Robert Gordon (diplomat)
Gordon was a younger son of George Gordon, Lord Haddo (himself the eldest son of the 3rd Earl of Aberdeen) and a brother of the 4th Earl of Aberdeen. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge. From 1826 to 1828, he was Envoy Extraordinary to Brazil, to the Ottoman Empire from 1828 to 1831 and to Austria from 1841 to 1847.
In 1830, he acquired a long-term lease of Balmoral Castle and entertained Queen Victoria and Prince Albert there shortly before his death in 1847 (from choking on a fish bone). Albert later bought the estate from his trustees a year later as a gift for his wife.
- Stephen, Leslie; Lee, Sidney, eds. (1890). "Gordon, Robert (1791-1847)". Dictionary of National Biography 22. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- "Gordon, Robert (GRDN809R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
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