House of Gordon USA
Welcome to the
House of Gordon USA!
We are the families of the Scottish Clan Gordon in the United States of America. Our mission is to preserve
and promote our unique heritage and Celtic culture, as we enjoy the fellowship and support of family and
friends. Come Join Us at the Gordon Tent!
The Gordon name is synonymous with the rich history of Scotland and dates back to the 11th Century. It is a
name to be proud of and deserves your interest and support. The Board of Directors of House of Gordon
USA invites you to join our Clan Society.
WHAT WE DO
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to create, stimulate and sustain an interest in
Scotland, its history, traditions and culture; to bring together people of Gordon heritage; to
promote goodwill and understanding among its members and the general public; and to perform
charitable works. The “Charles O. Gordon Memorial Scholarship Fund” provides scholarships to aid our
youth in further studies of the Scottish arts and education. Our Scotland charity is the Gordon Highlander
Museum in Aberdeen, Scotland which tells the history of "the finest regiment that ever was." We honor the
men and women of Clan Gordon who are serving or have served in the defence of our nation with the Wall
Of Honor. We promote genealogical research, and the Gordon DNA project, host tents at various Celtic
Festivals & Highland Games across the USA and many other worthy projects which encompass our Clan
Gordon history and cultural heritage as well as providing community service.
We sadly mark the passing of our Board Member and former President and
National Convener, Lucretia 'Lu' Gordon.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Lu's family for she will surely be sorely missed by us all. She
was a good friend with a great sense of humor, and always a kind word. A funeral spray of blue &
yellow flowers with ivy was sent from the House of Gordon USA, and we will be awarding an additional
scholarship this year in her honor at our AGM at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.
Marion Lucretia “Lu” Gordon, 64, Johnson City, passed away Sunday,
November 10, 2013 at the Johnson City Medical Center following a brief
She was a Johnson City native who lived in Williamsburg, VA prior to
returning to Johnson City. She was a daughter of Evelyn Anderson Gordon
and the late Charles O. Gordon, Sr.
Ms. Gordon was a field archaeologist who spent her career both at active
digs and in the classroom.
She was a member of the Scottish Heritage Society, the Sovereign Military
Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, and the St. Andrews Society.
Ms. Gordon also was former President and Clan Chairperson of the Upper Festival, and National Convener of the House of Gordon USA. As a result, she was active in the Grandfather
East Tennessee Celtic Society, President of the Williamsburg Scottish
Mountain Highland Games.
She participated socially in the Merry Wives and was a passionate supporter of the Humane Society.
In addition to her father, Lu was preceded in death by her brother, Jack C. Gordon.
House of Gordon USA supports The Gordon's School
& The Gordon Foundation in Restoring the Camel Statue.
The House of Gordon USA is supporting the Gordon's School and The Gordon
Foundation in their efforts to restore the historic Gordon Camel Statue with a donation of
$1500.00. The Gordon's School was founded in 1885 by Queen Victoria as the national
memorial to Major-General Charles Gordon, also known as Gordon of Khartoum and
Chinese Gordon. Gen Gordon was well known not only for his military accomplishments
but also for his many other accomplishments and attributes not the least being his
The Camel Statue was commissioned of Edward Onslow Ford by the Royal Corps of
Engineers and the original casting still stands today at the Brompton Barracks, Chatham,
the home of the Royal School of Military Engineering, where Gordon attended, being
commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers in 1852. A second casting in
the more modern 'lost wax' method was made in 1902 and following a collision and
immersion in the Thames (of 3 tides duration) was finally erected at the junction of St
Martin's Lane and Charing Cross Road in London. In 1904 the statue was moved to
Khartoum and stood at the intersection of Gordon Avenue and Victoria Avenue, 200
meters south of the new palace that had been built in 1899 (following an alleged sinking in
the Nile en route!). It was gifted back to the UK following the Sudan's independence and
since April 2, 1959 has been at home at the Gordon's School in Woking. One Hundred
and Ten years of weathering and damage from the various moves has necessitated the
restoration of the statue. We are glad to be able to assist in this endeavor honoring our
kinsman and his many accomplishments .
'Who Killed the Cock of the North?
(A sixteenth-century whodunit with a difference!)'
26th, 27th and 28th June, 2014 at Huntly Castle at 6.30 - 7:45 p.m.
Living history at Huntly Castle! Come and be part of an historical drama!
Written by Anne Forbes (who also wrote Trials & Triumphs on the Gordons of Huntly) it is a story full of
ambition, intrigue, violence and greed, set in the troubled times of 16th century Scotland, where the principal
characters, with their individual agendas, are all entwined in a complex web of family tensions and political
struggle - not forgetting the witch’s prophesy!
No ordinary historical drama!This interactive promenade play re-enacts events leading to the downfall of the
previously all powerful 4th Earl of Huntly! He was Chancellor of Scotland, chief of the Gordon clan, and
popularly known as 'The Cock of the North.'… It has a twist. The audience will be asked to decide what or…
who was responsible!
Come and be part of it all - and live through life in Holyrood with Mary Queen of Scots, in Huntly Castle with
the ever watchful servants, and even on the battlefield.
Congratulations to the new Board of Directors:
President Lois Todd of Virginia
Vice President Evan Rose of California
Secretary Nikki Gordon Middleton of Illinois
Treasurer Bonnie Linse of South Carolina
Member at Large Lucretia Gordon of Tennessee
Member at Large John Lowry of California
Quartermaster John Gordon of Illinois
We would also like to announce that Evan Rose will be heading up a committee to research and draft
revisions to the Bylaws. These revisions are needed to clarify rules and guidelines for the running of the
House and to tailor the document to our specific needs as a Clan Society. While the document is a good
basic document, it was adapted hastily during our incorporation process from another organization and as in
all corporations after time we find the areas that need to be tweaked to work best for us. Any who would like
to serve on this committee should contact Lois Todd or Evan Rose
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of our
Georgia Convener, Turpin Ballard, who passed on April
25, 2013 following a battle with bladder cancer.
Turpin was a wonderful person, fun to be with and always
with a smile and a tune in his heart if not on his tin
whistle. Turpin, our piper is here today and is sending
you a tune to guide your path along the low road. God be
with you and bless your family.
ALL House of Gordon Members are eligible to participate in the Gordon DNA project and take
advantage of the Gordon Group Discount. Septsmen are encouraged to participate. Go to the
House of Gordon DNA Project to learn more!
YOU TUBE VIDEOS!
Annie Hughes, Director
of Development at the
Gordon's School with
the Gordon Camel