The Chief, Granville Charles Gomer Gordon, 13th Marquis of
Huntly, and his son, Alastair Granville Gordon, Earl of Aboyne.
Photo by Jerry Gordon
Cock of the North piped by Aaron Todd
The Chief of the Gordons
Chief of The House of Gordon
Granville Gordon, Marquis of Huntly
Aboyne, Aberdeenshire AB34 5JP, UK
The Chief of the Gordons has been known by the nickname "The Cock O'
The North" since the 16th Century. As is said in Scotland, "From the Tweed
to the Tay, from Cape Wrath to the Forth, there's none can compare with
the Cock o' the North!"
The Chief was born in Aberdeen and was educated at Gordonstoun. He pursued a career in journalism
until 1972 when he returned to his ancestral home, Aboyne Castle in Aberdeenshire. The castle had
been in ruins for more than 50 years at the time. Nonetheless, he began the project of restoring the
The restoration took more than seven years to suitably complete the 16th century tower house in the
traditional Scottish manner. The Chief subsequently continued his education in business administration
and became involved in several business interests. Most notably, he and his son Alastair founded a
company to produce and sell "Cock o' the North Single Malt Whisky Liqueur."
Lord Huntly is married to the Lady Catheryn and the couple has four children. Most of the children are
grown and reside in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The title Marquis of Huntly was created in the peerage of Scotland in 1599, making it the oldest existing
marquissate in Scotland, and the second-oldest in the British Isles, only the English marquissate of
Winchester being older.
The subsidiary titles of the Marquis of Huntly are: Earl of Huntly (created 1445), Earl of Enzie (1599),
Earl of Aboyne (1660), Earl of Norwich (1784), Lord Gordon of Badenoch (1445), Lord Gordon of
Strathavon and Glenlivet (1660), Baron Gordon (1784) and Baron Meldrum (1815). All titles are in the
Peerage of Scotland, except for the Earldom of Norwich and Barony of Gordon, in the Peerage of Great
Britain, and the Barony of Meldrum, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.