- George Gordon, 5th Earl of Huntly
George Gordon, 5th Earl of Huntly (d.
19 October 1576, Strathbogie), was Lord Chancellor of Scotlandand major conspirator of his time.
Second son of the 4th Earl, he was
Sheriffof Invernessfrom 1556. He was, however, attainted and sentenced to death for treason in 1563. He was imprisoned at Dunbarcastle until the marriage of Mary Queen of Scotsto Darnley in 1565, when his lands and dignities were nominally restored.
He allied himself with
James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwelland joined Queen Mary at Dunbarafter Rizzio's murder in 1566. He became Lord Chancellor of Scotlandin 1567, and joined Bothwell in the plot to murder the Regent Moray at Jedburgh. He signed the bond at Craigmillar Castlefor Darnley's murder, and accompanied Bothwell and Mary on the visit to Darnley before his murder.
His estates were fully restored after Bothwell's acquittal in 1567. Bothwell's divorce from his sister was facilitated by his influence over her, and he witnessed the marriage contract between Mary and Bothwell. He connived at the capture of the Queen, and accompanied her to Edinburgh, escaping to the north after her flight. He joined the partisans at
Dumbarton Castle, and after a temporary agreement with Moray he conspired for her deliverance from Loch Levencastle in 1567. After the Queen's escape to England in 1568, he held all the north in alliance with Argyll, but received Mary's order to disperse. After a temporary submission he gained possession of Edinburgh Castle, held a parliament, captured the Regent Lennox at Stirlingand, in 1572, came to terms with the Regent Morton.
He married Anne, daughter of James, Duke of Chatelherault and had a daughter Jean, and his successor, George Gordon, 6th Earl of Huntly.
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