Parentage Family TreeEdit
|John Gordon, Lord Gordon||Lady Margaret Stewart|
|Alexander Gordon||James Gordon||George Gordon, 4th Earl of Huntly|
Offspring Family TreeEdit
|George Gordon, 4th Earl of Huntly||Elizabeth Keith|
|Thomas Gordon||George Gordon, 5th Earl of Huntly||Margaret Gordon||Lady Jean Gordon||Lady Elizabeth Gordon||Alexander Gordon, Lord Gordon||Sir John Gordon of Ogilvy||Sir Adam Gordon|
He was the son of John Gordon, Lord Gordon, and Margaret Stewart, Daughter of James IV. George Gordon inherited his earldom and estates in 1524 at age 10. As commander of the King's Army he defeated the English at the Battle of Haddon Rig in 1542, was a member of the council of Regency under Arran and Cardinal Beaton and succeeded as Chancellor on the murder of Beaton in 1546. He was captured at Pinkie in 1547 but escaped and in 1550 accompanied Mary of Guise to France. He joined the Lords of the Congregation in 1560 and was prepared to accept Mary, Queen of Scots, until she transferred the Earldom of Moray, which had been given to the Earl of Huntly in 1549, to her half-brother Lord James Stewart, at which point he withdrew to his estates in the North-East of Scotland.
Mary I of Scotland toured the north-east in August 1562, and was refused entry to Inverness Castle on Gordon's orders. The Queen's forces captured the Castle before moving to Aberdeen where she issued a summons for Gordon. He refused to answer and was outlawed. He marched on Aberdeen but was defeated by James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray at the Battle of Corrichie in October 1562. He died of apoplexy after his capture, and his son, Sir John was executed in Aberdeen. Huntly was posthumously forfeited by parliament in May 1563.
George Gordon, 4th Earl of Huntly succeeded to the title of 4th Earl of Huntly [S., 1445] on 21 January 1523/24. He held the office of Lord Chancellor [Scotland] between 1546 and 1549. He was decorated with the award of Knight, Order of St. Michael of France in 1548. He was created 1st Earl of Moray [Scotland] on 13 February 1548/49. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) [Scotland]. He held the office of Lieutenant-General of the North. He held the office of Lord Chancellor [Scotland] from 1561 to 1562.