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Mariota Maxwell of Calderwood

Birthplace: Calderwood, Lanarkshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
Death: circa June 25, 1472
Kilmarnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir John Maxwell of Calderwood and Margaret Borthwick
Wife of Robert Boyd, 1st Lord Boyd of Kilmarnock
Mother of Thomas Boyd, 1st Earl of Arran; Alexander Boyd, 3rd Lord Boyd of Kilmarnock; Archibald Boyd of Bonshaw; John Boyd; Elizabeth Boyd and 3 others
Sister of Marion Maxwell; Sir John Maxwell of Calderwood and Elizabeth Maxwell
Half sister of Laurence Abernathy, 1st Lord Saltoun of Abernethy; William Abernethy, of Saltoun; Oswald Abernethy; NN Abernethy; George Maxwell of Newark and 1 other

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About Mariota Maxwell of Calderwood


Mariota Maxwell is the daughter of Sir John Maxwell of Calderwood and his first wife Margaret Borthwick. She married Robert Lord Boyd, High Chamberlain of Scotland: "and was by him mother of the first Earl of Arran, and Elizabeth Countess of Angus. Memoirs of the Maxwells of Pollock, p. 465

Genealogical Accounts

  1. William Fraser, Memoirs of the Maxwells of Pollock, Vol. I. Memoirs & Charters (Edinburgh 1863), 497 pp.
  2. William Fraser, Memoirs of the Maxwells of Pollock, Vol. II. Correspondence (Edinburgh 1863), 453 pp.

Notes and Comments

  1. married about 1445 in Calderwood, Lanark, Scotland to Thomas Boyd, 1st Lord Boyd (c 1425-c 1482)


  1. Thomas Boyd, Earl of Arran,  b. 1446, of, Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland ,  d. Abt 1473, Antwerp, Brabant, Belgium, Netherlands
  2. Elizabeth Boyd,  b. Abt 1448, of, Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland ,  d. Bef 1498
  3. Sir. Alexander Boyd, Baron,  b. Abt 1452, of, Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland ,  d. 23 Nov 1508
  4. Archibald Boyd,  b. Abt 1454, of, Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland , d. Bef 4 May 1507
  5. John Boyd,  b. Abt 1456, of, Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland
  6. Annabella Boyd,  b. Abt 1460, of, Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland
  7. Margaret Boyd,  b. Abt 1462, of, Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland

Burke's Peerage is not sure whether this person is named Janet or Mariota. See below for an indication that there may have been two sisters, a Mariota and a Janet, that married different people--or the Mariota/Janet that married Robert, 1st Lord Boyd came from a later generation of Maxwell as indicated by Burke's (see discussion below about inconsistancies in Burke's lineage) and the Mariota/Janet of this generation married William Porteous.

Burke's has a fairly major screw up with the ancestors of Mariota/Janet. In the Kilmarnock, Baron line which contains the Boyd lineage, the marriage of Robert, 1st Lord Boyd to Janet or Mariota Maxwell is given. Burke's states that Mariota/Janet's father is Robert Maxwell of Calderwood described in the Farnham, Baronet line.

Under the Farnham line where the Maxwell of Calderwood line age is given, one would expect to find a Robert Maxwell of Calderwood with a daughter Mariota/Janet who married Robert, 1st Lord Boyd. Not only one, but two different generations, one (Robert) the grandson of the other (John), supposedly had daughters that married the "1st Lord Boyd".

The "Robert" (grandson, who had an un-named daughter marrying 1st Lord Boyd) died in 1531 while his supposed daughter Mariota/Janet died by early 1473--58 years earlier?--not likely. The grandfather (John), which names his daughter Mariota/Janet marrying 1st Lord Boyd, is the son of a marriage of 4 Dec 1450 and is dead by 1490--again born to a marriage and died way too late for Mariota/Janet and the wrong name (John-not Robert)! To compound matters, this "John" married Janet/Marion Boyd daughter of Thomas Boyd 5th Lord of Kilmarnock (who also happens to be father of Mariota/Janet's husband Robert, 1st Lord Boyd)-therefore having Mariota/Janet Maxwell marrying her mother's brother!

There is a Robert Maxwell of Calderwood, married 1402, grandfather of the "John" and great great grandfather of the "Robert", who seems to be perfect--but in a screwed-up lineage, who knows? I have designated this Robert Maxwell of Calderwood as father of Mariota/Janet and discounted the other Robert and John.

My impression is that all of the mistakes are in the Farnham line--not in the Kilmarnock line.

Genealogy Proposed by Darryl Lundy's Peerage

Janet Maxwell [1]

  • F, #205908
  • Last Edited=17 Sep 2006

Janet Maxwell married Sir William Carlyle, 2nd Lord Carlyle of Torthorwald, son of John Carlyle, Master of Carlyle, before 12 July 1487.[1]

She is the daughter of John Maxwell, Master of Maxwell and Janet Crichton.[1]

From before 12 July 1487, her married name became Carlyle.[1]

Children of Janet Maxwell and Sir William Carlyle, 2nd Lord Carlyle of Torthorwald

  • 1. James Carlyle, 3rd Lord Carlyle of Torthorwald [1] d. b 15 Jan 1525/26
  • 2. Michael Carlyle, 4th Lord Carlyle of Torthorwald+[1] d. Jun 1575


  • 1. [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume III, page 41. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.

Genealogy Proposed by ClanBoyd

Genealogy Proposed by rootsweb

Genealogy Proposed by Turlingtons

Father | Male John Knox

Born 1410 Craig, Renfrewshire, Scotland Died 1463 Craig End, Renfrewshire, Scotland Buried Married 1435 Father Mother

Mother | Female Mariota Janet Maxwell

Born 1422 East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, Scotland Died 25 Jun 1472 Kilmarnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland Buried

Other Spouse Robert Boyd 1st Baron of Kilmarnock Chancellor of Scotland | F1829

Married 1440 East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Father Sir Robert Maxwell | F3118 Group Sheet Mother Elizabeth Denniston | F3118 Group Sheet

Child 1 | Male

Uchtred Knox

Born 1440 End, Renfrewshire, Scotland Died 1509 Buried

Genealogy Proposed by Webcards

Lord Robert BOYD

b. abt 1426, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland d. bef 14 Oct 1482, Alnwick, Northumberland, England bur. ch. AKA.

Lady Mariota / Janet MAXWELL Of Calderwood b. abt 1434, Calderwood, Lanarkshire, Scotland d. abt 1473, Kilmalcolm, Renfrewshire, Scotland bur. ch. AKA.

Children Earl Thomas BOYD 1st Of Arran(abt 1450 - abt 1474) Lord Alexander BOYD 3rd Of Boyd(abt 1451 - )

Lady Elizabeth BOYD Of Boyd(abt 1452 - bef 1498)

Lady Anabebella BOYD Of Boyd(abt 1454 - ) Laird Archibald BOYD Of Nariston, Then Bonshaw(abt 1455 - bef 4 May 1507) Lady Margaret BOYD Of Boyd(abt 1457 - ) John BOYD(abt 1458 - )

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Mariota Maxwell of Calderwood's Timeline

Ayrshire, Scotland
Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland
Kilmarnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Kilmarnock, Renfrew, Scotland
Kilmarnock, Aryshire, Scotland
Kilmarnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Kilmarnock, Renfrew, Scotland
June 25, 1472
Kilmarnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, (Present UK)