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Janet Scott (Bethune)

Also Known As: "Janet Beaton", "Janet Beatoun"
Birthplace: Creich, Fifeshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Branxholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir John Bethune, Kt., 2nd of Creich and Janet Hay
Wife of Sir James Crichton, Kt. and Walter Scott, 3rd Lord of Buccleuch
Ex-wife of Simon Preston of Craigmillar
Mother of Walter Scott; Jean Scott; David Scott; Mary Scott; Grissel Borthwick and 2 others
Sister of Robert Bethune, Laird of Creich ; Grizel Murray; Christina Balfour and Elizabeth Gray

Managed by: Douglas John Nimmo
Last Updated:

About Janet Scott

From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on Janet Bethune:

Janet Bethune [1]

  • F, #20690,
  • b. circa 1510,
  • d. January 1569
  • Last Edited=30 Mar 2007

Janet Bethune was born circa 1510.[1] She was the daughter of Sir John Bethune, 2nd of Creich and Janet Hay.[2],[1]

She married, firstly, Sir James Crichton circa 1538.[2],[1]

She married, secondly, Simon Preston of Craigmillar in 1540.[1] She and Simon Preston of Craigmillar were divorced before 1544.[1]

She married, thirdly, Sir Walter Scott, 3rd of Buccleuch, son of Sir Walter Scott, 2nd of Buccleuch and Elizabeth Kerr, circa 1544.[2]

She died in January 1569.[2],[1]

She was also known as Janet Betoun.2 From circa 1538, her married name became Crichton.[2]

From 1540, her married name became Preston.[1]

Her married name became Scott.

Child of Janet Bethune and Sir Walter Scott, 3rd of Buccleuch

  • 1. Grissel Scott+[3] b. b 1552


  • 1. [S2226] Lawless Bethune, "re: Bethune Family," e-mail message to, 27 March 2007. Hereinafter cited as "re: Bethune Family."
  • 2. [S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 560. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 3. [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 222. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.


From her husband Walter Scott's English Wikipedia page:

Sometime before June 1544, he married his third wife, Janet Beaton or Betoun (1519–1569), daughter of John Beaton of Creich, widow of Sir James Crichton of Cranston Riddelm and divorced wife of Simon Preston of Craigmillar. Their children were:

  • 1. Walter
  • 2. David
  • 3. Janet
  • 4. Grisel
  • 5. Margaret

Later, Dame Janet favoured the alliance of James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell and Queen Mary, and was said to have infiuenced them by witchcraft.

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Janet Scott's Timeline

Creich, Fifeshire, Scotland
Age 16
Age 28
Age 30
Age 34
Creich, Sutherland, Scotland
Age 40
Branxholm, Roxburgh, Scotland
Age 42
January 1569
Age 59
Branxholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland