George Gordon, 3rd Earl of Aberdeen

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George Gordon, 3rd Earl of Aberdeen (19 June 1722 – 13 August 1801), styled Lord Haddo until 1745, was a Scottish peer. He sat in the House of Lords as a Scottish Representative Peer from 1747 to 1761, and from 1774 to 1790. He was against William Pitt the Younger's Regency Bill.[1]

Family[edit]

Aberdeen was the son of William Gordon, 2nd Earl of Aberdeen, by his second wife Lady Susan, daughter of John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl.

Lord Aberdeen married Catherine Elizabeth Hanson (ca 1730-March 1817 Rudding Park House), daughter of Oswald Hanson, in 1759; they had six children. According to recent sources, she was the cook at the Stafford Arms in Wakefield, and a handsome woman of 29. She apparently blackmailed him into marriage with a loaded pistol after he had seduced her:[2]

Lord Aberdeen, known as the "Wicked Earl" for his exploitation of his tenantry through 19-year-leases as well as his private life, also had children by at least three mistresses:[5]

  • (by his London housekeeper Mrs Forest) John Gordon, who was born at Cairnbulg Castle, near Fraserburgh
  • (by an unknown woman) Charles Gordon, who was born at Wiscombe Park, in Devon
  • (by Penelope Dering, a lady from Sussex) a son (Alexander Gordon) and daughter, who were born at Ellon Castle.

Lord Aberdeen died in August 1801, aged 79. The Countess of Aberdeen died at Rudding Park in March 1817.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p2471.htm". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  2. ^ John Doran "Haddo: The House with Outstretched Arms, Leopard magazine, July 2002
  3. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "Lady Catherine Gordon". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  4. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p2471.htm". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  5. ^ "Mrs Forest, the former housekeeper of his London home, was brought to the newly acquired Cairnbulg Castle, near Fraserburgh, to deliver him a son called John; an illegitimate daughter was accommodated in the London house; yet another, unknown woman was housed at Wiscombe Park, in Devon, where she gave the Earl a son, Charles; his castle at Ellon housed ‘a lady of charm called Penelope Dering’, a friend of one of his legitimate daughters, who gave him a daughter and a son." Source: John Doran "Haddo: The House with Outstretched Arms, Leopard magazine, July 2002
  6. ^ http://www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk/online/content/Aberdeen1682.htm#ABERDEEN_1682_2
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
William Gordon
Earl of Aberdeen
1745–1801
Succeeded by
George Hamilton-Gordon