GORDON, George Cornet
- Baptised: 7 September 1690
- Died: 1703, Ghent, Belgium
This baptismal entry may apply to this man, though the dates to modern eyes look too neat:
"Old Parish Register
Fordyce Parish Banffshire
eodem die (Septr 7 same as previous entry)
John Gordon of Fasken a naturall sone baptised called George witnesses George Gordon in Banff & George Gordon in Bankhead"
"489- George. 1699, Cornet, Brig. Cunningham's Dgns., previously 'in their Majestie's Gds. in Scotland'. Cunningham's Dgns., formed in 1691 of six independent troops of horse, raised for service in Scotland, in 1690, for the suppression of the Jacobite war, left Scotland for Holland 1694, Feb., where, 1696, Oct. 11, Cunningham was succeeded by William Lord Jedburgh; reg. returned to Scotland, 1698, Mar.; there is nothing to show when Gordon left the reg., or whether he served under Lord Jedburgh.
Son of John, of Artloch, and nephew of William, II. of Farskane; d. at Ghent. 1703, Jan., will, proved by his brother, John, 857, mentions 3000 merks due to him by [his kinsman] John Gordon of Rothiemay [who predeceased him] by a bond dated 1692, Apr. (Edin. Test., vol. 81)."
from Gordons Under Arms 1
This was the lowest rank of commissioned officer in the British cavalry. At this time a rank could be purchased and does not seem to have had any age restriction. These conditions were abolished in the mid-nineteenth century.