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George Gordon, first earl of Aberdeen (1637–1720) by unknown artist private collection; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London


Gordon, George, first earl of Aberdeen (1637–1720), judge and politician, was born on 3 October 1637, the second son of Sir John Gordon of Haddo, first baronet (d. 1644), an Aberdeenshire laird, and of Mary, daughter of William Forbes of Tolquhon, also an ...