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TITLE
George the 5th and last Duke of Gordon
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2126_P083
DATE OF IMAGE
1893
PERIOD
1790s
CREATOR
Raeburn
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31469
KEYWORDS
dukes
nobility
regiments
Gordon Highlanders
portraits
titles
George the 5th and last Duke of Gordon

George, 5th Duke of Gordon was born in 1770. He raised the Gordon Highlanders, along with his mother Lady Jane Gordon, and became their first commander. He had joined the army at 19 and at 21 he was a captain in the 42nd Highlanders, The Black Watch.

Following the death of his father, the 4th Duke, he inherited the titles of Duke of Gordon and Earl of Norwich. He was appointed Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland and Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, as well as the Governor of Edinburgh Castle.

He married Elizabeth Brodie in 1813. He died without an heir in 1836 and so the titles of Duke of Gordon and Earl of Norwich became extinct. The Gordon estates were inherited by a nephew, the Duke of Richmond, who later assumed the surname and arms of Gordon.

This portrait can be found in 'Glimpses of Church and Social Life in the Highlands in Olden Times', by Alexander MacPherson

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George the 5th and last Duke of Gordon

1790s

dukes; nobility; regiments; Gordon Highlanders; portraits; titles

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

George, 5th Duke of Gordon was born in 1770. He raised the Gordon Highlanders, along with his mother Lady Jane Gordon, and became their first commander. He had joined the army at 19 and at 21 he was a captain in the 42nd Highlanders, The Black Watch.<br /> <br /> Following the death of his father, the 4th Duke, he inherited the titles of Duke of Gordon and Earl of Norwich. He was appointed Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland and Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, as well as the Governor of Edinburgh Castle.<br /> <br /> He married Elizabeth Brodie in 1813. He died without an heir in 1836 and so the titles of Duke of Gordon and Earl of Norwich became extinct. The Gordon estates were inherited by a nephew, the Duke of Richmond, who later assumed the surname and arms of Gordon.<br /> <br /> This portrait can be found in 'Glimpses of Church and Social Life in the Highlands in Olden Times', by Alexander MacPherson