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William Ruthven

Also Known As: "Gulielm", "Ruffin"
Birthplace: Gardyne Castle, Near Friockheim, Angus, Scotland
Death: Died in Isle of Wight County, Virginia Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of William Ruthven, alias Ballindean and Christian Barclay
Husband of Elizabeth Ruffin
Father of Robert Ruffin
Brother of Maj-Gen. Sir John Ruthven, Kt., of Dunglass

Managed by: Scott David Hibbard
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About William Ruthven

From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on William Ruthven:


William Ruthven [1]

  • M, #204977
  • Last Edited=3 Sep 2006
  • Consanguinity Index=0.16%

William Ruthven is the son of William Ruthven and Christian Barclay.[2]

During his time the surname Ruthven was restored for services as a royalist in the Civil War.[1]

He lived at Gardyne, Scotland.[1]


  • 1. [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 691. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 2. [S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.


Appears to be confused with the William from a generation up:


He fled Scotland with his brother Patrick at the time his brothers, John and Alexander, were murdered at Gowrie House 5 August 1600. Received his education in Europe, and sailed to America in 1635. He made his home in Isle of Wight Co., VA, and changed his name to Ruffin. He was our first Ruthven/Ruffin ancestor in America.

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William Ruthven's Timeline

June 4, 1613
Near Friockheim, Angus, Scotland
June 1, 1645
Age 31
Isle Of White, VA
Age 32
Isle of Wight, Bedford, Virginia, USA
January 9, 1674
Age 60
Isle of Wight County, Virginia Colony