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The Gordons Of Huntly: A Scottish Noble Household And Its European Connections, 1603–1688

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This chapter offers a study of one of the key noble households of Scotland, the Gordons of Huntly, and its links to continental Europe. The Gordons were one of the major powers in the north of Scotland during the early modern period, and by the latter half of the seventeenth century they also boasted notable connections in the kingdoms of France and Poland. With this in mind, the chapter addresses following questions: What were these connections? To what extent, if at all, did the Gordons of Huntly exploit these to their full potential? Did they, for example, seek to make systematic use of networks in order to further the interests of the household, and did they even look to form a Gordon kin-based network? Perhaps most notable is that fact that successive Gordon lords found employment on the continent in a military capacity during the course of the seventeenth century.

Keywords: European connections; France; Gordon network; Gordons of Huntly; military connection; Scottish noble household



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