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GORDON, Adam 9th of that Ilk, Sir
(About 1291-1346)
GORDON, John 10th of that Ilk
(About 1325-Before 1375)
GORDON, Adam 12th of that Ilk, 'Lord of Gordon', Sir
(About 1357-1402)


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1. KEITH, Elizabeth 'lady of Aboyne'

GORDON, Adam 12th of that Ilk, 'Lord of Gordon', Sir 1 2 3

  • Born: About 1357
  • Marriage (1): KEITH, Elizabeth 'lady of Aboyne' 1
  • Died: 14 September 1402, Battle of Homildon Hill, Northumberland, England 1

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  General Notes:

"SIR ADAM GORDON succeeded to his brother. In October 1398 he was, on account of 'unmesurit harmes,' excepted from free exchange of prisoners on the Marches, and was obliged to appear before the Border Commissioners as a common truce-breaker under a fine of 1000. On 20 January 1398-99 he granted, as Adam Gordon, lord of that Ilk, a bond to William le Bard of Kirkwood. When the Earl of March in 1400 passed to the service of King Henry IV. and his Scottish estates were forfeited, Gordon was granted the superiority of his lands of Gordon and Fogo, and thus attained baronial rank. He is styled Lord of Gordon among the barons in the English accounts of the battle of Homildon, and Sir Adam Gordon, Knight, in writs of a later date, which corroborates the story told by Bower, and elaborated by Sir Walter Scott in his drama of Homildon Hill, how the Lord of Gordon, charmed by the bold advice of Sir John Swinton, though their families had been long at feud, sprang from his horse, knelt at Sir John's feet, and begged the honour of knighthood at his hand. They then rushed side by side against the enemy, and fell together in the battle on 14 September 1402. Bower carefully distinguishes Gordon before his receiving the accolade as Lord of Gordon, and after it as Sir Adam Gordon, Knight. He is so designed in charters to his daughter after his death."

from Scots Peerage 1

Adam married Elizabeth KEITH 'lady of Aboyne', daughter of Sir William DE KEITH Great Marischal of Scotland and Margaret FRASER heiress of Touchfraser.1 (Elizabeth KEITH 'lady of Aboyne' was born about 1358 and died by 1437 1.)

  Marriage Notes:

"Sir Adam, according to Ferrerius, married the only daughter of the Laird of Somerville, but this seems to be a perversion of a fact to be stated later. There is better evidence that his wife was Elizabeth Keith, fourth daughter of Sir William Keith, Marischal of Scotland, by his wife, Margaret Fraser, only child and heiress of Sir John Fraser, and granddaughter of Sir Alexander Fraser, who held the
territory of Aboyne and other lands in the shires of Aberdeen, Kincardine, and Forfar. The marriage probably took place before or about 1380, as Elizabeth Keith's eldest sister, Muriel, married, in 1379, as his second wife, Robert,
Earl of Fife and Menteith.......
... Sir Adam Gordon and Elizabeth Keith had issue a son and daughter :
1. JOHN.
2. ELIZABETH, who succeeded her brother"

from Scots Peerage 1


1 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 4 (1907).

2 Internet Site,

3 e-books, Politics and protestant Lordship in North East Scotland during the reign of James VI: The life of George Keith, fourth Earl Marischal, 1554-1623 by Miles Kerr-Peterson (2016) PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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