Robert Logan, 7th of Restalrig (c.1559 - 1606) MP

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Birthplace: Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, UK
Death: Died in Cannongate, Midlothian, Scotland
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About Robert Logan, 7th of Restalrig

Sir Robert Logan, the 7th Baron of Restalrig, is famous for his supposed involvement in the Gowrie Conspiracy, a plot to assassinate King James VI of Scotland in August 1600.

The Logan family were wealthy landowners who possessed the Barony of Restalrig from the 14th Century and lived in Lochend Castle. Sir Robert's father died while he was young, but he went on to inherit property in Ayrshire, Coldingham (Scottish Borders). He also inherited Fast Castle in the Scottish Borders from his mother who had taken Alexander, 5th Lord Home, as her second husband.

Logan died in 1606 and was buried in his family tomb at South Leith Parish Church. However, some two years later, suspicions were raised that Logan had been involved in the Gowrie Conspiracy. The plot had been foiled and the principal conspirators, John Ruthven, the 3rd Earl of Gowrie and his brother, Alexander, Master of Ruthven, had been killed in Perth and their bodies taken to Edinburgh to be displayed.

In 1609, Sir Robert Logan was summoned to appear in court (despite having been dead for three years) and his body exhumed and laid before the court. With Sir Robert Logan in no position to defend himself, he was found guilty on the flimsiest of evidence and his estates were forfeit.

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Sir Robert Logan, 7th Baron of Restalrig's Timeline

1559
1559
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, UK
1577
1577
Age 18
1590
1590
Age 31
UK
1590
Age 31
1590
Age 31
1590
Age 31
1606
July, 1606
Age 47
Cannongate, Midlothian, Scotland
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