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CELTIC KNOT  Gordon  CELTIC KNOT
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CREST: Out of a crest coronet a buck'shead cabossed, Proper, attired Or.
MOTTO: Bydand
TRANSLATION: Remaining
PLANT: Ivy
GAELIC NAME: Gordon
ORIGIN OF NAME: Place name: Berwickshire.
WAR CRY: A Gordon! A Gordon!
PIPE MUSIC: The Gordon's March
CELTIC KNOT  Gordon History  CELTIC KNOT
The Gordon's are an ancient family probably descended from the Gorduni, a tribe in Ancient Gaul, whose ivy leaf emblem is the badge of the clan to this day.
The first Gordon's in Scotland came to England from Normandy with William the Conqueror and found their way north with the Norman-loving sons of Malcolm III. They were a fighting clan. Adam de Gordon joined Louis XI of France on a Crusade in 1270, and a Gordon is said to have killed Richard the Lion Heart of England.
The Gordon's supported Wallace and Bruce in the Wars of Independence. Sir Adam Gordon was Bruce's ambassador to the Pope and bearer of the Declaration of Arbroath (the document declaring Scottish Independence in 1320). The estates eventually came to an heiress, Elizabeth, who married Alexander Seton. Her son was created Earl of Huntly in 1449.
Huntly Castle was said to resemble a royal palace because of the feasts and jousting that went on. James IV arranged for the marriage of Lady Catherine Gordon, a famed beauty called "The White Rose of Scotland", to Perkin Warbeck, pretender to the English throne. Warbeck claimed to be one of the princes who was supposed to have been murdered in the Tower by Richard III. He was eventually captured and executed. His wife died in 1537, three husbands later.
The 4th Marquis was created the Duke of Gordon in 1684. The chief of the Gordons was invariably known as "The Cock of the North", a tribute to the clan's immense power and influence. In 1798 Jean, Duchess of Gordon, raised the 2nd Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders. She placed the king's shilling between her lips and the Highlanders came in hundreds to receive "a kiss o' the Duchess Jean".
On the death of the 5th Duke without issue in 1836 the chiefship passed to the Earl of Aboyne, who became Marquis of Huntly. John, the 5th Earl of Haddo, was imprisoned in a hole in St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh called "Haddo' s Hole"and executed in 1644 for supporting Charles I.
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