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A photograph of Huntly Lodge the now Castle Hotel taken around the 1900's. Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Huntly lodge, Aberdeenshire Scotland was built by the 4th Duke of Gordon 7th Marquess of Huntly; 1st Earl of Norwich in the 18th century.

It was here in 1787 the 75th Regiment, the forerunner of the 1st battalion The Gordon Highlanders, was raised for service in the Far East, but it was not until 1793 when the French Revolutionary Government had declared war on Great Britain that the Government asked the Duke of Gordon to raise another regiment.

The Duke having agreed, he received the authority on the 10th February, 1794, and the command was given to his son, the Marquess of Huntly, at that time a Lieutenant-Colonel in the 3rd, now the Scots Guards.

On the 24th June, 1794 the newly embodied regiment was paraded for the first time at Aberdeen when they wore the then almost new, and now famous, Gordon Regimental tartan which had been devised by Forsythe of Huntly. Forsythe had taken the standard Gordon plaid and woven in a yellow stripe, which, as he wrote to Lord Huntly, he trusted would appear "very lively."

Old Picture Huntly Lodge now Castle Hotel Aberdeenshire - Scotland

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Old Photograph Huntly Lodge now Castle Hotel - Huntly