KIT NUMBER: 227091


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Descendants of Charles Gordon, b. 1669, d. 1702, Glamis, Angushire, Scotland. Married. Elizabeth Lyon (1670-1739).

John Gordon, 3rd Earl of Aboyne. Birth 1702 in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Death 7 Apr 1732 in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Married Grace Lockhart, Birth 1706 in Corwath, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Death 17 Nov 1738 in Darnaway, Morayshire, Scotland.

Charles Gordon, 4th Earl of Aboyne Birth 1726 in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, , Scotland Death 28th December1794 in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Married Mary Douglas 1737 – 1816 1st. Margaret Stewart 1732 – 1762 2nd.

George Gordon, 9th Marquess of Huntly Birth 28 Jun 1761 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Death 17 Jun 1853 in Chapel Street, Grosvenor Square, London. Mother of children: Anne Cole Manwell 1794 – 1867.

George Eliot Eliott 1818 – 1901
Henry Charles Eliott 1819 – 1900
Anne Eliott 1822 –

George Gordon was the fifth Earl of Aboyne, later  9th Marquess of Huntly ( and had 3 boys and 3 girls  with  Ann Cole Manwell  (aka Mrs Elliot), illegitimately. (He also had 8 legitimate children with  Catharine Cope.) George and Ann's son George Eliot Elliott emigrated to New Zealand and married Catharine Marne.

The 1841 census shows two Ann Eliotts born in 1796  and 1821 (bracketted together, indicating family  tie)  living in High Street, Swanage in the household  of Robert Burt, 50, stonemason, with  Laetitia his wife, the Burt children and Ann Manwell  [his  mother-in-law].

According  to a message from Joan Dean to B.T.:     "It is a long and well documented story about Ann Cole Manwell  - she had a defacto relationship with  George Gordon of Aberdeen,  Aboyne Castle, they  produced 6 children in London. George Gordon  when he visited the home of Ann Cole Eliott  went by the name of Eliot Eliott. The children had no idea who their  real father  was until George Gordon  ran out of his fortune and had to put his teenage children out of boarding school. Ann's son George left  England for New Zealand asking his mother 'Whom did you marry?' 'It was a runaway marriage,' she replied.  He did not return to England  until his mother  and George Gordon had died. And so the secret was kept until George Eliot Eliott  from New Zealand left  a letter in his probate  and will. There were Gordon crests and photos from Aboyne Castle and other  things  relating to George Gordon  Earl of Aboyne Castle [sic]. A well kept secret."

A third source supporting the link  between  George Gordon and Ann Cole Manwell is the neat, handwritten copy of a letter sent by J. J. Freeman  (almost  certainly John Joseph Freeman, solicitor, 1851-1937) to Emily Stuart (Arbon)  Burt. The author believes  that  a miniature painting described by Emily  was of Ann Cole Manwell  "who was born  23 Feb 1794  and died 9 Jan 1865[sic]. She was the aunt of your  mother & made an irregular alliance  with  the Marquess of Huntley[sic] and was known  as Mrs Eliott." J. J. Freeman  referring to a pedigree book of 89 pages or more, and finishes  by sending  his love to Winifred (presumably Emily's daughter).


Note on Wife: Ann Cole MANWELL

1841 census: Ann Elliot, aged 45-49, staying at the High Street, Swanage, home of her sister Laetitia Burt  and her husband Robert Burt  with  her daughter Ann Elliot, aged 20-24, J. Whitcombe  Esq, solicitor aged 20-24, Sarah Phippard, aged 20-24, James Osmond, baker
aged 20-24, and her nephews and nieces, George, Elizabeth, Charles & Frank Burt. A few months  later  her daughter married Nathaniel James Whitcombe.

1861 census: Ann Elliot, aged 67, widow, living on a small income from  her son at Royal Oak, Swanage, with  her granddaughter Emma Whitcombe, aged 9, and one servant

GRO deaths index: 1867  Q1, Ann Cole Eliott  (one "L", two "Ts") age 72, Kensington vol 1a p 61.


1    Darryl Lundy, "".
"International Genealogical Index of The Church of Jesus Christ of
2     Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah." (
Genealogical Society of Utah (Salt Lake City), Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 United States of Americ Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 United States of America.
3     "Owen Clough, Genes Reunited".          .                   .     
4     "Daphne Scott, personal communication.
5     "Brian Trevette's notes Family of John Freeman (information provided (PDF on CD-ROM) -"Brian Trevette")
6      "Valerie Shrubb, personal communication  .
7      "1851census  of England & Wales".