George John Robert Gordon

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George John Robert Gordon (1812-1912) was a British diplomat who served as Minister Plenipotentiary to the Swiss Confederation from 1854 until 1858.

He was born on 4 March 1812, the oldest child of Alexander Gordon and Albinia Elizabeth Cumberland;[1] and joined the diplomatic service in 1833. He served at Stockholm, Stuttgart, Rio de Janeiro, Hanover and Berne. He married Rosa Justina Young in Rio in 1843 and they had three children:[2]

  • Cosmo Frederick Maitland Gordon (b.1843) - naval officer
  • Alicia Albinia Georgiana Gordon (1845-1930) - married as a Gräfin von Dillen−Spiering
  • Arthur John Lewis Gordon (1847-1918) - British diplomat,[3] married 1885 Caroline Augusta Hamilton Gordon, daughter of Colonel Sir Alexander Hamilton Gordon (1817-1890)

After 30 years of marriage, however, Gordon declared himself a bachelor and married again.[4] He died 1912 in Würzburg.


  1. ^ Armigerous Descents
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  4. ^ THE GORDON MARRIAGE CASE Dundee Courier (Dundee, Scotland), Tuesday, August 12, 1873; pg. 6; Issue 6253
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Charles Murray
Minister Plenipotentiary to the Swiss Confederation
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Harris