Alexander Hamilton-Gordon (British Army officer, born 1817)

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Sir Alexander Hamilton-Gordon
Born 11 December 1817
Died 18 May 1890
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank General
Commands held Eastern District.
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

General Sir Alexander Hamilton-Gordon KCB (11 December 1817 – 18 May 1890), was a Scottish soldier and Liberal Party politician.

Military career[edit]

Hamilton-Gordon was the second son of Prime Minister George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, by his second marriage to Harriet, daughter of the Hon. John Douglas.[1] Arthur Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Baron Stanmore, was his younger brother.[1] He served in the British Army and saw action at the Battle of Balaclava in October 1854 during the Crimean War.[2] He went on to be General Officer Commanding Eastern District in January 1872.[3]

Apart from his military career he was also an Honorary Equerry to Queen Victoria and sat as Member of Parliament for Aberdeenshire East between 1875 and 1885.[4]

Hamilton-Gordon married Caroline Emilia Mary, daughter of Sir John Herschel, 1st Baronet, in 1852. They had five sons and four daughters. His eldest son Alexander also became a successful soldier. Hamilton-Gordon died in May 1890, aged 72. Lady Hamilton-Gordon survived him by 19 years and died in January 1909.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen". Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Grehan, John; Mace, Martin (2014). "British Battles of the Crimean Wars 1854-1856: Despatches from the Front". Pen & Sword Military. ISBN 978-1781593301. 
  3. ^ "Army Commands" (PDF). Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sir Alexander Gordon". Hansard. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Caroline Emilia Mary Herschel". The Retrieved 24 November 2015. 


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Military offices
Preceded by
Freeman Murray
GOC Eastern District
January 1872 – April 1872
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Greathed
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Dingwall Fordyce
Member of Parliament for Aberdeenshire East
Succeeded by
Peter Esslemont