He was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge.
However, Haddo had contracted what was probably tuberculosis, and he went to Egypt to spend a few months in a warm climate. He left the Commons after inheriting his father"s title in 1860 and made a second trip to Egypt. Aberdeen had previously converted to Evangelicalism and it was in Egypt that he campaigned for the Coptics to convert to his own faith.
Aberdeen later returned to Scotland and died at his home, Haddo House, in 1864.
His last words were (when asked how he felt) "Perfectly comfortable". Hamilton-Gordon donated a large collection of antiquities that his father had collected to the British Museum in 1861.
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