The early generations of the Gordon family are a bit vague in many of the sources., though it seems clear that the many branches of the family descend from one Sir Adam Gordon. Among the most important branches are the Gordons of Lochinvar, Viscounts Kenmure; the Gordons of Haddo, Earls of Aberdeen; and the Gordons of Pitlurg. This page will deal only with the branch of the Earls and Marquesses of Huntly, Dukes of Gordon, who are actually descended from the Setons in the male line.



Alexander Seton, son of William Seton, of that Ilk, married in 1408 Elizabeth, daughter of John Gordon, of Gordon and Huntly. Inheriting these important Gordon lands, he is sometimes considered to have been created Lord Gordon. He died 1440/1, and she on 16 Mar 1439. [Alexander was great-uncle of the 1st Lord Seton.] They had issue:


1a) Alexander Seton, later [ca 1457] Gordon, cr 1444/5 Earl of Huntly (d.Huntly 15 Jul 1470); m.1st ca 1427 (annulled) Gille Hay; m.2nd Elizabeth Crichton; the children of 2nd marriage all took surname Gordon, while the son of the 1st remained a Seton


1b) [by 1st m.]: Sir Alexander Seton, of Touch issue


2b) [by 2nd m.]: George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly (d.Stirling 1501); m.1st (div) Elizabeth Dunbar, Dowager Countess of Moray; m.2nd (div 1471) Pss Annabel of Scotland; m.3rd 1471 Elizabeth Hay


[by 1st m.]:


1c) Alexander, 3rd Earl of Huntly (d.Perth 21 Jan 1524); m.1st Lady Janet Stewart (d.Strathbogie 27 Oct 1510); m.2nd 1511 Elizabeth, Lady Glamis, ne Gray (d.1526)


1d) George


2d) John, Lord Gordon (d.Abbey of Kinloss 5 Dec 1517); m.Nov 1512 Margaret Stewart, illegitimate dau. of King James IV


1e) George, 4th Earl of Huntly (1513-Corrichie 22 Oct 1562); m.27 Mar 1530 Lady Elizabeth Keith


1f) Alexander, Lord Gordon (d.Edinburgh 1552/3); m.ca 1546 Lady Barbara Hamilton


2f) George, 5th Earl of Huntly (d.Strathbogie 19 Oct 1576); m.1558/9 Lady Anne Hamilton


1g) George, 6th Earl of Huntly, cr 1599 Marquess of Huntly, Earl of Enzie, and Lord Gordon of Badenoch (ca 1563-Dundee 13 Jun 1636); m.Holyrood 21 Jul 1588 Lady Henrietta Stuart (France 1573-France 2 Sep 1642)


1h) George, 2nd Marquess of Huntly (beheaded at Edinburgh 22 Mar 1649); m.1607 Lady Anne Douglas (1594-Aberdeen 14 Jun 1638)


1i) George, Lord Gordon (k.a.Alford 2 Jul 1645)


2i) James, Viscount Aboyne (d.Paris Feb 1649)


3i) Lewis, 3rd Marquess of Huntly (d.Dec 1653); m.Oct 1644 Mary Grant (fl 1707)


1j) GEORGE, 4th Marquess of Huntly, cr 1684 Duke of Gordon, Marquess of Huntly, Earl of Huntly and Enzie, etc. (1649-Leith 7 Dec 1716); m.Oct 1676 Lady Elizabeth Howard (d.Edinburgh 16 Jul 1732)


1k) ALEXANDER, 2nd Duke of Gordon, etc. (ca 1678-28 Nov 1728); m.ca 1707 Lady Henrietta Mordaunt (d.Prestonhall 11 Oct 1760)


1l) Alexander, bur 7 Jan 1711


2l) COSMO GEORGE, 3rd Duke of Gordon (ca 1721-Breteuil 5 Aug 1752); m.Dunkeld 3 Sep 1741 Lady Catherine Gordon (20 Oct 1718-10 Dec 1779)


1m) ALEXANDER, 4th Duke of Gordon, cr 1784 Earl of Norwich and Baron Gordon of Huntly (1743-London 17 Jun 1827); m.1st Ayton 23 Oct 1767 Jane Maxwell (Edinburgh 1748-London 14 Apr 1812); m.2nd Jul 1820 Jane Christie (d.17 Jun 1824), by whom he had had four children before marriage, including Catherine, m.1813 John Anderson


1n) Charlotte (Gordon Castle 20 Sep 1768-London 5 May 1842); m.Gordon Castle 9 Sep 1789 Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond and Lennox (9 Sep 1764-Canada 28 Aug 1818); their issue succeeded to Gordon Castle, added the surname Gordon, and were cr Dukes of Gordon


2n) GEORGE, 5th Duke of Gordon (Edinburgh 2 Feb 1770-London 28 May 1836); m.11 Dec 1813 Elizabeth Brodie (London 20 Jun 1794-Huntly Lodge, Strathbogie 31 Jan 1864)


3n) Madelina (1772-1 Jun 1847); m.1st 2 Apr 1789 Sir Robert Sinclair, Bt (d.4 Aug 1795); m.2nd 25 Nov 1805 Charles Fyshe Palmer, of Luckley Park (d.24 Jan 1843)


4n) Susan (2 Feb 1774-Bedfont Lodge 26 Aug 1828); m.7 Oct 1793 William Montagu, 5th Duke of Manchester (London 21 Oct 1771-Rome 18 Mar 1843)


5n) Louisa (12 Sep 1776-5 Dec 1850); m.17 Apr 1797 Charles Cornwallis, 2nd Marquess Cornwallis


6n) Georgiana (Gordon Castle 18 Jul 1781-Nice 24 Feb 1853); m.23 Jun 1803 John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford (6 Jul 1766, d.Doune of Rothiemurchus 20 Oct 1839)


7n) Alexander (Edinburgh 8 Nov 1785-Edinburgh 8 Jan 1808)


2m) William (York 15 Aug 1744-1823); m.13 Feb 1781 [or 1 Mar 1781, per Scots Peerage] Hon. Frances Irvine (d.29 Sep 1841)


1n) Frances Isabella Kerr (6 Mar 1782-2 Sep 1831)


3m) Susan (d.London 11 Dec 1814); m.1st London 28 May 1767 John Fane, 9th Earl of Westmorland (5 May 1728-25 Apr 1774); m.2nd London 28 Dec 1778 John Woodford (d.Edinburgh 18 Apr 1800)


4m) Anne (London 16 Mar 1748-17 Jan 1792, or 7 Jun 1816, per Scots Peerage); m.1782 Rev. Alexander Chalmers


5m) Catherine (London 26 Jan 1751-Boyndie 3 Jan 1797); m.Thomas Booker


6m) George (25 Dec 1751-1 Nov 1793); for whom the Gordon Riots are named


3l) Charles (d.Bainfield, Edinburgh 26 Apr 1780)


3l) Lewis (d.Montreuil 15 Jun [Jul?] 1754)


4l) Adam (ca 1726-13 Aug 1801); m.2 Sep 1767 Jane, Dowager Duchess of Atholl, ne Drummond; he had a nat. dau


5l) Henrietta (d.Brompton 14 Feb 1789)


6l) Mary (d.Edinburgh 26 Jul 1782)


7l) Anne (d.Edinburgh 22 Jun 1791); m.9 Dec 1729 William Gordon, 2nd Earl of Aberdeen (1679-Edinburgh 30 Mar 1745)


8l) Elizabeth, d.1769; m. Rev. John Skelly


9l) Jean (d.Edinburgh 17 Jan 1792)


10l) Catherine (d.Edinburgh 21 Jan 1786); m.Preston Hall 13 Sep 1745 Francis Charteris, known as Earl of Wemyss (21 Oct 1723-Gosford 24 Aug 1808)


11l) Charlotte


2k) Jane, d.Stobhall 30 Jan 1773; m.1706 Hon. James Drummond, titular 2nd Duke of Perth (d.Paris 6 Apr 1720)


2j) Anne; m.Sir Miles Crouly “Cte de Crolly


3j) Mary (d.St.Germain-en-Laye 1726); m.1st 1667 Adam Urquhart, of Meldrum (1635-Edinburgh 10 Nov 1684); m.2nd ca Jan 1686 James Drummond, 4th Earl of Perth, Jacobite Duke of Perth (7 Jul 1648-St.Germain-en-Laye 11 May 1716)


4j) Jean; m.James Seton, 4th Earl of Dunfermline (d.St.Germain-en-Laye 26 Dec 1694)


4i) Charles, cr 1660 Earl of Aboyne and Lord Gordon of Strathavon and Glenlivet (d.Mar 1681); m.1st Margaret Irvine (d.Dec 1662); m.2nd ca 1665 Lady Elizabeth Lyon


1j) [ex 1] Ann


2j) [ex 2] Charles, 2nd Earl of Aboyne (d.Apr 1702); m.Lady Elizabeth Lyon (d.Jan 1739)


1k) John, 3rd Earl of Aboyne (d.Charlton-Aboyne 7 Apr 1732); m.20 Jun 1724 Grace Lockhart (d.Darnaway 17 Nov 1738)


1l) Charles, 4th Earl of Aboyne (ca 1726-Edinburgh 28 Dec 1794); m.1st Edinburgh 22 Apr 1759 Lady Margaret Stewart (d.Aboyne Castle 12 Aug 1762); m.2nd London 14 May 1774 Lady Mary Douglas (d.Edinburgh 25 Dec 1816)


1m) George, 5th Earl of Aboyne, 9th Marquess of Huntly (Edinburgh 28 Jun 1761-London 17 Jun 1853); m.Stepney 4 Apr 1791 Catherine Anne Cope (1771-16 Nov 1832)


1n) Charles, 10th Marquess of Huntly (Orton 4 Jan 1792-Orton 18 Sep 1863); m.1st Royal Lodge, Windsor 20 Mar 1826 Lady Elizabeth Henrietta Conyngham (16 Feb 1799-Orton 24 Aug 1839); m.2nd London 10 Apr 1844 Maria Antoinetta Pegus (d.Orton 10 Aug 1893) issue, including the extant Marquesses of Huntly


2n) Catherine Susan (22 Dec 1792-14 Dec 1866); m.16 Jun 1814 Charles Compton Cavendish, Lord Chesham (28 Aug 1793-10 Nov 1863)


3n) Rev. George (27 Jan 1794-25 Sep 1862); m.29 Jul 1851 Charlotte Anne Vaughan (d.23 Aug 1879)


4n) Charlotte Sophia (4 Jan 1796-21 Dec 1876)


5n) Mary (16 Oct 1797-13 Jun 1825); m.15 Apr 1822 Lord Frederick Seymour (1 Feb 1797-7 Dec 1856)


6n) John Frederick, took additional surname Hallyburton (15 Aug 1799-29 Sep 1878); m.24 Aug 1836 Lady Augusta Kennedy-Erskine, ne Fitzclarence (d.8 Dec 1865)


7n) Henry (31 Aug 1802-28 Aug 1865); m.6 Mar 1827 Louisa Payne (d.17 May 1867) issue


8n) Cecil James (23 Feb 1806-15 Jan 1878); m.23 Apr 1841 Emily Moore (d.26 Apr 1902) issue


9n) Francis Arthur (20 Jan1808-26 Jun 1857); m.17 Apr 1835 Isabel Grant (d.7 Jan 1892) issue


2m) Catherine (d.young)


3m) Margaret (d.23 May 1786); m.5 May 1783 William Beckford, of Fonthill


4m) Douglas, took surname Hallyburton (10 Oct 1777-25 Dec 1841); m.16 Jul 1807 Louisa Leslie (d.2 Oct 1851)


2l) John (19 Jun 1728-30 Oct 1778); m.18 May 1761 Clementina Lockhart (d.31 Mar 1803)


1m) John (8 Jul 1765-1832); m.Nov 1810 Eliza Morris


2m) Grace Margaret (27 Sep 1766-23 Feb 1832); m.1794 William Graham, of Mossknowe (d.7 Feb 1832)


3m) Clementina, d.Exmouth 13 Dec 1801, aged 33


4m) George (9 Apr 1769-23 Aug 1799)


5m) James, d.young


3l) Lockhart (1732-Calcutta 24 Mar 1788); m.3 Oct 1770 Hon. Catherine Wallop (d.May 1813)


1m) Rev. Lockhart (28 Jul 1776- ); m.NN


2m) Loudoun Harcourt (9 May 1780- )


3m) Katherine (24 Apr 1783- )


2k) Helen; m.George Kinnaird


3k) Elizabeth, d.Aberdeen 14 Apr 1770


4k) Grizel, d.Knockando 18 Oct 1761; m.Aberdeen 14 Jul 1735 James Grant, of Knockando


2j) [ex 2] George


3j) [ex 2] John, d.Edinburgh 22 Jul 1762


5j) [ex 2] Elizabeth; m.1685 (div 1698) John Mackenzie [later, 2nd Earl of Cromartie] (ca 1656-20 Feb 1731)


5i) Henry


6i) Anne (d.9 Jan 1656); m.James Drummond, 3rd Earl of Perth (d.2 Jun 1675)


7i) Henrietta, d.Traquair Jun 1651; m.1st 1639 George Seton, Lord Seton (15 May 1613-4 Jun 1648); m.2nd 1649 John Stewart, Earl of Traquair (d.Apr 1666)


8i) Jane, d.1655; m.14 Jan 1640 Thomas Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Haddington (25 May 1600-30 Aug 1640)


9i) Mary; m.8 Dec 1643 Alexander Irvine, of Drum (d.1687)


10i) Catharine; m. Count Jan Andrzej Morsztyn (d.8 Jan 1693)


2h) Adam, of Auchindoun fl 1642


3h) John, cr 1627 Viscount Melgum and Lord Aboyne (d.Frendraught 9 Oct 1630); m.1626 Lady Sophia Hay (d.12 Mar 1642)


1i) Henrietta


4h) Francis, d.in Germany 1620


5h) Laurence, d.aged 20


6h) Anne; m.James Stuart, 3rd Earl of Moray (d.Darnaway 6 Aug 1638)


7h) Elizabeth (d.Edinburgh Jul 1616); m.Alexander Hope [later, 2nd Earl of Linlithgow] (d.1648)


8h) Mary (d.1674); m.15 Sep 1632 William Douglas, Marquess of Douglas (1589-19 Feb 1660)


9h) Jane; m.28 Nov 1632 Claud Hamilton, Lord Strabane (d.14 Jun 1638)


2g) Alexander, d.Jan 1622; m.1588 Lady Agnes Sinclair (d.6 Nov 1619)


3g) William


4g) Jean; m.ca 1585 George Sinclair, 5th Earl of Caithness (d.Caithness Feb 1643)


3f) James, a Jesuit, d.Paris 16 Apr 1620


4f) William


5f) Sir John (executed 1562); m.Elizabeth Gordon


6f) Sir Adam (d.Perth 27 Oct 1580)

7f) Sir Patrick, k.a. Glenlivet 1594; m.Agnes Betoun [Beaton]


8f) Robert, d.25 Apr 1572


9f) Thomas, d.1584/5


10f) Margaret (d.Ghent 1 Jan 1606); m.Nov 1558 (div 1574) John Forbes, 8th Lord Forbes (3 Jul 1542-Putachie 29 Jun 1606)


11f) Jean (1546-Dunrobin 14 May 1629); m.1st 24 Feb 1566 (div 1567) James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell (ca 1535-Draxholm 14 Apr 1578); m.2nd Strathbogie 13 Dec 1573 Alexander Gordon, 12th Earl of Sutherland (d.Dunrobin 6 Dec 1594); m.3rd 1599 Alexander Ogilvy, of Boyne


12f) Elizabeth; m.John Stewart, 4th Earl of Atholl (d.24 Apr 1579)


13f) Janet; m.Duncan Stewart, the younger, of Appin


2e) Alexander, Bp of the Isles, and of Galloway, titular Archbp of Athens, d.11 Nov 1575; m.Barbara Logie


1f) George


3e) James


3d) Alexander, of Strathavon; m.Janet Grant


1e) Alexander, of Cluny; m.___ Ogilvie


1f) a dau


2e) John, of Cluny; m.Margaret Gordon


1f) Sir Thomas, of Cluny issue


2f) John, of Brismore; m.___ Gordon issue


4d) William, Bp of Aberdeen, d.6 Aug 1577


5d) Jane; m.Colin Campbell, 3rd Earl of Argyll (d.1529)


6d) Christian; m.1503 Sir Robert Menzies, of Weem


2c) Adam, Lord of Aboyne (d.17 Mar 1538); m.1500 Elizabeth, 10th Countess of Sutherland (d.Aboyne Castle Sep 1535); though they inherited the Sutherland estates and titles, their descendants kept the surname Gordon for several generations


1d) Alexander, Master of Sutherland (d.Dunrobin 15 Jan 1530); m.Lady Janet Stewart; see Sutherland page for his descendants


2d) John


1e) a dau; m.George Gordon, of Cochlarachie


3d) Adam (k.a.Pinkie 10 Sep 1547)


1e) [illegitimate] Adam, d.1626


4d) Gilbert; m.Isabel Sinclair (killed herself in prison in Edinburgh, where she had been condemned for poisoning the 11th Earl and his wife; she had purportedly been urged into this crime by her cousin, the Earl of Caithness)


1e) John

2e) Patrick

3e) [illegitimate] George


5d) Beatrix; m.Laird of Gormack


6d) Helenor; m.1st Gordon of Tilliwhoudie; m.2nd George Gordon of Craig


7d) Elizabeth; m. laird of Lethintie


8d) dau; m. laird of Leys and Birkenbog


9d) [illegitimate] dau; m.John Robson


10d) [illegitimate] Thomas


3c) Sir William (k.a.Flodden 1513), ancestor of Gordons of Gight


4c) Sir James, of Letterfourie, ancestor of the Gordon of Letterfourie Baronets


5c) Janet; m.1st Alexander Lindsay, Master of Crawford, styled Lord Lindsay (d.16 Sep 1489, having been smothered, possibly by his wife); m.2nd (annulled?) Patrick Gray, 3rd Lord Gray (d.1541); m.3rd 1508 Sir Patrick Butter; m.4th James Halkerston


6c) Mary; m.Sir William Sinclair, of Westerhall


7c) [by 1st m.?] Margaret; m.Patrick Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell (d.18 Oct 1508)


8c) Elizabeth; m.William Keith, 2nd Earl Marischal (d.1526/7)


9c) Isabel; m.William Hay, 3rd Earl of Erroll (d.14 Jan 1507)


[by 2nd m.]:


10c) Catherine; m.1st Perkin Warbeck; m.2nd James Strangways; m.3rd Sir Matthew Cradock; m.4th Christopher Ashton


11c) Agnes; m.Gilbert Hay, of Kilmallock


12c) Eleanor; m.John Crichton, of Invernytie


13c) [illegitimate] Agnes; m.Sir James Ogilvy


14c) [illegitimate] Alexander, legitimized 1500


3b) Sir Alexander, of Abergeldie; m.Beatrice Hay; ancestor of the Gordons of Abergeldie


4b) Adam (d.1528); he had illegitimate issue, whereby he was ancestor of the Gordons of Wardhouse


5b) William


6b) Christian; m.William Forbes, 3rd Lord Forbes


7b) Elizabeth; m.1st Nicholas Hay, 2nd Earl of Erroll (d.1470); m.2nd John Kennedy, 2nd Lord Kennedy


8b) Catherine


9b) Margaret


[and also two daus, whose mother, per the Scots Peerage, was likely ___ Cumming]:


10b) Janet; m.Sir James Innes, of that Ilk


11b) Margaret (d.1506); m.Hugh Rose, of Kilravock (d.17 Mar 1517)


2a) William (k.a.Brechin 18 May 1452); m.Elizabeth Meldrum; he and his descendants kept the surname Seton


1b) Alexander, of Meldrum (d.ca 1512); m.Muriella Sutherland


1c) William, of Meldrum; m.Elizabeth Leslie


1d) Alexander, of Meldrum; m.1st Agnes Gordon; m.2nd Janet Leith


1e) [by 1st m.] William, of Meldrum; m.1st Janet Gordon; m.2nd Margaret Innes


1f) [by 1st m.] Alexander, of Meldrum; m.1st Elizabeth Irvine; m.2nd Jean Abernethy


1g) [by 1st m.] Alexander (d.1590); m.1584 Christian Fraser


1h) Elizabeth, of Meldrum; m.1st 1610 John Urquhart (d.8 Nov 1631); m.2nd 1634 Alexander Fraser, 11th Lord Saltoun (Mar 1604-Fraserburgh 11 Aug 1693); Meldrum was inherited by the issue of her first marriage


2g) [by 2nd m.] John, of Meldrum (d.1619); m.Lady Grizel Stewart


3g) [by 2nd m.] William, of Meldrum; m.Anne Crichton


4g) [by 2nd m.] Margaret; m. ___ Chalmers, of Balbithan


5g) [by 2nd m.] Isabel; m. ___ Erskine, of Pittodrie


2f) [by 1st m.] John, of Lumphard, Broomhill and Mounie; m.Marjorie Panton


1g) William, of Mounie


3f) [by 1st m.] William, of Slattie


4f) [by 2nd m.] George, of Barra


5f) [by 2nd m.] James, of Bourtie, ancestor of the Setons, of Pitmedden


2e) [by 1st m.] Alexander


3e) [by 2nd m.] John


2c) Katharine; m.William Forbes, of Keldrum


3a) Henery, k.a.Brechin 18 May 1452


4a) Elizabeth; said in Burke’s to have married Alexander Macdonald, Lord of the Isles, Earl of Ross, but this marriage not mentioned in The Complete Peerage