Sir John Ross, 1st Lord Ross of Halkhead

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John Ross, Kt.

Also Known As: "Ancestor of the Earl of Glasgow"
Birthplace: Tulloch Castle, Dingwall, Ross, Schotland
Death: 1501 (70-80)
Hawkhead, Renfrewshire, Schotland
Immediate Family:

Son of John Ros of Halkhead, Constable of Renfrew Castle and wife of John Ross of Halkhead
Husband of Marjory Mure
Ex-husband of Mariota Baillie
Father of Giles Auchinleck; Robert Ross of Halkhead; Egida de Ros; Elizabeth Ross; Giles Ross and 1 other

Occupation: Sheriff of Linlithgow
Managed by: Douglas John Nimmo
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About Sir John Ross, 1st Lord Ross of Halkhead

On 25 February 1448/9, in the presence of James II at Stirling, Ross was one of three Scottish champions in a tournament against three Burgundians, in which he is said to have fought Simon De Lalain to a draw. Ross was knighted in 1450 and on 17 January 1450/1 had a charter of the lands of Tarbert in Ayrshire and Auchinbak in Renfrewshire. Between 1463 and 1468 he was Keeper of Blackness Castle. He was appointed Sheriff of Linlithgow before 1468 and again (for life) on 9 March 1472/3. On 24 August 1473 he was granted a safe-conduct in his capacity as Ambassador to England and by 31 May 1499 had been created Lord Ross of Halkhead. He died between 12 December 1500 and 16 October 1501.

Sir John Ross, first lord Ross of Hawkhead, mentioned as one of the barons of parliament on 3 Feb. 1489–90. Hawkhead was a large mansion house situated a few yards from what is now Ben Lawers Drive in the modern housing estate of the same name to the south east of Paisley.

Hawkhead (Halkhead) estate was originally owned by the Royal Stewarts and acquired in 1367 from the future King Robert lI, then Earl of Strathern by Sir John Ross for an annual payment of a pair of gloves, or two pennies of silver, to the King.

The original name of the family was the 'de Ros ' (from Normandy) which was changed to the Scottish 'Ross' in 1489 when Sir John Ros was inserted among the Barons of Parliament as Lord Ross of Hawkhead .

The Rosses of Halkhead were not, so far as is known, related to the Earls of Ross or the Highland family of Ross of Balnagown. Robert II of Scotland (while still Earl of Strathearn) granted Halkhead, or Hawkhead, in Renfrewshire, to John Ross in 1367. The subject of this article was son and heir of his direct descendant, Sir John Ross, heritable Constable of Renfrew Castle.

He married, 1stly, Marjory, daughter of John MURE, of Caldwell. She was buried in the parish church of Renfrew. He married, 2ndly, after 1491, Marion or Mariota, widow of John (SOMERVILLE), 2nd LORD SOMERVILLE [SCT], daughter of Sir William BAILLIE, of Lamington. From her he obtained a divorce. He died between 12 December 1500 and 16 October 1501, and was buried with his 1st wife, at Renfrew. His divorced wife was alive January 1505/6


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Tulloch Castle, Dingwall, Ross, Schotland
Renfrewshire, Scotland
Hawkhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Hawkhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 75
Hawkhead, Renfrewshire, Schotland