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George Gordon, 9th Marquess of Huntly

George Gordon, Marquess of Huntly

George Gordon, 9th Marquess of Huntly, KT (28 June 1761 – 17 June 1853), styled Lord Strathavon until 1795 and known as The Earl of Aboyne from 1795 to 1836, was a Scottish peer.[1]


Huntly was the son of Charles Gordon, 4th Earl of Aboyne, and Margaret, daughter of Alexander Stewart, 6th Earl of Galloway. After succeeding to the title of Earl of Aboyne in 1794 after the death of his father, he also succeeded to the title of Marquess of Huntly after his distant cousin, the 5th Duke of Gordon, died in 1836.

Orton Hall, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (now a hotel) was the seat of the Marquess of Huntly.

Huntly was a keen cricketer who made four known appearances in first-class matches from 1785 to 1792 (he was styled Lord Strathavon on the scorecards). He was a member of the White Conduit Club and an early member of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), but he was mainly associated with Surrey.[2]

From 1796 to 1806 he was Colonel in Chief to the 92nd Highlanders (Gordon Highlanders) and from 1806 to 1820 was Colonel in Chief to the 42nd Highlanders (Black Watch).[3]


On 4 April 1791, he married Catherine Cope, daughter of Sir Charles Cope, 2nd Baronet, and they had nine children:


  1. ^ "Gordon, George (1761-1853)" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  2. ^ Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744–1826), Lillywhite, 1862
  3. ^ Scottish Highlands: Highland Clans and Regiments
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 October 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Masonic offices
Preceded by
Earl of Dalkeith
Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of Scotland

Succeeded by
The Earl of Dalhousie
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
George Gordon
Marquess of Huntly
Succeeded by
Charles Gordon
Preceded by
Charles Gordon
Earl of Aboyne
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Meldrum
Succeeded by
Charles Gordon