Dudley Gordon, 3rd Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair

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Lieutenant-Colonel Dudley Gladstone Gordon, 3rd Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair DSO (6 May 1883 – 16 April 1972), styled Lord Dudley Gordon from 1916 to 1965, was a British peer, soldier, and industrialist.

Aberdeen was the second son of John Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair, and his wife Ishbel, daughter of Dudley Marjoribanks, 1st Baron Tweedmouth. He attended Harrow School and was awarded an honorary doctorate of Law from the University of Aberdeen. He worked for J. and E. Hall Ltd (an engineering company based in Dartmouth) from 1907 and became a director in 1910.

He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 8th Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders in 1914. He was shortly thereafter transferred to the 9th Battalion as a temporary captain, and was later promoted to temporary major. In 1917, he received the Distinguished Service Order for gallantry in supervising the construction of two artillery tracks under enemy fire.[1] He later gained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and served as commander of the 8/10th Battalion from 1917 to 1919.

Aberdeen was President of the British Association for Refrigeration from 1926 to 1929, President of the British Engineers Association from 1936 to 1939, and President of the Federation of British Industries between 1940 and 1943, as well as serving as President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.[2]


Lord Aberdeen and Temair married, firstly, Cécile Elizabeth Drummond (7 August 1878 – 17 September 1948), daughter of George James Drummond, on 25 April 1907. They had five children:

He married, secondly, Margaret Gladys Munn (died 22 November 1990) on 17 June 1949.


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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Gordon
Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair
Succeeded by
David Gordon
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Oliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid
President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Succeeded by
E. William Gregson