GORDON, Sir John, 2nd Bt. (?1707-83), of Invergordon, Cromarty.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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30 Dec. 1742 - 1747
1754 - 1761

Family and Education

b. ?1707, 1st s. of Sir William Gordon, M.P., 1st Bt., of Invergordon by Isobel, da. of Sir John Hamilton, S.C.J., of Hallcraig, Lanark. m. (1) Miss Raines (d. 20 Aug. 1729), gd.-da. of Sir Richard Raines, s.p.; (2) 18 Feb. 1739, Mary Weir, ?his cos., wid. of Hon. George Ogilvie, s.p. suc. fa. 9 June 1742.

Offices Held

Sec. for Scottish affairs to the Prince of Wales 1745-51; sec. and chamberlain to the principality of Scotland 1753- d.


Gordon’s father was a London-Scottish merchant and banker, owning considerable property in Sutherland, Ross and Cromarty, but who afterwards fell into financial difficulties. John Gordon, on his father’s death, succeeded to his seat and his close connexion with the Prince of Wales. On the Prince’s death he attached himself to the Pelhams, who obtained for him a place.

In 1754 he was returned for Cromarty, apparently unopposed, and also took an active and aggressive part in the Ross-shire election, in support of James Stuart Mackenzie. Listed ‘pro