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THE DUKE OF GORDON'S DAUGHTER.
Eitson's Scottisk Songs, ii. 169.
" Alexakder, third Earl of Huntly, was succeeded, in 1523, by his grandson Alexander, Lord Gordon, who actually had three daughters. I. Lady Elizabeth, the eldest, married to John, Earl of Athol. II. Lady Margaret, married to John, Lord Forbes. III. Lady Jean, the youngest, married Jirst, to James, Earl of Bothwell, from whom she was divorced in 1568 ; she married, secondly, Alexander, Earl of Southerland, who died in 1594; and surviving him, she married, thirdly, Captain Alexander Ogilvie, son and successor of Sir Walter Ogilvie of Boym, who died in 1606 without issue." Stenhouse, Musical Museum, iv. 378.
The dukedom of Gordon was not created until 1684, and therefore the first line should probably run as quoted by Burns,
" The Lord of Gordon had three daughters."
The duke of Gordon has three daughters,
Elizabeth, Margaret, and Jean; They would not stay in bonny Castle-Gordon,
But they would go to bonny Aberdeen.