A Gordon for Me by Robert Wilson
Glasgow based artist Ross Sinclair joined us over the summer in 2011 to examine the heritage of Huntly’s Gordon clan through a contemporary lens.
The incredible story of the appearance of the Gordons of Huntly after the Battle of Bannockburn was just the beginning of 500 years of extreme drama. For hundreds of years the Gordon Earls and Dukes were some of the most powerful men in Scotland, second only to the Kings and their heirs. Their story comprises power shifts, battles, intrigue, endless castle building, ransacking, (dis)loyalty to the Kings and Queens of the day, death, disinheritance and finally the lack of an heir leading to the passing of the titles with the death of the Last Duchess of Gordon in 1864. That is with the exception of the title of Marquis, which continues nearby to this day with Granville Gordon, 13th Marquis of Huntly and Earl of Aboyne. But what role do the Gordons play in contemporary Scotland?