Lord Charles Gordon was the son of the Jacobite, Alexander 2nd Duke of Gordon. Lord Charles fought on the government side, serving in Lord Loudon’s 54th Regiment during the 1745 Rising. In March 1746 he took part in the capture of the French ship, Le Prince Charles Stuart, in the Kyle of Tongue. This vessel, with its cargo of over £13,000, had been sent by Louis XV to assist the Jacobites. Its loss, three weeks before the battle of Culloden, was a disaster for them. Lord Charles’s younger brother, Lord Lewis, was a Jacobite officer.