4th earl of Huntly, George Gordon

(1513—1562) magnate

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Gordon's mother was an illegitimate daughter of James IV of Scotland. Huntly won a success against the English at Hadden Rigg in 1542, was a regent after the death of James V, but was captured by Somerset at Pinkie Cleugh in 1547. In 1546–9 he was chancellor [S] and again in 1561, but lost favour with Mary after her return from France. When she gave the earldom of Moray, which he claimed, to her illegitimate brother Lord James Stewart, Huntly rose in rebellion. His troops were defeated at Corrichie and he died immediately after the battle, being ‘gross, corpulent and of short breath’.

Subjects: British History.

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