Katherine Carmichael, Lady of Cambusnethan

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Katherine Carmichael, Lady of Cambusnethan

Death: August 21, 1552
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir John Carmichael of Meadowflat and Name Not Known
Wife of John Somerville of Cambusnethan
Ex-partner of James V, King of Scots
Mother of John Stewart, 1st Lord Darnley; Patrick Somerville; Robert Somerville; ? Somerville; Margaret Somerville and 1 other

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About Katherine Carmichael, Lady of Cambusnethan


Her Last Will and Testament

Confirmation was granted on 1 October 1552. [National Records of Scotland, Glassgow Commissary Court, The Testament Testamentar of Katherine Carmichael, lady of Cambusnethan, spouse of John Somervell, reference CC9/7/1]


Katherine Carmichael, lady of Cambusnethan, here treated, died on 21 August 1552. [NRS: CC9/7/1]


Evidence from the National Records of Scotland


4 October 1539: Charter under the Great Seal of Scotland by which James V, King of Scots, confirms that he had give the lands and barony of Cambusnethan anew to John Somerville of Cambusnethan and his wife Katherine Carmichael, to be held by them in conjunct fee and liferent, and thereafter by their lawful male heirs, whom failing by John's nearest lawful heirs whatsoever. RMS 1513-1546: charter number 2027


21 August 1552: Testament of Katherine Carmichaill, lady of Cambusnathen, confirmed by the Archbishop of Glasgow on 1 Oct. 1552 and registered Commissariot of Glasgow. National Records of Scotland, Papers of the Kerr Family, Marquises of Lothian (Lothian Muniments), Somerville Writs, reference GD40/4/135

Biographical Summary

Catherine Carmichael, daughter of Sir John Carmichael of Meadowflat , captain of Crawford Castle, became the mistress of King James V. The king built the castle of Crawfordjohn in Clydesdale in 1528 for her, and as a place for them to meet undisturbed. She bore him a son, John Stewart (6th Earl of Bothwell), and a daughter Mary (or Janet) who married the Earl of Caegyle; who were half-brother and half-sister to Mary, Queen of Scots. Catherine married James Somerville by 1537. Their children were: 1. James Somerville , 'Velvet Eye' of Cambusneth b: ABT 1539 2.Robert, 2nd son. 3. daughter, "married meanly by her stepmother" to Gawin Hamilton of the Nether Hills

Biographical Summary by Darryl Lundy's Peerage

Elizabeth Carmichael is the daughter of Sir John Carmichael. Elizabeth Carmichael was also known as Katherine Carmichael. Child of Elizabeth Carmichael and James V Stewart, King of Scotland. 1.John Stewart, 1st Lord Darnley, b. 1531/32, d. c Nov 1563. Mistress of James V, King of Scotland


  1. The Baronial House of Somerville etc.
  2. The Scottish Nation: Or The Surnames, Families, Literature. Volume 3: pp. 488-9

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