Lewis Gordon (Jacobite)

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Lord Lewis Gordon (died 1754) was a Scottish Jacobite.


Gordon was the third son of Alexander Gordon, 2nd Duke of Gordon, and Lady Henrietta Mordaunt, daughter of Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough. He was for some time a lieutenant in the navy, but on the outbreak of the Rebellion of 1745 he joined the cause of the Stuarts. On 16 October 1745 he swore allegiance to Prince Charles Edward at Holyrood, representing, it was believed, his brother, Cosmo George Gordon, 3rd Duke of Gordon.

Lewis then formed one of the prince's council instituted at Edinburgh. He raised a regiment of two battalions in Banffshire and Aberdeenshire, and with this levy defeated loyalist forces under the Laird of Macleod, at the Battle of Inverurie, 23 December 1745. He then marched to Perth and joined the main army of the insurgents.

After the Battle of Culloden he escaped abroad, and died in France on 15 June 1754. He was unmarried. His name was familiarised in Scotland in a popular Jacobite air.



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Gordon, Lewis". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.