John Maitland (1655 - 1710) MP

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Birthplace: Lauder, Thirlstane Castle, Scotland
Death: Died in Lauder, Scotland
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About John Maitland

John Maitland, 5th Earl of Lauderdale was born circa 1655.1 He was the son of Charles Maitland, 3rd Earl of Lauderdale and Elizabeth Lauder. He married Lady Margaret Cunningham, daughter of Alexander Cunningham, 10th Earl of Glencairn and Nicola Stewart, circa 1680. He died on 30 August 1710.

John Maitland (later Lauder), 5th Earl of Lauderdale, 1st Baronet, (1655 - August 30, 1710, both at Haltoun House, nr.Ratho, Midlothian, Scotland), was the second son of Charles Maitland, 3rd Earl of Lauderdale, and succeeded his elder brother Richard Maitland, 4th Earl of Lauderdale in the Earldom in 1695.

On the 8 July 1691 he had a charter of the Barony of Haltoun and by that was obliged to assume the surname and designation of Lauder of Haltoun in lieu of Maitland of Ravelrig. Foster is unclear on dates but says that he definitely assumed the designation of John Lauder of Haltoun in lieu of Maitland of Ravelrig.

On the 30 July 1680 he was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates, and on the 16 November 1680 he was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia. He was appointed an Ordinary Lord of Session, as Lord Ravelrig, on 28 October 1689.

He is recorded as Member of Parliament for Edinburghshire from March 12, 1685 to 1686 and was on the Convention in 1689, all as Sir John Lauder of Haltoun, and again in parliament from 1689 to 1693 as Sir John Maitland of Ravelrig. He concurred in the 1688 revolution at which time he is noted as a Privy Counsellor. When he took his seat in parliament on the 8 September 1696, he supported the Union of parliaments.

About 1690 he was appointed Colonel of the Edinburghshire Militia, and was General of The Mint in 1699.

This earl made a verse translation of Virgil (published 1737).

About 1680 Sir John married Margaret (c1662 - 1742), daughter of Alexander Cunningham, 10th Earl of Glencairn by whom he had three sons and a daughter. His daughter Elizabeth married James Carmichael, 2nd Earl of Hyndford, and his son and heir was Charles Maitland, 6th Earl of Lauderdale, (1688-1744).

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The Royal Families of England, Scotland, and Wales, with their Descendants, etc., by Messrs, John and John Bernard Burke, London, 1851, vol.2, pedigree LXXXIV.

Collectanea Genealogica, by Foster, London, 1882 - 'Members of Parliament, Scotland'.

The Scots Peerage, by Sir James Balfour Paul, under 'Lauderdale'.

The Pedigree Register, edited by George Sherwood, volume 3, London, 1914, pps: 144-5.

The Faculty of Advocates in Scotland 1523 - 1943, edited by Sir Francis J. Grant, K.C.V.O.,LL.D.,W.S., Edinburgh, 1944.

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