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Gordon of Fyvie


GORDON OF FYVIE. – this Aberdeenshire family are descended from the Hon. Alexander Gordon, a lord of session under the title of Lord Rockville, 3d son of William, 2d earl of Aberdeen, by Lady Anne Gordon, daughter of Alexander, 2d duke of Gordon. He was born about 1739, admitted advocate August 7, 1759, appointed steward depute of the stewartry of Kirkcudbright in 1764, raised to the bench on the death of David Dalrymple, Lord Westhall, and took his seat as Lord Rockville, July 1, 1784, his title being assumed from an estate which he had purchased in Haddingtonshire. “He adorned the bench,” says Douglas, (Peerage, vol. i. p. 22,) “by the dignified manliness of his appearance and polished urbanity of his manners.” He died at Edinburgh, March 13, 1792. He married, in July 1769, Anne, daughter of William Duff, Esq. of Crombie, advocate, and widow of William, earl of Dumfries and Stair; issue, 4 sons and 4 daughters.

His eldest son, Charles Gordon, Esq. of Fyvie Castle, born in 1770, married in 1806, Elizabeth, widow of William Clutton, Esq., and died February 18, 1851. He had three sons; 1. William Cosmo, who succeeded him. 2. Alexander Henry, born in 1813. 3. Charles William, born March 19, 1817, M.P. for Berwick.

William Cosmo Gordon, Esq. of Fyvie Castle, the eldest son, born May 17, 1810, married June 9, 1848, Mary Grace, third daughter of Sir Robert Abercromby, baronet, of Birkenbog. Mr. Gordon was formerly a captain in the artillery East India Company’s service, Madras, but retired; a magistrate for the counties of Aberdeen and Kincardine. On May 21, 1862, he was appointed lieutenant-colonel of Artillery Volunteers, Aberdeenshire.


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