THIS Clan derives its name from the Barony of Innes, “all the lands betwixt Spey and Lossie,” granted by Malcolm IV to Berowald of Innes at Christmas 1160, after his conciliation with Somerled, Lord of the Isles. From Berowald descended a long line of Chiefs (of whom Sir Robert Innes of that Ilk, 1st Baronet, received Charles II on his landing at Speymouth 1650), Sir James, 6th Baronet, becoming in 1805 5th Duke of Roxburghe, and his son being in 1837 created Earl Innes. From Walter of Innermarkie, second son of Sir Robert Innes of that Ilk, sprang the Baronets of Balveny and Edingight (created 1628), and the Baronets of Coxton (created 1686). From Robert of Drainie came the Inneses of Drumgask and Balnacraig, of whom was Father Lewis Innes, the Jacobite Secretary of State. These branches were all loyal to the House of Stewart, as were the Inneses of Cathlaw, related to the millionaire Mitchell-Inneses of Stow. Innes House and Coxton Tower, both near Elgin, are outstanding examples of Scots architecture.
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.