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Major James Gordon

Male 1780 - 1817  (37 years)

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  • Name Major James Gordon 
    Title Major 
    Born 1780  Laggan, Moray, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 18 Jan 1780  Mortlach, Moray, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Jun 1817  Fort William, Calcutta, West Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Five years in the office of an army agent in London, and obtained through the Duchess of Gordon a cadetship in the H.E. I. C. military service - Bengal establishment. He entered the 15th Bengal native Infantry as an ensign, Oct. 9, 1800; and was promoted lieutenant on July 13, 1808; captain on Dec. 23, 1809; and major in 1810.

      He served in several campaigns in the 15th Regiment of Native Infantry, and was twice wounded. His professional talents in a little time attracted the notice of the Commander-In-Chief, and at length (1810) he was appointed deputy-adjutant-general, with the rank of Major. In this situation he greatly distinguished himself, until he was under the necessity of repairing in 1816, for the recovery of his health, to the Cape of Good Hope, where he remained almost a year.

      He returned to Calcutta, and died at Fort-William, June 12, 1817. He had clearly made his mark, for the Marquis of Hastings in General Orders, dated June 18, 1817, devotes a long passage to him: -- "In publishing the following order to the army, the Commander-in-Chief considers it due to the memory of a deserving pubic servant to record the high sense entertained by His Excellency of the merits of the late Major Gordon, and of the loss which the army has sustained by the premature death of an officer who in the early part of his life was distinguished by this professional gallantry and exertions, and when subsequently placed in a public situation by his conduct maintained invariably his professional reputation fo the army of which he was a member. In an early period of his service, Major Gordon's abilities and character obtained for him the gratifying distinction abilities being appointed to a public situation in the Adjutant-General's official department, where, actuated by the purest principles and the warmest zeal for his employers, he devoted his talents to the successful discharge of the duties of an important and laborious office until compelled to relinquish his official avocation by that state of health which ultimately deprived the country of his valuable services. As every instance of acknowledged merit must prove a powerful incentive to each honourable mind, ambitious incentive to each honorable mind, ambitious of distinction, the Commander-in-Chief is sensible that in doing justice to the character of the late Major Gordon he is holding out the strongest encouragement to the officers of the army in whatever situation they may be placed, to acquire by an able, faithful, and zealous performance of their duties that public acknowledgment of desert which a soldier prizes as the best reward for a life spent in the service of his country."

      The Governor in Council, upon receiving the intimation fo major Gordon's death from Lieut.-Colonel Nicol, the Adjutant-General, transmitted to him the following letter from J. Young, officiating secretary to the Government, June 20, 1817: -- "In acknowledging the receipt of your letter of the 15th inst., I have it in command from the Most Noble the Governor-General in Council to express his regret for the melancholy occasion which has drawn from His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief the eulogy on the late Major Gordon, of which a copy was enclosed in your letter now acknowledged. In the justness of that eulogy and in the utility and policy of holding up the army for imitation the example of the late Deputy-Adjutant-General, his Lordship in Council is happy to express his entire concurrence with His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief.



      See additional information about James at:

      University of Cambridge - Handlist of Papers - M

      Small Collections Box 17

      Given by H. More-Gordon

      Xerox copies

      Sixteen letters 1798-1817 mostly from James Gordon to his brothers Harry and John in Scotland or India: most are personal and are concerned with their careers; those which mention India specifically are numbers 9, 10, and 13, which mention Lord Moira, the war with the Nepalese and his return to Calcutta from South Africa; most are from Calcutta, one is from Cawnpore, and one before the Fort at Bhutapore (1805). "

      The Fiddler's Companion

      "MISS GORDON--LIVERPOOL. Scottish, Slip Jig. F Major. Standard. AAB. Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833). Moyra Cowie, in her book The Life and Times of William Marshall (1999), finds the Marshall connection with this Liverpool family through Marshall's brother Henry, who worked at the Custom House. Harry Gordon of the Laggan Gordon branch of the family owned the Tobacco Warehouse in Liverpool, and presumably the title refers to a daughter. Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1845 Collection, pg. 10.
      T:Miss Gordon-Liverpool
      S:Marshall - 1845 Collection" [1]
    Person ID I6705639  7_families
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2013 

    Father John Gordon,   b. Abt 1739, Laggan, Moray, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1795, Laggan, Moray, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Mother Janet Proctor,   b. Abt 1741, Edinvillie, Aberlour, Moray, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 11 Oct 1774  Edinville, Moray, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Marriage shown in IGI as being in Mortlach Parish, Banff, Scotland.
    Family ID F2105240  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1780 - Laggan, Moray, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 18 Jan 1780 - Mortlach, Moray, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Jun 1817 - Fort William, Calcutta, West Bengal, India Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S123654] The Gordon's of Laggan, John Malcolm Bulloch, (Banff, The Banffshire Journal Office, The Banffshire Field Club, 1907), Lee Drew has one of the few copies in existence.., 18 (Reliability: 3).