Known as one of the great families of the north-east, the Gordons can trace their origins back to the Normans.
The first mention of the family in Scottish history came during the reigns of Malcolm IV and William the Lion and is of a Richard de Gordon who was mentioned numerous times and likely died around the start of the 13th century.
Later, a Sir Adam de Gordon would go on to be a staunch supporter of Robert the Bruce during the Scottish War of Independence at the start of the 14th century and was one of the ambassadors sent to Rome to petition for the removal of an ex-communication sent by the pope against Bruce following his murder of rival claimant to the Scottish throne, John Comyn in 1306.
For his services during this conflict, the King rewarded Gordon with the lands of Strathbogie in modern-day Aberdeenshire and its castle which would subsequently be renamed, Huntly Castle.
After the Gordons grew in stature following the collapse of their great rivals – the Douglases – they would expand their castle at Huntly which would have rivalled any of the great houses of Scotland at the time.
The clan would go on to fight on the Jacobite side during the uprisings of 1715 and 1745 despite the clan chief at the time, the Duke of Gordon, pledging allegiance to the British Hanoverian Government (the opposing side in the war).
Today, with the castle at Huntly in a state of ruin, the clan seat is located at Aboyne. The current clan chief is Granville Gordon, 13th Marquess of Huntly.