THE LATE REV. GEORGE GORDON, DUFFTOWN, 1856.

This venerable clergymen was born in Fochabers in 1776, his father, Alexander, being a feuar In that village. At the early age of nine he was sent to the Catholic Seminary at Scalan, in Glenlivat, where he continued for two years. He then went to Spain to complete his education, and remained about ten years at Valladolid. Mr Gordon was ordained sub-deacon 21st May. Deacon 10th June, 1797, and Priest on 23d September of that year, by Don Emanuel Joachim Moron, Bishop of that city. He returned to his native country in 1798, and in the following year he was appointed to the mission of Foggyloan in this county, at which place the youthful clergyman built a house and chapel. On removing to Mortlach In 1805, Mr Gordon resided at Upper Keithock, where the Roman Catholic Chapel of the district then was. Being at this time the tenant of a small farm, the worthy priest, with that unflinching perseverance which was always a striking feature is his character, enlarged and improved it so much in many respects, chiefly by his own industry, that he one year gained a prize given on that account by the Agricultural Society; be also formed a fine garden out of a portion of the surrounding moor.

After being at Keithock about twenty years, Mr Gordon conferred a great boon on his congregation, with respect to convenience, by taking off two feus in the adjoining village of Dufftown, which was then new, and building the present chapel and the priest’s house (which last has lately been much enlarged), at the end of Fife Street. The chapel is much and deservedly admired for the superior style of its Gothic architecture, and for the elegance of the interior. The deceased clergyman procured for the chapel a large and costly organ, which is said to be the best in the North of Scotland; got a splendid canopy fitted up for the altar; and furnished an excellent picture of the “Assumption,” after a celebrated French artist, together with statues of two ancient bishops of Mortlach, &c.

Rev. George Gordon

Mr Gordon ceased to officiate in 1848, when, in consequence of failing health, he was obliged to get an assistant. The immediate cause of his death is believed to have arisen from a severe hurt that he sustained in one of his arms by an accident some time since.

The remains of the reverend gentleman were interred within the chapel at his own request, upon Thursday the 15th inst., in presence of a large assemblage, consisting of the congregation and others, Bishop Kyle, the Rev. Mr Kemp, and several other clergymen, officiating on the solemn occasion.

The subject of the foregoing notice was highly respected by all classes in the quarter, where he lived for the long period of fifty years. He well deserved to be so, for the whole tenor of his life was singularly blameless and inoffensive. Although, doubtless, sincerely attached to his own creed, he did not make the religious opinions of other sects an object of attack. His manners were of an extremely simple and primitive description. He was of a strictly honest, independent spirit; his perseverance in whatever he undertook was great, and what he did was done “with all his might.” He was a great economist of time, and bis hours were always carefully apportioned with respect to everything. Notwithstanding his retired mode of life. he took a great interest in passing events, and in politics he may be said to have been an ultra liberal. He was charitable to the poor, and ever ready to promote as much as he could all objects of public utility.

No man was better acquainted than Mr Gordon with the history and traditions of this part of the country, and be committed much information of this kind to writing, but it has never been printed in a collected form. He used to take great pleasure in gardening, at which he was an adept. His musical talents were of a very high order, and his collection of sacred music, in two volumes, is so much admired as to be in general use by the choirs of Catholic congregations both in Great Britain and abroad.