John Gordon, 14th Earl of Sutherland

John Gordon (1609–1679) was the 14th Earl of Sutherland. He was married to Lady Jean Drummond, daughter of James Drummond, 1st Earl of Perth, by whom he had four children, including George, his heir. He married second Anna Fraser, daughter of Hugh Fraser, 7th Lord Lovat.

A strong Covenanter, Gordon was called "the good Earl John" by his associates. He fought against the royalist marquess of Montrose at the Battle of Auldearn in 1645, but afterwards rendered good service to Charles II.[1]

Gordon was appointed by the Parliament of Scotland to the post of Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland in 1649 and he held the post until 1660. He is the only Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland to be appointed by the Parliament.


  • Stephen, Leslie; Lee, Sidney, eds. (1890). "Gordon, John (1609-1663)" . Dictionary of National Biography. 22. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  1. Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Sutherland, Earls and Dukes of" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 26 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 168.
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Ker
Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland
Succeeded by
William Keith
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
John Gordon
Earl of Sutherland
Succeeded by
George Gordon

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