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.
ChildrenAlexander , M
 Agnes , F (~1459-)
Notes for George (Spouse 1)
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

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

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.

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