Gordon was a district council area which existed from 1975 to 1996. It was one of five district councils that delivered a range of local level services within the wider area of Grampian Region, which over this period was one of the 12 regions into which Scotland was divided. The name of the district came from the family name, Gordon, of the Earls (and later the Marquesses) of Huntly.
Gordon was formed from a large part of the traditional county of Aberdeenshire. The area it covered included the settlements of Inverurie, Kintore, Oldmeldrum, Ellon and Huntly. It was bordered to the north by Banff and Buchan District, and to the south by City of Aberdeen District and Kincardine and Deeside District, all also part of Grampian Region.
When regions and districts disappeared from the scene in the 1996 reorganisation, the area of Gordon became part of the unitary council area of Aberdeenshire. For administrative purposes, Aberdeenshire is divided by the council into six smaller areas. What had previously been Gordon District ended up forming parts of the Formartine, Garioch and Marr administrative areas. Although Gordon District has officially ceased to exist, the name lives on in a Scottish Parliament constituency, and in a wide range of other bodies as diverse as a Scout association and a cricket club.