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: May 04, 1584 (39-47)
Stirlingshire, Scotland (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 and Dorothea Stewart of Avondale
Father of William Ruthven; James Ruthven, 2nd Earl of Gowrie; John Ruthven, 3rd Earl of Gowrie; Alexander Ruthven; Patrick Ruthven and 10 others
Brother of Patrick Ruthven; George Ruthven; Col. Archibald Ruthven; Jean Ruthven and Isobel Ruthven

Occupation: 1st Earl of Gowrie, 1st lord Gowrie, 9th lord Direleton
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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

Evidence from the National Records of Scotland


1633-35: Disposition by Cecil Ruthven, only daughter of deceased Alexander Ruthven, brother of deceased William, Earl of Gowrie, With consent of her spouse, Francis Bruce, son of deceased Patrick Bruce of Fingask, in favour of Mr William Marshall of Pitcairns and Isobel Clerk, his spouse, of lands of Over Pitcairns. Instrument of Sasine in favour of said Cecil of said lands, following on precept of clare constat: recorded PRS Perth, 30 September 1633, vi, 397-8. Charter by Alexander, Bishop of Dunkeld, in favour of said Mr William and Isobel of said lands; signed by Bishop and prebendaries, with 2 tags, portion of 1 seal. Instrument of Sasine following, recorded PRS Perth, 30 September 1633, vi, 399-400; and Charter under Great Seal confirming said charter, with portion of Great Seal [RMS. viii, 2242]. Judicial Ratification by said Cecil. [atalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/nrsonlinecatalogue/details.aspx?reference=GD155%2f169&st=1&tc=y&tl=n&tn=n&tp=n&k=alexander+ruthven&ko=p&r=&ro=s&df=1601&dt=1650&di=y National Records of Scotland, Papers of the Maxtone Graham Family of Cultoquhey, Perthshire, reference GD155/169]


9 January - 1 March 1666: Renunciation and discharge by Cecile Ruthven, daughter and heir served and retoured to her father, Alexander Ruthven, brother german to William, Earl of Gowrie, in favour of James, Marquess of Montrose and George Hay of Boussie of an annualrent of 40 bolls victual payable yearly out of the land of Halyland, to which James Ruthven, brother to the said Alexander, had right from the Earl of Gowrie, redeemable by payment of 1000 merks and which he disponed to his brother, Alexander; dated at Edinburgh, 9 Jan and registered at Perth, 1 Mar 1666. National Records of Scotland, Papers of the Graham Family, Dukes of Montrose (Montrose Muniments), reference GD220/1/B/8/9/1

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

Perthshire, Scotland
January 27, 1568
Age 27
Perth, Scotland
Age 28
April 30, 1570
Age 29
September 25, 1575
Age 34
Age 36
Gowrie, Perthshire, Scotland
Age 36
Ruthven Castle, Perthshire, Scotland
Age 36
Perth, Perthshire, Scotland
January 12, 1580
Age 39
Perthshire, Scotland UK