Diary recounts Russian exploits

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The story of an Aberdeenshire man who became Peter the Great's right-hand man has been told in full for the first time with the publication of his diary.

Patrick Gordon left Ellon as a teenager and later became an army general, helping the man who westernised Russia.

Prof Paul Dukes, who worked with the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen to publish the diary, said: "Gordon was a truly remarkable man and the diary is an outstanding historical source.

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