William Gordon of Fyvie caused a permanent breach in his family when he applied for the Colonelcy of a new regiment raised by Alexander 4th Duke of Gordon, William's nephew. William assured Lord Germain that his application for the post had the blessing of the Duke of Gordon but in fact he was going behind his back. This regiment was the 81st Aberdeen Highland Regiment and lasted from 1777 to 1783 when it was disbanded. He was, however, appointed Colonel of 4 other regiments. He lived at Winkfield in Berkshire where he married his housekeeper Isobel Black after fathering a son by her. The picture of him in Scottish military dress is a famous painting by the renowned Italian portraitist Pompeo Batoni, who was commissioned to paint many Englishmen during their Grand European Tours.
1736 Born in Fyvie, Scotland
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