Gordon studied natural science for two years under Professor Sowerden. He was married to Mary Seavers. Gordon was blackmailed by Richard Harries who knew that he had published under his own name the works of a dead pupil from Oxford. This caused him to commit suicide, stabbing himself with a letter opener. John Hopkinson found the body and took a letter from the scene.
Seavers was due at Banquo Manor to observe Harries' experiments. John chose not to tell the residents of his death; Stratford told them. John killed Harries in vengeance for Seavers, a friend of his. (PROSE: The Banquo Legacy)