AT DUNDEE, QUIlILK DAY THE HAILL PERSONS UNDERNAMIT WERE ENTERED, SWORN, AND ADMITTED BURGESSES AND BRETHEN OF THE SAID BURGH, GRATIS, viz.: JOHN, ERLE OF ROTHES, LORD HIGH CHANCELLOR OF SCOTLAND; JAMES, ERLE OF AIRLY; CHARLES, EARL OF ABOYNE; DAVID, LORD OGILVY; SIR JAMES CARNEGIE OF BALNAMONE.
CHARLES GORDON, first EARL OF ABOYNE, was the fourth son of GEORGE, second MARQUESS OF HUNTLY, and grandson of the first MARQUESS OF HUNTLY, who was admitted a Burgess of Dundee on 24th April, 1601 (vide page 89).
His mother was LADY ANNE CAMPBELL, sister of the first MARQUESS OF ARGYLL (vide page 121), and he was born circa 1620. He is described as "a man of great honour and loyalty, who adhered firmly to the interest of CHARLES I. and CHARLES II. during the Civil Wars, often exerting himself in their service, on which account he suffered many hardships."His faithfulness was recognized at the Restoration, and he was raised to the Peerage by patent, dated 10th September, 1660, with the titles of EARL OF ABOYNE and LORD GORDON OF STRATHAVON AND GLENLIVET. He died in March, 1681, leaving three sons and one daughter by his wife, LADY ELIZABETH LYON, daughter Of JOHN, second EARL OF KINGHORNE (vide page 117).