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Alexander Gordon, 1st Earl of Huntly was born on an unknown date to Alexander Seton, Lord Gordon (-c1440) and Elizabeth Gordon (-1439) and died 15 July 1470 in Huntly Castle, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland of unspecified causes. He married Egidia Hay circa 8 January 1426 JL . He married Elizabeth Crichton (-c1470) circa 1438 JL .

Alexander Seton, 1st Earl of Huntly (died 15 July 1470) at some point he began using his mother's family family name of Gordon, possibly when he succeeded his father as Lord Gordon. He was a powerful 15th century Scottish magnate. Alexander was knighted in 1439/1440 and was Lord of Badenoch, Gordon, Strathbogie and Cluny.

Life

He was the son of Alexander Seton, Lord Gordon (d. 1440) (2nd son of Sir William Seton of that Ilk), by his spouse Elizabeth Gordon (d. 16 March 1439), daughter and heiress of Sir Adam Gordon of that Ilk. In 1435 he accompanied the princess Margaret to France to marry the 9th Dauphin of France. In a charter dated 23 February 1439–40, he is styled Sir Alexander Seton of Tullibody, heir of Elizabeth Gordon. The charter confirmed an earlier exchange of lands between Sir William Keith and Margaret Fraser (his maternal grandparents) and William Lindsay, Lord of Byres exchanging lands for that of Dunottar.

He succeeded his father as Lord Gordon before April 1441. Alexander then resigned his lands to the king on 3 April 1441 and in return was granted a charter to himself and his wife Elizabeth of the lordships of Gordon, county Berwick; Strathbogie, Aboyne, Glentanner and Glenmuick, in Aberdeenshire; and Panbride in county Forfar; to be held in liferent and by their son George Gordon in fee as well as his lawful male heirs.

c. 1445 Alexander was raised to the peerage, created the first Earl of Huntly by king James II of Scotland, sometime before 3 July of that year when he witnessed a charter to James Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton under that title. Later in the year he was present at the gates of Arbroath Abbey when the Ogilvies and Lindsays were disputing their claims to the office of justiciary of that abbey; where the Ogilvies were defeated and Earl Alexander, there in support of that family, had to flee the field himself. Tomb of Alexander Gordon, in Elgin Cathedral

He was embroiled in struggles against the Douglases, against the Lords of the Isles, and against the Lindsay earls of Crawford while being closely aligned with William Crichton, the Chancellor. On 28 April 1451 he received a charter from the king of the lordship of Badenoch and the castle of Ruthven. Gordon fought on the King's side against the Douglases during The Douglas Rebellion and soundly defeated the Crawfords at the Battle of Brechin 18 May 1452.

Alexander died 15 July 1540 at Huntly Castle[1] and was buried in Elgin Cathedral.

Family

Alexander Gordon married first, c. 8 January 1426 Egidia Hay, daughter and heir of John Hay of Tullibody. Together they had a son:

  • Alexander Seton, ancestor of the Setons of Touch, and Abercorn; succeeded to his mother's lands.

He obtained an annulment to this marriage in 1438 in order to marry Elizabeth Crichton, daughter of William Crichton, the Chancellor of Scotland. Alexander and Elizabeth had the following children:

  • George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly, succeeded to the earldom and his father's lordships
  • Alexander Gordon of Midmar, later of Abergeldie
  • Adam Gordon, Dean of Caithness
  • William Gordon
  • Margaret Gordon, before 9 November 1457 contracted to marry Nicholas Hay, 2nd Earl of Erroll but for some reason did not and married her sister Elizabeth.
  • Elizabeth Gordon (died 17 Apr 1500), married Nicholas Hay, 2nd Earl of Erroll, and then as his second wife John Kennedy, 2nd Lord Kennedy, and had issue by both husbands
  • Christian Gordon, married William Forbes, 3rd Lord Forbes, on 8 July 1468, and had issue
  • Lady Catherine Gordon, on 30 September 1461 she was contracted to marry Archibald (then aged 12), eldest son of George Douglas, 4th Earl of Angus but the marriage did not take place.

Alexander Gordon had two additional children by a daughter of Cumming of Altyre, identified by her byname 'the Fair Maid of Moray' but there is no record of a marriage between them. They were:

  • Janet, married to James Innes of Innes (she died 1470–73)
  • Margaret, married in 1484 to Hew Rose, 6th Lord of Kilravock (she died c. 1506



Children


Offspring of Alexander Gordon, 1st Earl of Huntly and Egidia Hay
Name Birth Death Joined with
Alexander Seton

Offspring of Alexander Gordon, 1st Earl of Huntly and Elizabeth Crichton (-c1470)
Name Birth Death Joined with
George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly (bef1455-1501) 1441 8 June 1501 Stirling Castle, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom Elizabeth Dunbar (-)
Annabelle Stewart (1432-1509)
Elizabeth Hay (-)

Alexander Gordon
Adam Gordon
William Gordon
Margaret Gordon
Elizabeth Gordon (c1445-1500) 1445 15 April 1500 Nicholas Hay, 2nd Earl of Erroll (-1470)
John Kennedy, 2nd Lord Kennedy of Dunure (bef1454-c1508)

Christian Gordon
Catherine Gordon

Offspring of Alexander Gordon, 1st Earl of Huntly and Unknown Cumming
Name Birth Death Joined with
Janet Gordon (-c1470)
Margaret Gordon (-c1506)

Siblings


Offspring of Alexander Seton, Lord Gordon and Elizabeth Gordon (-1439)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Alexander Gordon, 1st Earl of Huntly (-1470) 15 July 1470 Huntly Castle, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Egidia Hay
Elizabeth Crichton (-c1470)
unknown Cumming

William Seton (-1452)
Henry Seton (-1452)
Elizabeth Seton (-1449)

Residences

Footnotes (including sources)

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Contributors

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