During one dinner conversation with friends, young George Gordon was asked the question many brooding teenagers get at their parents' dinner parties: what trade would he like to go into? Although it is unlikely the question was meant to be taken seriously as George was next in line to be Duke of Gordon, he answered "making garters for ladies' stockings." While the group chuckled at young Gordon's jocular perversions, his mother piped up with her own jibe, "Ah George! You would soon be above your trade."
No wonder the ladies of fashion were reported to complain, "How dull the town is! Would to Heaven the Duchess of Gordon were arrived! We shall have no life, no spirit, till she come!"