William Gordon (Royal Navy officer, born 1784)

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For Rear Admiral William Gordon, see William Gordon (Royal Navy officer, born 1705).
William Gordon
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William Gordon by Henry William Pickersgill
Born 18 December 1784
Died 3 February 1858 (1858-02-04) (aged 73)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Vice-Admiral
Commands held Nore Command

Vice-Admiral William Gordon (18 December 1784 – 3 February 1858)[1] was a Scottish naval commander and Tory[2] politician.

Naval career[edit]

Gordon was the second son of George Gordon, Lord Haddo, son of George Gordon, 3rd Earl of Aberdeen.[3] His mother was Charlotte, daughter of William Baird,[3] while Prime Minister George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, and Sir Robert Gordon were his brothers. He joined the Royal Navy in 1797 and went on to be Fourth Naval Lord from 1841 to 1846 and Commander-in-Chief, The Nore from 1854 to 1857.[3] He was elected at a by-election in September 1820 as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Aberdeenshire,[2] and held the seat until August 1854,[1] when he resigned by taking the Chiltern Hundreds.[4]

Gordon died in February 1858[3] and Cape Gordon on Vega Island in the Antarctic is now called after him.[5]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Ferguson
Member of Parliament for Aberdeenshire
Succeeded by
Lord Haddo
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir James Dundas
Fourth Naval Lord
Succeeded by
Henry Rous
Preceded by
Josceline Percy
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Harvey