The House of Gordon
The House of Gordon DNA Project
DNA is the newest 21st century tool in our arsenal to advance Gordon family research. Whether you are simply curious or a seasoned genealogist, DNA testing will likely help you find previously unknown Gordon cousins, fill in missing family history, discover to which Gordon branch you belong and help identify the origins of our Gordon surname. You supply the DNA, and the project’s volunteer House of Gordon researchers…the answers.
The Aboyne Highland Games, now over 150 years old, has very strong Gordon links, and our Chief whose seat at Aboyne Castle lies nearby, has been Chieftain of the Games since it began in 1867. We host a clan tent here every year where you can find out more about your history and meet your distant cousins! The Aboyne Games is considered one of the most prestigious in Scotland.
Houses and Castles
Gordon Castle Estate is a modern sporting estate comprising of exclusive use Gordon Castle, Gordon Castle Walled Garden, Gordon Castle Scotland, Gordon Castle Fishings and Gordon Castle Highland Games.
Just a couple of miles along the beach from Dornoch town and Golf Club, Embo House occupies a commanding position overlooking the Dornoch Firth. Steeped in history, this Grade A listed house dates originally from the sixteenth century and was one of the castles of the Clan Gordon, but today it provides contemporary and luxurious self-catering accommodation for large family groups, golfers or indeed weddings.
Aswanley was the home of Elizabeth Cruickshank, the mother of the two brothers, Jock and Tam, from whom the majority of Gordons in Aberdeenshire are descended. For centuries it was also the home of the fabled Aswanley Cup, a gift from our chief to a loyal supporter after his daring espionage in an enemy camp helped ensure victory in battle the next day.
The ScotlandsPeople website is the official Scottish Government site for searching government records and archives. It is used by hundreds of thousands of people each year to apply for copies of official certificates and to research family history, biography, local history and social history.
The Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society exists to assist and promote the study of genealogy and family history based on the North-East corner of Scotland. This area covers the old counties of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, Kincardineshire and Morayshire.
The Ulster Historical Foundation is a long-established, highly reputable research and publishing agency. It offers its extensive knowledge to help on the sources available to discover Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors.
The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs is the definitive and authoritative body for information on the Scottish Clan System. Within their site you will find information relating to the Standing Council, as well as links to other relevant resources, together with additional information on the Clan system.
The Court of the Lord Lyon is the heraldic authority for Scotland and deals with all matters relating to Scottish Heraldry and Coats of Arms and maintains the Scottish Public Registers of Arms and Genealogies. The Lord Lyon King of Arms is also responsible for State Ceremonial in Scotland.