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186 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. placed on board a Swedish ship, in which he arrived at Falmouth in September 1796. The “ Gordon Highlanders ” returned to Britain in 1795, but in consequence of the disturbances then breaking out in Ireland, they were immediately hurried off there. The Marquis directly followed, resumed the command, and was actively employed with the regiment until tranquillity was restored, Notwithstanding the irksome and disagreeable nature of a soldier’s duty connected with civil commotion, the conduct of the “ Gordon Highlanders ” in Ireland was highly exemplary; so much so, that on leaving the county of Wexford, in which district they had been principally employed, an address was presented by the magistrates aiid inhabitants to the Marquis, in which, after paying a marked compliment to the orderly conduct of the men, they stated that “ peace and order were established, rapine had disappeared, confidence in the Government was restored, and the happiest cordiality subsisted since his regiment came among them.” In the expedition to the Helder, in 1799, the “Gordon Highlanders,” whose number a short time previously had been changed to the 92d, with the Marquis at their head, formed part of General Moore’s brigade, and although not engaged in repelling the first att,ack of the enemy, bore a distinguished part in the great action at Bergen on the 2d October, in which the Marquis was severely wounded.’ So entirely did the conduct of the regiment on this occasion give satisfaction to General Moore, “that when he was made a Knight of the Bath, and obtained a grant of supporters for his armorial bearings, he took a soldier of the Gordon Highlanders, in full uniform, as one of these supporters, and a lion as the other.” The Marquis had obtained the rank of Colonel in the Army in 1796,-that of Major-general in 1801, and was placed on the North British Staff as such from 1803 till 1806, when he was appointed Colonel of the 42d, or Royal Highland Regiment.’ At the general election of that year he was chosen Member of Parliament for Eye, in Suffolk; but he only remained a short time in the Commons, having been, on the change of ministry which soon followed, summoned by writ to the House of Peers, by the title of Baron Gordon of Huntly, in the county of Gloucester. In 1808 he was raised to the rank of Lieutenant- General in the Army ; and the same year, on the resignation of his father the Duke of Gordon, the Marquis was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of the County of Aberdeen. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales testified his approbation of the conduct of the Marquis on this occasion by the appropriate present of a Highland mull, set in gold, decorated with valuable Scotch pebbles, and inscribed with a handsome compliment in the Gaelic language. a On the anniversary of the battle of Alexandria, the 21st March 1817, his Royal Highness the Duke of York, then President of the Highland Society, in the chair, presented the Marquis of Huntly, on behalf of the 42d Regiment, with a superb piece of plate, in token of the respect of the society for a corps which, for more than seventy years, had continued to uphold the martial character of their country. This his Royal Highness accompanied with an impreasive speech, in which he recapitulated the various services of the corps, from the battle of Fontenoy down to those of Quatre Bras and Waterloo.
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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 187 In the unfortunate “ Walcheren Expedition,” undertaken in 1809, under the late Earl of Chatham, the Marquis commanded the fourth division. The object of this armament, which had been fitted out on a very extensive scale, was the destruction of the fleet and arsenal at Anbwerp, but except in the bombardment of Flushing, the expedition entirely failed of success. With the Walcheren expedition closed the foreign military career of the Marquis of Huntly. His subsequent life was distinguished bya patriotic and active zeal in whatever tended to the honour or advantage of his native country. He was long a member, and frequently President, of the Highland Society, an association which has done so much to improve the agriculture and condition of the peasantry of Scotland. As a mark of distinction, in 1813, the Marquis was appointed General of the ancient body denominated the Royal Archers of Scotland, or King’s Body Guard. Of the Celtic Society he was also an equally honoured member ; and, in short, in all patriotic or national associations he was found to yield enthusiastic co-operation. On the death of his lordship’s father, in 1827, he succeeded to the dukedom of Gordon in Scotland, and the earldom of Norwich in England ; and in the still more extended sphere of influence thus opened to him, the spirit which had animated the Marquis continued to be manifested in the Duke. The great improvements which he effected on his extensive estates-the exquisite taste displayed in laying out the grounds and ornamenting the lawns around the princely Castle of Gordon-together with his successful .exertions in improving the breed of Highland cattle, and promoting agriculture, are well-known instances of the Duke’s untiring zeal and perseverance. He married, in 1813, Elizabeth, daughter of the late Alexander Brodie, Esq. of Am Hall, but had no issue. His Grace died at London in June 1836,’ and with him the dukedom of Gordon and earldom of Norwich became extinct. The title of Marquis of Huntly, and some of the inferior dignities, devolved to his Grace’s ‘‘ heir-male whatsoever,” the Earl of Aboyne. The estates passed by virtue of an entail to his nephew, the Duke of Richmond. As a tribute to the memory of the Duke of Gordon, we beg to append the following letter of condolence to the Duchess from the Governors of the London Scottish Hospital, whose opportunities of knowing his Grace’s exertions in the cause of charity give peculiar weight to their sentiments : Unto her Grace Elizabeth Duchess of Gordon, Marchioness of Huntly, Countess of Huntly; Enzie, and Norwich, Viscountess of Inverness, etc. etc etc. etc. MADAM, WE, the Vice-Presidents, Treasurer, and Governors of the Scottish Hospital of the foundation of King Charles the Second, re-incorporated by King George the Third, in General Court assembled, beg leave thus to olfer our heartfelt condolence upon the severe bereavement with which God in his Providence has seen meet to make trial of your “faith and patience.” Be assured, Madam, that it is not in the observance of a mere formality, but because of that alfectionate regard which we must ever entertain for the memory of our late noble President, that we intrude thus early upon that grief in which we do sincerely participate. When, at the command of our present most gracious King and Patron, the Duke of Gordon entered upon the Presidency of this Institution, we congratulated ourselves on the acquisition of a nobleman whose ancient and honourable lineage, and whose generous, chivalrous character, concurred with his previoua knowledge of the Society, and zeal for its interests, to recommend him to our
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