Robert Gordon (diplomat)

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Sir Robert Gordon Lithograph by Josef Kriehuber, 1846

Sir Robert Gordon GCB GCH PC (1791 – 8 October 1847) was a British 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.[1] 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. He died in 1847 as the result of choking on a fish bone. Albert, Victoria's Prince Consort, bought the estate from his trustees a year later as a gift for his wife.


  1. ^ "Gordon, Robert (GRDN809R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Lamb
British Ambassador to Austria
Succeeded by
The Viscount Ponsonby