William Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie, 4th Lord of Ruthven

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William Ruthven

Birthdate: (43)
Birthplace: Ruthven Castle, or Huntingtower, Perthshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Stirlingshire, Scotland
Cause of death: Beheaded for high treason in kidnapping of King James VI in the Raid of Ruthven.
Immediate Family:

Son of Patrick Ruthven, 3rd Lord Ruthven and Janet Douglas, Baroness Ruthven
Husband of Dorothea Stewart of Avondale
Father of Lady Mary Ruthven, Dowager Countess of Atholl; Lilias Ruthven; William Ruthven, alias Ballindean; Dorothea Ruthven; Alexander Ruthven and 10 others
Brother of Patrick Ruthven; George Ruthven; Col. Archibald Ruthven; Jean Ruthven and Isobel Ruthven

Occupation: 1st Earl of Gowrie
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About William Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie, 4th Lord of Ruthven

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"William Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie (c. 1541 – 1584), known as The Lord Ruthven between 1566 and 1581, was a son of Patrick Ruthven, 3rd Lord Ruthven...

...William Ruthven married Dorothea Stewart. She was a daughter of Henry Stewart, 1st Lord Methven and his second wife Janet Stewart. Her maternal grandparents were John Stewart, 2nd Earl of Atholl and Lady Janet Campbell. Janet Campbell was a daughter of Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll and Elizabeth Stewart...

...William and Dorothea were parents of ten daughters and four sons:

  • Jean Ruthven who married James Ogilvy, 6th Lord Ogilvy of Airlie. They were the parents of James Ogilvy, 1st Earl of Airlie.
  • Margaret Ruthven who married John Graham, 4th Earl of Montrose. They were the parents of James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose.
  • Mary Ruthven who married first John Stewart, 5th Earl of Atholl of the Eighth Creation, secondly John Stewart, 1st Earl of Atholl of the Ninth Creation and thirdly James Stewart.
  • Sophia Ruthven who married Ludovic Stewart, 2nd Duke of Lennox.
  • Lilian Ruthven who married
  • Dorothea Ruthven who married
  • Elizabeth Ruthven who married
  • Beatrix Ruthven who married
  • Barbara Ruthven who married
  • Isabel Ruthven who married Sir Robert Gordon of Lochinvar
  • James Ruthven, 2rd Earl of Gowrie
  • John Ruthven, 3rd Earl of Gowrie
  • Patrick Ruthven
  • Alexander Ruthven
  • William Ruthven, born in 1582"

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'William Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 27 October 2012, 11:06 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Ruthven,_1st_Earl_of_Gowrie&oldid=520097318> [accessed 28 November 2012]

Other References

William Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie, 4th Lord of Ruthven (c. 1541 – May 1584) was a Scottish peer known for devising the Raid of Ruthven.

The Ruthven estates were in Perthshire and the family, protestant by religion, formed part of the English interest. He was the leader in 1582 of the Ruthven raid and held the king prisoner for ten months. An ill‐judged reconciliation with Arran in 1584 led to his downfall and he was executed at Stirling. His sons were involved in the Gowrie conspiracy in 1600, both being killed.

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William Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie, 4th Lord of Ruthven's Timeline

Perthshire, Scotland
Age 11
Gowrie, Perthshire, Scotland
January 27, 1568
Age 27
Perth, Scotland
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Perth, Perthshire, Scotland
April 30, 1570
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Perthshire, Scotland UK
September 25, 1575
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Perth, Perthshire, Scotland
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Ruthven Castle, Perthshire, Scotland