenant at Bridge of Dee 19 June 1639. He afterwards served under Montrose when the latter embraced the Royalist cause, but his conduct was ever capricious, and he more than once failed his leader at critical moments, while his defection from him before the battle of Philiphaugh ruined the cause in Scotland. 3 On 24 April 1644 he was excommunicated by the General Assembly at Edinburgh. On 11 February 1645 decree of forfeiture was pronounced against him in Parliament, and he was afterwards excepted from an Act of Pardon. Escaping to France in 1648 he died in Paris the following year, it is said from grief at the execution of the King. He was unmarried.


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