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Sir Alexander Gordon 1st Earl of Huntly #52ancestors

Born to Alexander Seton and Lady Elizabeth Gordon in Huntly, Scotland, Alexander took the family name of his mother when he became Lord Gordon. He married Lady Elizabeth Crichton, the mother of Lady Jane Forbes, and Lady Jean Cuming. He was the grandson of Sir Adam Gordon of Gordon and Sir William Seton of Seton, and he is my 12th great grandfather...    

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He was the son of Alexander Seton, Lord Gordon (d. 1440) (2nd son of Sir William Seton of that Ilk), by his spouse Elizabeth Gordon (d. 16 March 1439), daughter and heiress of Sir Adam Gordon of that Ilk.[1] In 1435 he accompanied the princess Margaret to France to marry the 9th Dauphin of France.[2] In a charter dated 23 February 1439–40, he is styled Sir Alexander Seton of Tullibody, heir of Elizabeth Gordon. The charter confirmed an earlier exchange of lands between Sir William Keith and Margaret Fraser (his maternal grandparents) and William Lindsay, Lord of Byres exchanging lands for that of Dunottar.[3]
He succeeded his father as Lord Gordon before April 1441.[2] Alexander then resigned his lands to the king on 3 April 1441 and in return was granted a charter to himself and his wife Elizabeth of the lordships of Gordon, county Berwick; StrathbogieAboyne, Glentanner and Glenmuick, in Aberdeenshire; and Panbride in county Forfar; to be held in liferent and by their son George Gordon in fee as well as his lawful male heirs.[4]
c. 1445 Alexander was raised to the peerage, created the first Earl of Huntly by king James II of Scotland, sometime before 3 July of that year when he witnessed a charter to James Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton under that title.[5] Later in the year he was present at the gates of Arbroath Abbey when the Ogilvies and Lindsays were disputing their claims to the office of justiciary of that abbey; where the Ogilvies were defeated and Earl Alexander, there in support of that family, had to flee the field himself.[5]

Tomb of Alexander Gordon, in Elgin Cathedral
He was embroiled in struggles against the Douglases, against the Lords of the Isles, and against the Lindsay earls of Crawford while being closely aligned with William Crichton, the Chancellor.[6] On 28 April 1451 he received a charter from the king of the lordship of Badenoch and the castle of Ruthven.[7] Gordon fought on the King's side against the Douglases during The Douglas Rebellion and soundly defeated the Crawfords at the Battle of Brechin 18 May 1452.[8]
Alexander died 15 July 1540 at Huntly Castle[1] and was buried in Elgin Cathedral.[9]               


Alexander Gordon (Seton), 1st Earl of Huntly is my 12th great grandfather.
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your father →  Rufus S. Nichols 
his father →  Tressie (King) Nichols 
his mother →  Michael O. King 
her father →  Margaret (Wright) King 
his mother → James Wingfield Wright 
her father →  Mary Whitledge Grant 
his mother →  William Grant, of Crichie 
her father →  Elizabeth Grant 
his mother → William Leslie, X. Baron of Balquhain 
her father →  Janet "Jane" Forbes, Countess of Athlon 
his mother →  John Forbes, 6th Lord Forbes 
her father → Lady Christine Forbes (Gordon) 
his mother →  Alexander Gordon (Seton), 1st Earl of Huntly 
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