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David Wemyss

Death: Died in Wemyss Castle, Fifeshire, Scotland
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Son of John Wemyss, 1st Earl of Wemyss and Jane Gray, Countess of Wemyss
Husband of Margaret Wemyss, Lady and Hon. Anne Balfour
Father of Margaret Wemyss, Countess of Wemyss and Jean Wemyss
Brother of Elizabeth Wemyss; Mary Wemyss; Beatrice Wemyss; Anne Wemyss and Catherine Wemyss

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David Wemyss, 2nd Earl of Wemyss (6 September 1610 – July 1679) was an army officer.

Only son of John Wemyss, 1st Earl of Wemyss and Jean Gray (d. 1640), daughter of Lord Gray.

As Lord Elcho, a title he held between 1633 and 1649, he commanded a regiment of Fife infantry in the Scottish army which reached Newcastle upon Tyne in August 1640. On 1 September 1644, at the head of about 6000 men, he was routed by Montrose at Tippermuir, and in August 1645, as supernumerary commander to Lieutenant-General William Baillie, again suffered defeat by Montrose's forces at Kilsyth.


He married three times:

(July 1625) Anna (d. 1649), daughter of Robert Balfour, 2nd Lord Balfour of Burleigh;
(April 1650) Helenor (d. 1652), daughter of John Fleming, 2nd Earl of Wigtown;
(13 January 1653) Margaret (d. 1688), daughter of John Leslie, 6th Earl of Rothes, and widow of Francis Scott, 2nd Earl of Buccleuch; one daughter, Margaret, the only child to outlive her father.

He died in 1679 at Wemyss Castle in Fife, whose estate he had done much to develop.

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David Wemyss, 2nd Earl of Wemyss's Timeline

September 6, 1610
June 19, 1629
Age 18
Wemyss, Fife, Scotland
January 1, 1659
Age 48
West Wemyss, Wemyss, Fifeshire, Scotland
July 6, 1679
Age 68
Wemyss Castle, Fifeshire, Scotland