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Tomb of Alexander Gordon, in Elgin Cathedral.

Alexander Seton (later Gordon), 1st Earl of Huntly (died July 15, 1470), was a powerful 15th century Scottish magnate. He was knighted in 1439/40 and was Lord of Badenoch, & Cluny.

He was the son of Alexander Seton (d. 1440) (2nd son of Sir William Seton of that Ilk), by his spouse Elizabeth Gordon (d. March 16, 1439), daughter and heiress of Sir Adam Gordon of that Ilk (k. 1402 at Battle of Homildon Hill).

Alexander Seton developed a strong relationship with William Crichton, the Chancellor of Scotland after 1439. He divorced his wife Egidia, daughter of Sir John Hay of Tillibody, in 1438 in order to marry Crichton's daughter Elizabeth.

Before July 3, 1445, King James II of Scotland made him Earl of Huntly, a new creation. This was part of a deal to make peace between the Crichton and Douglas-Livingston factions in the Kingdom.

He was embroiled in struggles against the Douglases, against the Lords of the Isles, and against the Lindsay earls of Crawford.

The 1st Earl of Huntly had by his first wife a son:

  • Sir Alexander Seton, ancestor of the Setons of Touch, and Abercorn.

By his second wife Elizabeth he had four sons and four daughters (all of whom took the surname of Gordon, including:

Alexander died at Huntly Castle and was buried in Elgin Cathedral.


Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
New Creation
Earl of Huntly
Succeeded by
George Gordon


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