Name: William Gordon
Suffix: 5th of Gight
Birth: BEF 1558
Change Date: 20 JAN 2011
Had 14 children.
In February 1592, the Earl of Huntly received news in Edinburgh, that Moray had recently arrived at his castle of Donnibristle in Fife. Huntly at once set out ?with forty gentlemen?, among whom were William Gordon of Gight, his brother Captain John Gordon and Thomas Gordon of Cluny, whose brother had been slain at Darnaway.
Captain John Gordon was sent up to the castle by Huntly, to ?desire the earl of Moray to give over the house, and render himself up? but as he approached the castle (having apparently not learned much from events at Darnaway!), he was shot and severely wounded. The castle was then attacked and set fire to, and although Moray at first managed to escape from the flames, the Gordons it is said, tracked him down by the flames from a silken tassel that had caught fire on his night cap as he escaped from the burning castle! It was said afterwards that Huntly gave orders that the earl should be taken alive, however the laird of Cluny, whose brother had been slain at Darnaway and the laird of Gight, whose brother lay ?deadly wounded before his eyes?, caught up with him on the seashore and stabbed him to death. It is said (by some sources, but not all) that it was William Gordon of Gight that struck the final and fatal blows, with a dagger to the earl?s face, earning himself the Bonny Earl?s dying words ?you have spoiled a better face than your own?!
Huntly, perhaps sensing the trouble that was to come, withdrew into the north, leaving Captain John Gordon, who was too badly wounded to travel, at Inverkeithing. He was captured there by the former earl of Moray?s supporters, and after a quick trail, executed at Edinburgh ?being scarce able to live one day longer for his wound received at Donnibristle?. The evidence of the vicious murder can still be seen, for the Bonnie Earl?s outraged mother, herself badly burned in the fire, commissioned a portrait of his mutilated body, which still hangs at Darnaway Castle.
William Gordon and his spouse, Isobel Ochterlony, had seven sons and seven daughters. All the boys followed in the footsteps of their sire one of the daughters, even, was charged with a brutal assault on a man ; and the grandchildren of the laird (the sons of his sons and of his daughters alike) became notorious.
(House of Gordon)
Father: John Gordon b: ABT 1504
Mother: Marjory Gordon
Isabel or Margaret Ochterlony b: ABT 1543 in Kelly, Abeerdenshire, Scotland
- George Gordon
- Christian Gordon
- Marjorie Gordon b: ABT 1565 in Gight, Fyvie, Aberdeenshire
- John Gordon
- Text: IGI