NameEarl George GORDON 2nd Of Huntly , M
Birth Dateabt 1439
Birth PlaceHuntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death Date8 Jun 1501
Death PlaceStirling Castle, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Burial DateJun 1501
Burial PlaceCambuskenneth, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Burial MemoCambuskenneth abbey.
Spouses
Birth Dateabt 1426
Birth PlaceFrendraught, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death Datebef 17 Feb 1486
Death PlaceLuss, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
FatherEarl James DUNBAR 4th Of Moray , M (~1400-1430)
Marr Date20 May 1455
Annul Datebef Mar 1460
Annul MemoAnnulled due to affinity.
No Children
Birth Dateabt 1434
Birth PlaceHolyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland
Death Date1509
Death PlaceStirling Castle, Stirlingshire, Scotland
FatherKing James I STEWART Of Scots , M (1394-1437)
MotherQueen Joan BEAUFORT Of Scots , F (~1404-1445)
Marr Datebef 10 Mar 1460
Marr PlaceHuntly Castle, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Div Date24 Jul 1471
ChildrenIsabella , F (~1461-1485)
 Elizabeth , F (~1465-)
Birth Dateabt 1453
Birth PlaceErroll, Perthshire, Scotland
Death Dateaft Jun 1509
Death PlaceStirlingshire, Scotland
FatherEarl William HAY 1st Of Erroll , M (~1424-1462)
MotherLady Beatrice DOUGLAS Of Douglas , F (~1426->1490)
Marr Date12 May 1476
ChildrenJanet , F (~1476-<1559)
 Margaret , F (~1477-)
 Alexander , M (~1478-1524)
 Adam , M (~1479-1538)
 Catherine , F (~1480-1537)
 William , M (~1481-1513)
 James , M (~1485-)
 Eleanor , F (~1487-)
 Agnes , F (~1489-)
4UNNAMED , F
Unmarried
ChildrenAlexander , M
 Agnes , F (~1459-)
Notes for Earl George GORDON 2nd Of Huntly
Alexander and Elizabeth had the following children:

2. George, second Earl of Huntly.

3. Sir Alexander of Midmar, afterwards of Abergeldie. ...
4. Adam, Dean of Caithness, who had several natural sons, and a daughter ...
5. William, named after Alexander, and described a brother of Alexander in the charter ...
6. Margaret, contracted, before 9 November 1457, to Nicholas, second Earl of erroll, but for some reason, perhaps her death, the marriage didnot take place.
7. Elizabeth, married (contract dated 15 November 1461) to the above-named Nicholas, second Earl of erroll, who died in 1470. she married, secondly, before 12 July 1471, John, Lord Kennedy, having issue to both husbands.
8. Christian, married, before 8 July 1468, to William, Lord Forbes.
9. Catherine, contracted on 30 September 1461, to marry Archibald, eldest son of George, Earl of Angus. He was then a boy about twelve years old. The marriage, however, did not take place.

The Earl had also two daughters, whose mother is said to have been a Cumming of Altyre, known as the ‘Fair Maid of Moray,’ and described as his fourth [third] wife, but his second wife survived him.

1. Janet, married to James Innes of that Ilk. She died about 1470 or before 1473.
2. Margaret, married, 26 June 1484, to Hew rose, sixth Laird of Kilravock, and died about 1506.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol IV, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 521-26
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George, second Earl of Huntly, succeeded on or about 15 July 1470.

He appears on record first as George of Seton, son of Alexander Seton and Elizabeth his wife in the Crown charter of 1441 ... .

On 20 May 1455, in his contract with Elizabeth Dunbar, Countess of Moray, ... he is styled Master of Huntly, and was then a knight, while in a royal precept of 7 March 1456-57 he is named Sir George Seton, Knight.

In the following year he had finally assumed the surname of Gordon, as appears from a Crown charter of 15 March 1457-58. After that he is styled George, Lord Gordon.

He held the office of Keeper of the Castles of Kildrummy, Kindrochat, and Inverness, and drew pay for his services.

On the forfeiture of the Boyds in 1469, King James III conferred on Lord Gordon some of their lands in Berwickshire, by a charter dated 7 February 1469-70. By an agreement with his half-brother, he obtained the lands of Kilsaurle and the forests of Boyne and Enzie, while he granted to his brother in turn, the lands of Gordon, Huntly, Fogo, and others in Berwickshire.

Soon after his accession to the title the Earl Huntly became involved in strife with Alexander, Earl of Ross, and much blood was shed on both sides. The King intervened and Ross was summoned to answer for treason. He did not appear, and was forfeited, upon which expeditions were sent against him, one being headed by Huntly, who captured the castle of Dingwall, and forced Ross to sue for pardon. On 28 March 1476 King James III wrote to Huntly, thanking him for taking Dingwall Castle, and at a later date promised to grant to the Earl one hundred merks worth of land as a reward for his services.

The Earl was Crown Chamberlain in his own district, an office which brought him into collision with tenants of the Crown lands, and on 10 October 1479 he was appointed Justiciary north of the Forth.

In the struggles which took place between James III and his nobility, Huntly at first opposed the King, but towards then end joined the loyal party, and after the King’s death sought to avenge him. But he was soon received into favour by the new Monarch. Passing over minor events, the Earl was, about 1498, made High Chancellor of Scotland, and is March 1499-1500, and October 1500, he held Justiciary Courts at Selkirk and Lanark.

He made an agreement with the Earl of Athol as to passage through their respective marches on 17 March 1500-01, and

died at Stirling on or about 8 June in that year; he was buried at Cambuskenneth.

The marriages of this Earl of Huntly have always been somewhat of a puzzle to genealogists, and even in the light of later research there is much that is obscure.

(1) His first marriage contract was with Elizabeth Dunbar, Countess of Moray, the younger daughter of the deceased James Dunbar, Earl of Moray, and widow of Archibal Daouglas,Earl of Moray, who was killed at Arkinholme on 1 May 1455.

On the 20th of the same month, Alexander, Earl of Huntly, Elizabeth Crichton his Countess, and George, Master of Huntly, Knight, their son, contracted with the widowed Countess, who must have been a good deal older than her intended husband, that she should marry the Master of Huntly. She had no relatives to support her, those who were on her behalf being ‘her men,’ the captain of her Castle of Darnaway and others, including Sir Richard Holland, Precentor of Moray, apparently the family chaplain, who in the poem of The Houlat records for all time his admiration of the ‘Douglas, tender and true,’ and who was specially attached to the ’Dow of Dunbar,’ for whom, no doubt, he did his best to make conditions.

She was to retain Darnaway till the marriage was completed, and then it was to be delivered to her and her spouse.
The Countess and her men were to use their influence that Lochindorb should be delivered to the Earl of Huntly. Dispensation was sought for any canonical impediments and the lady was not to be constrained except by her own will to an immediate union.

Some have doubted if the contract ever took effect, but it seems certain that the marriage took place, as is expressly stated in the divorce of 1471, though if, as is highly probable, the object was to gain control over the rich province of Moray, it failed in its purpose. But the subsequent divorce of the spouses, under the sentence of the Church is not to be assigned to that reason, but to the fact that Janet Dunbar, the eldest sister of the Countess, had been the wife of James, Lord Crichton, who was the Master of Huntly’s uncle, thus rendering the union canonically illegal. It was dissolved some time before March 1459-60, apparently without issue, and Elizabeth Dunbar, before July 1463, became the second wife of Sir John Colquhoun of Luss, whom she survived, dying before March 1494.

(2) The Master’s second wife was the Princess Annabella Stewart, youngest daughter of King James I, whom he married before 10 March 1459-60, when he and she had a grant from her brother King James II, of two hundred merks of land of the lordship of Aboyne, resigned by the Earl of Huntly.

The Princess appears to have had no male issue, and six years after the marriage, the Master was again a-wooing.

His affections were directed towards Elizabeth Hay, sister of Nicholas, Earl of Erroll, his brother-in-law, and on 12 May 1466 he swore on the Gospels that he would have no ‘actual delen’ with the lady until he could have her to wife lawfully.

He then seems to have instituted a process of divorce, on the ground that he had married Elizabeth Dunbar, from whom he was lawfully divorced, and that she was related in the third and fourth degrees of consanguinity to the Lady Annabella, to whom he himself was related in the same degrees of affinity.

(3) On this ground and the evidence adduced, a divorce was solemnly pronounced at Aberdeen on 24 july 1471, and on 4, 11, and 18 August same year the banns of marriage between the Earl and Elizabeth Hay were published at the church of Fyvie. ... the marriage probably followed closely on the final proclamation of banns on 18 August 1471.

Elizabeth Hay survived her husband. The Canons of Aberdeen sued in January 1502-3 for £30 teind silver. In February 1504-5 she obtained letters against Alexander, Earl of Huntly, compelling him to pay £50 to her as his mother, and she was still alive on 27 June 1509, when she had an action against Janet, Lady Lindsay.

The second Earl of Huntly had a considerable family, but it is not easy to say who were their mothers. The marriage to Elizabeth Dunbar is ignored altogether by Ferrerius, and it has been said she had no issue to Huntly. This however, is not proved, and she was the mother of two children by her first husband.

Lady Annabella, according to Ferrerius, had only one child, a daughter.

Elizabeth Hay was the mother of his sons and of some of the daughters.

The following are the names of his children:

1. Alexander, third Earl of Huntly.
2. Adam, second son, first named in his brother’s contract of marriage of 14 October 1474, which shows that even at that early date their marriage was arranged. He married, but at what date is not certain, Elizabeth, daughter and eventual heiress of John, eighth Earl of Sutherland, and in her right he became Earl of Sutherland.
3. William, who, in 1490, exchanged with his brother Adam the lands of Aboyne for those of Schivas. He was killed at Flodden, having married Janet Ogilvy, daughter of the Laird of Boyne, and was ancestor of the Gordons of Gight, from whom the famous Lord Byron descended.
4. James, brother of William, named in an entail of the lands of Schivas on 16 May 1498.

5. Janet, married to Alexander Lindsay, Master of Crawford, who died, it is said, in 1489, certainly before 1491.
6. Isabel, married to William, Earl of Erroll, according to Ferrerius, who states she was the daughter of the Lady Annabella Stewart
7. Elizabeth, married (contract dated 11 January 1481-82) to William, Earl Marischal. [Considering her assumed age at marriage, she must have also been daughter of Annabella]
8. Margaret, unmarried on 21 February 1490-91, when she or her sister Catherine were contracted to be married to Patrick Hepburn, first Earl of Bothwell. He chose Margaret, and married her, as his second wife, between February and April 1491.
9. Catherine, who had a romantic history. She was married in January 1495-96 to Perkin Warbeck, who claimed to be Richard Duke of York ...
10. Eleanor, whom it was proposed in 1504 to marry to John Crichton of Invernyte ...
11. Agnes, married to Sir Gilbert Hay of Hilmalamak, according to Ferrerius. thay had a charter from King James IV on 20 August 1510.

The second Earl also had a natural son, Alexander, who had letters of legitimation 8 October 1500.

Also a natural daughter, Agnes, married to James Ogilvy of Findlater.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol IV, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 526-31
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George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly (died 8 June 1501) was a Scottish nobleman and Chancellor of Scotland from 1498–1501.

George was the son of Alexander (Seton) Gordon, 1st Earl of Huntly and his second wife Elizabeth Crichton, daughter of William Crichton, 1st Lord Crichton. George is first mentioned by name in 1441 when the lands which later became part of the Earldom were settled on him and his heirs. George was almost certainly born shortly before this time, c. 1441 as his parents married bef. 18 March 1439–40.

In his contract with Elizabeth Dunbar, Countess of Moray, dated 20 May 1455 he is styled the Master of Huntley. He is addressed as "Sir George Seton, knight", in a royal precept dated 7 March 1456–7 while in a crown charter dated a year later he uses the name of Gordon for the first time indicating he had assumed that surname. As George, Lord Gordon, he was keeper of the castles of Kildrummy, Kindrochat and Inverness. He succeeded his father as Earl of Huntly c. 15 July 1470.

Shortly after becoming Earl of Huntly he was involved with the Earl of Ross in a private war in which the king, James III of Scotland interceded. Ross was charged with treason, but after refusing a summons from the king, was outlawed. One of the expeditions sent against the errant Earl of Ross was led by Alexander and after he captured Dingwall Castle and pressed his army into Lochaber, Ross relented and sought pardon for his actions from the king. In 1479 he was justiciary north of the River Forth, one of his primary duties was the suppression of feuds between Highland clans. In 1497 George Gordon was appointed High Chancellor of Scotland, the honor probably bestowed at the same time his daughter Catherine married Perkin Warbeck, an adventurer in favor with King James IV of Scotland. George was Chancellor until 1500.

George, the second earl died at Stirling Castle on 8 June 1501.

On 20 May 1455, George was contracted to marriage [with] Elizabeth Dunbar, the daughter of John Dunbar, 4th Earl of Moray, and recent widow of Archibald Douglas, Earl of Moray. The marriage was annulled due to affinity before March 1459–60; the couple had no children.

George secondly married, before March 1459–60, Annabella of Scotland, youngest daughter of King James I of Scotland. After several years of marriage the Earl of Gordon instituted proceedings to have this marriage annulled as well on the grounds that Lady Annabella was related in the third and fourth degrees of consanguinity to his first wife Elizabeth, and the marriage was dissolved on 24 July 1471.

Gordon married thirdly, Elizabeth Hay, sister of Nicholas Hay, 2nd Earl of Erroll, George's brother-in-law and swore a solemn oath to have no 'actual delen' with the lady until after they were married. He married Elizabeth Hay shortly after 18 August 1471.

George Gordon, the second Earl had a number of children but with few exceptions there remains no clear consensus as to which child was of the second marriage and which of the third:

*Alexander Gordon, 3rd Earl of Huntly (died 21 January 1523/24)
Adam Gordon, married Elizabeth, daughter and heir of John, 8th Earl of Sutherland, and in her right became Earl of Sutherland.
William Gordon, married Janet Ogilvy and was the ancestor of the Gordon's of Gight from whom Lord Byron was a descendant.
James Gordon, mentioned in an entail in 1498.
Janet Gordon, married 1st, Alexander Lindsay, Master of Crawfurd; 2nd, Patrick, Master of Gray (annulled); 3rdly she married Patrick Butler of Gormark; and 4thly James Halkerston of Southwood. She died before February 1559
Isabella (d. 1485), wife of William Hay, 3rd Earl of Errol (d. 1507), though some sources list them as having as many as six children.

He then married his mistress, Elizabeth Hay, on 12 May 1476; they had children:

Lady Catherine Gordon (died October 1537), probably a daughter of Elizabeth Hay, she married 1st, Perkin Warbeck (d. 1499) notorious for claiming to be Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York, one of the young princes who disappeared from history in the Tower of London; as his widow she married 2ndly, James Strangeways of Fyfield (d. 1515); a widow again she married Matthew Cradock of Swansea (d. 1531); and as her 4th husband married Christopher Assheton of Fyfield. She was well received at the court of Henry VII who styled her 'the White Rose'.She had no issue by any of her husbands.
Eleanor Gordon
Agnes Gordon
Elizabeth Gordon, in 1481 contracted to marry William Keith, 3rd Earl Marischal

*Note: There has been some uncertainty regarding Alexander's mother, whether she was Annabella Stewart or Elizabeth Hay. But the fact that his father married Elizabeth Hay after 18 Aug 1471 ... and that Alexander himself was a member of parliament, as well as being one of the Lords of the Articles in 1485, makes it chronologically implausible he could have been Elizabeth Hay's son; meaning most probably his mother was Annabella Stewart.

Source: Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Gordon,_2nd_Earl_of_Huntly
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Notes for Elizabeth (Spouse 1)
By his wife, Earl James had two daughters, named together on 26 April 1442, in a royal precept, as daughters of the late James of Dunbar, Earl of Moray.

They were:

1. Janet, married, between 1442 and 1446, to James, second Lord Crichton. … secondly, John Sutherland …

2. Elizabeth, called Mary by some writers and also Agnes, married before 26 April 1442, to Archibald Douglas, who was created Earl of Moray.

By Isabel Innes, the Earl had a son, Alexander, afterwards Sir Alexander Dunbar of Westfield

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VI, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 304-6.
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After the death of James Dunbar, Earl of Moray, there is no mention of the earldom in any public record until 1445. Sometime before 26 April 1442, however, his younger daughter,

(1) Elizabeth, had married Archibald Douglas, third son of James, seventh Earl of Douglas.
On that day, the spouses had a precept for sasine in the lands of Kintore, which had been granted in 1375 and in 1383 to John Dunbar, Earl of Moray, and had been resigned by Janet and Elizabeth, the two co-heiresses of the earldom. They were now regranted to Archibald and Elizabeth, and to the heirs of Archibald, whom failing, to the other heirs of James, Earl Douglas, whom failing, to the heirs of Elizabeth Dunbar.

This peculiar entail indicates that the earldom of Moray had come under the sway of the Douglases. There is no other evicence, but Boece states that the Earl of Douglas, at this time, James, long known as James Douglas of Balvany, who had large possessions in Banff and inverness-shires, and others in Moray itself, secured for himself the ward and marriage of the younger of the two heiresses of James, last Earl of Moray. This is borne out by the writ of 1442, when the territory was apparently settled on Archibal Douglas, who, however, does not appear on record as EARL OF MORAY until 3 July 1445, having probably been created in the June Parliament of that year. He attended frequently at Court or in Parliament, and took park in affairs between 1445 and 1450, in which latter year, his elder brothers went to Rome. In 1541, he is named with his brothers, James, Hugh, and John in the series of charters granted to their eldest brother, William, Earl of Douglas.

After the murder of Earl William by the King, in February 1451-52, Moray took his part in retaliation for his brother’s fate, and ravaged Strathbogie, the country of the Earl of Huntly, who in a conflict at Dunkinty Moss, near Pittendriech, was defeated. As a result, the title of Earl of Moray was, for a time at least, bestowed upon Sir James Crichton of Frendraught, son of Chancellor Crichton.

In August 1452, the Douglases were reconciled to the King, and the Earl of Moray is found exercising his rights as such in the following year. In 1455, however, as is well known, the struggle between King James II and the Douglas reached a crisis. The Earl of Douglsa had been forced to flee into England, but the Earl of Moray and his other brothers continued in arms against the King. They were met by a strong force under the Earl of Angus and completely routed

at Arkinholm, near Langholm, on 1 May 1455, when Moray was slain and his head sent to the King.

When forfeiture was pronounced against the Douglases in the Parliament of June 1455, it was charged against the Earl of Moray that he had treasonably fortified the castles of Lochindorb and Darnaway against the King. The evidence is doubtful, and as regards Darnaway, the Earl appears to have beautified, rather than fortified, it. The fine hall so often ascribed to the great Randolph seems rather to have been the work of this Earl. His labours left the building unfinished, and King James II ordered it to be completed in the same style, the hall being then roofed in.

It was in the Forest of Darnaway that the scene of The Buke of the Howlat was laid, written by Sir Richard Holland, Precentor of Moray, in praise of the Douglases and of Elizabeth, Countess of Moray, who is styled ’The Dow of Dunbar.’

(2) She survived her husband, was contracted to marry George, Lord Gordon, but was divorced on the plea of consanguinity before 1459.

(3) She was married, before 1463, as his second wife, to Sir John Colquhoun of Luss.

She was alive in 1472, but died sometime before 17 February 1485-86,
when James Douglas acknowledges himself to be the heir of his mother, Elizabeth, County of Moray. He also was probably dead before 18 March 1493-94, when Janet Dunbar was served heir to her sister in certain lands in Caithness.

The Earl and Countess had issue,

two children:


1. James, already named, styled son and heir in the agreement with Lord Gordon after his father’s death, and
2. Janet, also named in same writ. Of her, nothing further is known.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VI, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 308-10.
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The marriages of this Earl of Huntly have always been somewhat of a puzzle to genealogists, and even in the light of later research there is much that is obscure.

His first marriage contract was with Elizabeth Dunbar, Countess of Moray, the younger daughter of the deceased James Dunbar, Earl of Moray, and widow of Archibal Daouglas, Earl of Moray, who was killed at Arkinholme on 1 May 1455.

On the 20th of the same month, Alexander, Earl of Huntly, Elizabeth Crichton his Countess, and George, Master of Huntly, Knight, their son, contracted with the widowed Countess, who must have been a good deal older than her intended husband, that she should marry the Master of Huntly. She had no relatives to support her, those who were on her behalf being ‘her men,’ the captain of her Castle of Darnaway and others, including Sir Richard Holland, Precentor of Moray, apparently the family chaplain, who in the poem of The Houlat records for all time his admiration of the ‘Douglas, tender and true,’ and who was specially attached to the’Dow of Dunbar,’ for whom, no doubt, he did his best to make conditions. She was to retain Darnaway till the marriage was completed, and then it was to be delivered to her and her spouse.

The Countess and her men were to use their influence that Lochindorb should be delivered to the Earl of Huntly. Dispensation was sought for any canonical impediments and the lady was not to be constrained except by her own will to an immediate union. Some have doubted if the contract ever took effect, but it seems certain that the marriage took place, as is expressly stated in the divorce of 1471, though if, as is highly probable, the object was to gain control over the rich province of Moray, it failed in its purpose. But the subsequent divorce of the spouses, under the sentence of the Church is not to be assigned to that reason, but to the fact that Janet Dunbar, the eldest sister of the Countess, had been the wife of James, Lord Crichton, who was the Master of Huntly’s uncle, thus rendering the union canonically illegal. It was dissolved some time before March 1459-60, apparently without issue, and Elizabeth Dunbar, before July 1463, became the second wife of Sir John Colquhoun of Luss, whom she survived, dying before March 1494.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol IV, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 527-8.
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Notes for Annabella (Spouse 2)
He [King James I] married Joan, daughter of John Beaufort, first Earl of Somerset. …

By his wife he had:

1. Alexander, born 16 October 1430, died in infancy.
2. James, a twin with Alexander, afterwards king.
3. Margaret, born 1424, married 24 June 1436 to Louis, Dauphin of France, afterwards Louis XI. She died without issue 16 August 1444.
4. Isabella, married, as his second wife, to Francis I, Duke of Brittany, 30 October 1442.
5. Joan, ‘the dumb lady’ (contracted 18 October 1440 with a tocher of 3000 merks, to James, third Earl of Angus, who died before September 1446); she was married 1458-59 to James Douglas of Dalkeith, first Earl of Morton.
6. Eleanor, born 26 October 1427, married to Sigismund Von Tirol, Duke of Austria, brother of the emperor Maximillian I, on 12-24 February 1449; died s.p.s. 4 March 1496.
7. Mary, married in 1444, to Wolfart Van Borselen,Count of Grane Pré and Lord of Campvere in Zealand. He died in 1487, having married secondly, 17 June 1468, Charlotte de Bourbon-Montpensier.

8. Annabella, married first, 14 December 1447, at Stirling, to Louis, Count of Geneva, son of Louis, Duke of Savoy. From him, she was divorced owing to the intrigues of the King of France, and sent home with a solatium of 25,000 crowns in 1458. Before 10 March 1459, she was married, secondly, to George Gordon, second Earl of Huntly, from whom she was divorced 24 July 1471. No reference to any issue is made in the divorce. Her later history is very obscure.

Queen Joan, after her husband’s death, married Sir James Stewart, ‘the Black Knight of Lorn.’

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol I, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 18-19.
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The [Royal] couple produced eight children, seven of whom survived to adulthood:

(1) Margaret Stewart, (1424–1445) married Prince Louis, Dauphin of Viennois (later King Louis XI of France)
(2) Isabella Stewart, (1426–1494) married Francis I, Duke of Brittany
(3) Mary Stewart, Countess of Buchan (died 1465) married Wolfart VI van Borsselen
(4) Joan Stewart, Countess of Morton (c. 1428–1486) married James Douglas, 1st Earl of Morton
(5) James II of Scotland (1430–1460) married Mary of Gueldres
(6) Alexander Stewart, Duke of Rothesay (born and died 1430); Twin of James

(7) Annabella Stewart, married and divorced 1. Louis of Savoy, and then married and divorced 2. George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly

(8)Eleanor Stewart, (1433–1484) married Sigismund, Archduke of Austria.

Source: Scottish Monarchs: http://www.englishmonarchs.co.uk/stewart_21.html
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Annabella Stewart (ca. 1433 – 1509) was the youngest daughter of King James I and Joan Beaufort.

Annabella was presumably named after her father's mother, Annabella Drummond. She was the youngest of the six daughters and two sons of James I and Joan Beaufort. Her sisters were Margaret, Isabella, Eleanor, Mary and Joan, and her brothers were James II of Scotland and his twin brother Alexander, who died in infancy.

Her first husband was Louis of Savoy, Count of Geneva whom she married in 1447 on either 1 April or 14 December. However, in the year 1458 they separated, divorced and the marriage was annulled upon the request of Charles VII of France.

Annabella returned to Scotland and married George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly. Notwithstanding this alliance, her ill fate pursued her, and she was legally divorced from her second husband by a sentence pronounced in the year 1471 which proceeded on the ground of consanguinity with his first wife, Elizabeth Dunbar, 8th Countess of Murray, as the two ladies were within the third and fourth degrees of relation.

Annabella and her second husband, the Earl of Huntly had issue:
Isabella (d. 1485), wife of William Hay, 3rd Earl of Errol (d. 1507).
Alexander (d. 1523), 3rd Earl of Huntly (as established in The Dictionary of National Biography, 1921–22).

She was thought also to have been mother to another four of his children, however this has not been proved nor disproved.
Lord Byron claimed descent from Princess Annabella through his mother, Catherine, daughter of George Gordon, 12th Lord of Gight. Byron wrote: "By her [Annabella] he [the 2nd Earl of Huntly] left four sons: the third, Sir William Gordon, I have the honour to claim as one of my progenitors."

Source: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annabella_of_Scotland
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The Master’s [of Huntly] second wife was the Princess Annabella Stewart, youngest daughter of King James I, whom he married before 10 March 1459-60, when he and she had a grant from her brother King James II, of two hundred merks of land of the lordship of Aboyne, resigned by the Earl of Huntly.

The Princess appears to have had no male issue, and six years after the marriage, the Master was again a-wooing.

Lady Annabella, according to Ferrerius, had only one child, a daughter.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol IV, Edinburgh, 1906, p. 528.
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Notes for Elizabeth (Spouse 3)
The Princess [Annabella] appears to have had no male issue, and six years after the marriage, the Master [of Huntly] was again a-wooing.

His affections were directed towards Elizabeth Hay, sister of Nicholas, Earl of Erroll, his brother-in-law, and on 12 May 1466 he swore on the Gospels that he would have no ‘actual delen’ with the lady until he could have her to wife lawfully.

He then seems to have instituted a process of divorce, on the ground that he had married Elizabeth Dunbar, from whom he was lawfully divorced, and that she was related in the third and fourth degrees of consanguinity to the Lady Annabella, to whom he himself was related in the same degrees of affinity.

On this ground and the evidence adduced, a divorce was solemnly pronounced at Aberdeen on 24 july 1471, and on 4, 11, and 18 August same year the banns of marriage between the Earl and Elizabeth Hay were published at the church of Fyvie. ... the marriage probably followed closely on the final proclamation of banns on 18 August 1471.

Elizabeth Hay survived her husband. The Canons of Aberdeen sued in January 1502-3 for £30 teind silver. In February 1504-5 she obtained letters against Alexander, Earl of Huntly, compelling him to pay £50 to her as his mother, and she was still alive on 27 June 1509, when she had an action against Janet, Lady Lindsay.

Elizabeth Hay was the mother of his sons and of some of the daughters.

The following are the names of his children:

1. Alexander, third Earl of Huntly.
2. Adam, second son, first names in his brother’s contract of marriage of 14 October 1474, which shows that even at that early date their marriage was arranged. he married, but at what date is not certain, Elizabeth, daughter and eventual heiress of John, eighth Earl of sutherland, and in her right he became Earl of sutherland.
3. William, who, in 1490, exchanged with his brother Adam the lands of Aboyne for those of Schivas. he was killed at Flodden, having married Janet Ogilvy, daughter of the Laird of Boyne, and was ancestor of the Gordons of Gight, from whom the famous Lord Byron descended.
4. James, brother of William, named in an entail of the lands of Schivas on 16 May 1498.
5. Janet, married to Alexander Lindsay, Master of Crawford, who died, it is said, in 1489, certainly before 1491.
6. Isabel, married to William, Earl of Erroll, according to Ferrerius, who states she was the daughter of the Lady Annabella Stewart
7. Elizabeth, married (contract dated 11 January 1481-82) to William, Earl Marischal.
8. Margaret, unmarried on 21 february 1490-91, when she or her sister Catherine were contracted to be married to Patrick Hepburn, first Earl of Bothwell. He chose Margaret, and married her, as his second wife, between February and April 1491.
9. Catherine, who had a romantic history. She was married in January 1495-96 to Perkin Warbeck, who claimed to be Richard Duke of York ...
10. Eleanor, whom it was proposed in 1504 to marry to John Crichton of Invernyte ...
11. Agnes, married to Sir Gilbert Hay of Hilmalamak, according to Ferrerius. They had a charter from King James IV on 20 August 1510.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol IV, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 526-31
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Gordon married thirdly, Elizabeth Hay, sister of Nicholas Hay, 2nd Earl of Erroll, George's brother-in-law
and swore a solemn oath to have no 'actual delen' with the lady until after they were married. He married Elizabeth Hay shortly after 18 August 1471.

He then married his mistress, Elizabeth Hay, on 12 May 1476; they had children:


Lady Catherine Gordon (died October 1537), probably a daughter of Elizabeth Hay, she married 1st, Perkin Warbeck (d. 1499) notorious for claiming to be Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York, one of the young princes who disappeared from history in the Tower of London; as his widow she married 2ndly, James Strangeways of Fyfield (d. 1515); a widow again she married Matthew Cradock of Swansea (d. 1531); and as her 4th husband married Christopher Assheton of Fyfield. She was well received at the court of Henry VII who styled her 'the White Rose'. She had no issue by any of her husbands.

Eleanor Gordon
Agnes Gordon
Elizabeth Gordon, in 1481 contracted to marry William Keith, 3rd Earl Marischal

Source: Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Gordon,_2nd_Earl_of_Huntly
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