George Hamilton-Gordon, 5th Earl of Aberdeen

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Aberdeen
George Hamilton-Gordon, 5th Earl of Aberdeen
Member of Parliament
for Aberdeenshire
In office
Preceded by William Gordon
Succeeded by William Leslie
Personal details
Born George John James Hamilton-Gordon
28 September 1816
Bentley Priory, Hertfordshire, England
Died 22 March 1864(1864-03-22) (aged 47)
Haddo House, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Resting place Methlick, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Political party Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Mary Baillie
Children George Hamilton-Gordon, 6th Earl of Aberdeen
James Hamilton-Gordon
John Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair
Mary Hepburne-Scott, Lady Polwarth
Harriet Lindsay
Katherine Bruce, Lady Balfour of Burleigh
Parents George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen
Harriet Hamilton, Dowager Viscountess Hamilton
Alma mater Harrow School
Trinity College, Cambridge

George John James Hamilton-Gordon, 5th Earl of Aberdeen (28 September 1816 – 22 March 1864), styled Lord Haddo before 1860, was a British peer and Liberal Party politician.

Early life[edit]

Lord Haddo was born at Bentley Priory in Hertfordshire, the eldest son of the 4th Earl of Aberdeen and Harriet Hamilton, Dowager Viscountess Hamilton (née Harriet Douglas), widow of James Hamilton, Viscount Hamilton and granddaughter of James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton. He was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]


On 5 November 1840, he married Mary Baillie (a sister of the future 10th Earl of Haddington) at Taymouth Castle. They had six children:


His uncle, William Gordon, had retired as Member of Parliament for Aberdeenshire in 1854 and Haddo put himself forward as his successor. However, Haddo had contracted what was probably tuberculosis, and he went to Egypt to spend a few months in a warm climate. Despite being absent from Scotland and not having canvassed the constituency, Haddo won the election and returned to take his seat in the House of Commons, in good health, a year later. He left the Commons after inheriting his father's title in 1860 and made a second trip to Egypt. Aberdeen had previously converted to Evangelicalism and it was in Egypt that he campaigned for the Coptics to convert to his own faith.

Aberdeen later returned to Scotland and died at his home, Haddo House, in 1864. He was buried at Methlick and was succeeded by his eldest son, George. His last words were (when asked how he felt) "Perfectly comfortable". Hamilton-Gordon donated a large collection of antiquities that his father had collected to the British Museum in 1861.[3]


  1. ^ "Gordon, George John James (Lord Haddo) (GRDN834GJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ John Doran "Haddo: The House with Outstretched Arms", Leopard magazine, July 2002
  3. ^ British Museum Collection

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Gordon
Member of Parliament for Aberdeenshire
Succeeded by
William Leslie
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
George Hamilton-Gordon
Earl of Aberdeen
Succeeded by
George Hamilton-Gordon