THE Gordons had their origin in the Lowlands. The Scottish Gordons are descended from Sir Adam Gordon, the friend of Wallace, and to whom Bruce granted the lands of Huntly or Strathbogie. He fell at Halidon Hill in 1333. Alexander, 3rd Earl of Huntly, fought at Flodden. George, 6th Earl, was created a Marquis in 1599. George, 4th Marquis, was made Duke of Gordon in 1684. The Dukedom lapsed in 1836, and the Marquisate went to the Earl of Aboyne. The Earls of Aberdeen are descended from Patrick Gordon of Methlic, who fell in battle at Arbroath in 1445. Ten Baronetcies pertain to this clan: Gordonstoun, Cluny, Lismore, Lochinvar, Park, Dalpholly, Earlstoun, Embo, Halkin, Niton. Two regiments have been raised from it. The 92nd, or Gordon Highlanders, raised in 1794, and the old 75th and 92nd linked together, are now the Gordon Highlanders. The Marquis of Huntly is chief of the Gordon clan.


THE Fergusons are Celtic. They were long settled in Argyll, where the chiefs of Clann Fhearghuis of Stra-chur were Hereditary Maers of Glenshellich. Ferguson of Dunfallandy has long been Chief of the Fergusons in Atholl. Two of the clan, sons of the Laird of Badyfarow, near Inverury, figured prominently. “Robert the Plotter,” concerned in the Ryehouse Plot, escaped detection and died in 1714. James, a Major-General, served under Marlborough at Blenheim. The Fergusons, Baronets of Kilkerran, have held lands in Ayrshire since the reign of Charles I. Sir James Ferguson, 6th Baronet, a distinguished statesman, was killed in the Jamaica earthquake 1906. Adam Ferguson, historian and moral philosopher; Robert Ferguson,’the poet’; and Sir William Ferguson, F.R.S., were illustrious members of the clan. “Annie Laurie,” heroine of the song, was wife of Ferguson of Craigdarroch. Brigadier-General Ferguson commanded the Highland Brigade at the capture of the Cape of Good Hope.