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George Hamilton-Gordon, 5th Earl Of Aberdeen

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Gender Male
Death157 years ago
Date of birth September 28,1816
Zodiac sign Libra
Born Bentley Priory Museum
Stanmore
United Kingdom
Date of died March 22,1864
DiedHaddo House
United Kingdom
Party Liberal Party
Children John Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair
George Hamilton-Gordon, 6th Earl of Aberdeen
Resting placeMethlick
Aberdeenshire
Education Harrow School
Trinity College
Parents George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen
Current partnerLady Mary Baillie
Grandchildren George Gordon, 2nd Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair
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George Hamilton-Gordon, 5th Earl Of Aberdeen Life story


George John James Hamilton-Gordon, 5th Earl of Aberdeen, styled Lord Haddo before 1860, was a British peer and Liberal Party politician.

George John James Hamilton-Gordon, 5th Earl of Aberdeen (28 September 1816 – 22 March 1864), styled Lord Haddo before 1860, was a British peer and Liberal Party politician.

Early life


Lord Haddo was born at Bentley Priory in Hertfordshire, the eldest son of the 4th Earl of Aberdeen and Harriet Hamilton, Dowager Viscountess Hamilton (née Harriet Douglas), widow of James Hamilton, Viscount Hamilton and granddaughter of James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton. He was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge.

Marriage


On 5 November 1840, he married Mary Baillie (a sister of the future 10th Earl of Haddington) at Taymouth Castle. They had six children:

George Hamilton-Gordon, 6th Earl of Aberdeen (1841–1870); died unmarried.

Mary Hamilton-Gordon (1844–1914); married Walter Hepburne-Scott, 8th Lord Polwarth.

James Henry Hamilton-Gordon (1845–1868); committed suicide, which was passed off as a rifle accident, in his rooms in Cambridge.

John Campbell Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair (1847–1934)

Harriet Hamilton-Gordon (1849–1942); married William Lindsay.

Katherine Eliza Hamilton-Gordon (1852–1931); married Alexander Bruce, 6th Lord Balfour of Burleigh.

Career


His uncle, William Gordon, had retired as Member of Parliament for Aberdeenshire in 1854 and Haddo put himself forward as his successor. However, Haddo had contracted what was probably tuberculosis, and he went to Egypt to spend a few months in a warm climate. Despite being absent from Scotland and not having canvassed the constituency, Haddo won the election and returned to take his seat in the House of Commons, in good health, a year later. He left the Commons after inheriting his father's title in 1860 and made a second trip to Egypt. Aberdeen had previously converted to Evangelicalism and it was in Egypt that he campaigned for the Coptics to convert to his own faith.

Aberdeen later returned to Scotland and died at his home, Haddo House, in 1864. He was buried at Methlick and was succeeded by his eldest son, George. His last words were (when asked how he felt) "Perfectly comfortable". Hamilton-Gordon donated a large collection of antiquities that his father had collected to the British Museum in 1861.

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External links


Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by George Hamilton-Gordon, 5th Earl of Aberdeen

Portraits of Mary (Baillie), Countess of Aberdeen at the National Portrait Gallery, London

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