198 APPENDIX   de Ferendracht . Alexandre Fraser domino de Fillortht vicecomite de Abirdene

198 APPENDIX de Ferendracht . Alexandre Fraser domino de Fillortht vicecomite de Abirdene



Passages from the diary of General Patrick Gordon of Auchleuchries : A.D. 1635-A.D. 1699"


de Ferendracht . Alexandre Fraser domino de Fillortht vicecomite de Abirdene . Johanne dc
Keth domino de Inuerogy . Alexandre Berclay domino de Kercow . Andrea de Turyne domino
de Fovern . Thoma de Lask domino eiusdem cum multis aliis . Datum apud Forglen octauo die
mensis Januarii anno Domini millesimo trecentesimo octogesimo octauo . Quamquidem cartam
. . . imperpetuum confiirmamus . . . Apud Lithqu quarto die mensis Junii anno gracie millesimo
quadringentesimo et regni nostri vndecimo .

Resignaclo terranim de Ardendracbt et Achlenchrys.— (A.D. 1440. From Collections on the Shires
of Aberdeen and Banff, pp. 381, 382.)

3 Nobili et potenti domino Patricio domino de Glamys et domino baronie de Balheluie militi
domino suo metuendo . vestra humilis Margareta Fraser domina de Ardendracbt et Auchleucbry
reuerencias omnimodas et bonores . In manus vestras ego predicta Margareta in mea pura
viduitate constituta . . . predictas terras de Ardendracbt et Acbleucbrys cum pertinencijs quas
de vobis teneo in capite per fustem et baculum sursum reddo ... In cujus rei testimonium
sigillum meum presentibus est appensum . Apud Slainis decimo sexto die mensis Decembris
anno Domini millesimo quadringentesimo quadragesimo .

Preceptum saisine terrarum de Ardendracbt et Acbleucbry.— (Circa A.D. 1470. From, Collections
on tlie Shires of Aberdeen and Banff, p. 380,)

Elisabetb domina baronie de Balheluy de consensu et assensu Gilberti domini de Kennedi
mariti mei dilecti / maro et baliuis meis . . . Quia mibi nuper presentatum est tanquam baroni
baronie de Balhelwy quoddam breue sasine ex parte dilecti consanguinei mei Willelmi Hay
filii et beredis quondam Alexandri Hay de Dronlaw de capella suprerai domini nostri Regis
super sasina coucedenda prefato Willelmo de terris de Ardendracbt et Acbleucbry modo exis-
tentibus in manibus nostris tanquam domine superioris earundem per decessum dicti quondam
Alexandri . . . Vobis igitur . . . precipimus . . . quatenus . . . deliberari facialis prefato
Willelmo . . . saisinam et possessionem dictarum terrarum . . . lu cuius rei testimonium
sigillum meum ma cum sigillo predict! domini et mariti mei est appensum . apud Cassilis anno
Domini m" cccc . . .

Service of Gilbert Hay as heir to Ardendraught and Aucbleucbries.— (A.D. 1503. From the MS.
Inventory of the ErroU Papers at Shines.)

5 Retour of Gilbert Hay as heir to William Hay in the lands of Ardendraught and Aucbleucbries
in the barony of Belhelvie. 26 April, 1503.

Carta confirmacionis Johannis Gordoune de Auchlucbre super terris de Lumgar et Hiltoune

(A.D. 1487 et A.D. 1489. From tlie Itegistrum Magni Sigilli, lib. xii., no. 85.)

6 Jacobus Dei gracia Rex Scotorum . . . Sciatis nos quandam cartam dilecti nostri Alexandri
Glastir de Glak factam . . . dilecto nostro Johanni Gordoun de Auchlucbre ... ad plenum
intellexisse sub bac forma / Omnibus banc cartam visuris vel audituris Alexander Glastir de
Glak eternam in Domino salutem Noueritis me . . . vendidisse . . . honorabili viro Johanni

Gordon was brought up and remained a lifelong Roman Catholic, at a time when the Church was being persecuted in Scotland. At age of fifteen, he entered the Jesuit college at Braunsberg, East Prussia, then part of Poland. In 1661, after many years experiences as a soldier of fortune, he joined the Russian army under Tsar Aleksei I, and in 1665 was sent on a special mission to England. After his return, he distinguished himself in several wars against the Turks and Tatars in southern Russia. In recognition of his service he was promoted to major-general in 1678, was appointed to the high command at Kiev in 1679, and in 1683 was made lieutenant-general. In 1687 and 1689 he took part in expeditions against the Tatars in the Crimea, being made a full general. Later in 1689, a revolution broke out in Moscow, and with the troops under his command, Gordon virtually decided events in favor of Peter the Great against the Regent, Tsarevna Sophia Alekseyevna. Consequently, he was for the remainder of his life in high favor with the Tsar, who confided to him the command of his capital during his absence from Russia. In 1696, Gordon's design of a "moveable rampart" played a key role in helping the Russians take Azov. One of Gordon's convinced the Tsars to establish the first Roman Catholic church and school in Muscovy, of which he remained the main benefactor and headed the Catholic community in Russia until his death. For his services his second son James, brigadier of the Russian army, was created Count of the Holy Roman Empire in 1701. At the end of his life the Tsar, who had visited Gordon frequently during his illness, was with him when he died, and with his own hands closed his eyes. General Gordon left behind him a uniquely detailed diary of his life and times, written in English. This is preserved in manuscript in the Russian State Military Archive in Moscow. Passages from the Diary of General Patrick Gordon of Auchleuchries (1635–1699) was printed, under the editorship of Joseph Robertson, for the Spalding Club, at Aberdeen, Scotland, 1859.



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