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William Ruthven

Also Known As: "2nd Baron", "Sheriff Perth"
Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Kynnard, Perthshire, Scotland
Death: October 3, 1552 (48-56)
Place of Burial: Perth, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of William Ruthven, Master of Ruthven and Jean Hepburn, of Riccarton
Husband of Janet Halyburton, Lady Dirletoun
Father of Patrick Ruthven, 3rd Lord Ruthven; Katherine Ruthven; Lilias Ruthven; Sir William Ruthven, Knight; Alexander Ruthven of Freeland and 7 others
Brother of Hon Isobel Ruthven and John Ruthven
Half brother of Dowager, Countess of Buchen, Margaret Livingston - Ruthven and Isobel Ruthven

Occupation: Extraordinary Lord of Session 1539, Keeper of the Privy Seal, Lord of Session, Provost of Perth
Managed by: Douglas Rex Whitney
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About William Ruthven, 2nd Lord Ruthven

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"William Ruthven, 2nd Lord Ruthven (died December 1552) was a Scottish nobleman. He served as an Extraordinary Lord of Session and Keeper of the Privy Seal.

The 2nd Lord Ruthven was the son of William, Master of Ruthven (who was known as Lindsay for his mother, Isabel Livingstone Lindsay, until his legitimation on 2 July 1480), and Jean Hepburne. He succeeded his paternal grandfather, William Ruthven, 1st Lord Ruthven, sometime before 10 September 1528, when the king bestowed on him the office of custodian and constable of the king's hospital, near the Speygate, Perth.

In February 1532 he, Lord Oliphant, and various barons in that district of Scotland were fined for not appearing to sit as jurymen at the trial of Lady Glamis at Forfar for poisoning her husband. He was admitted an extraordinary lord of session on 27 November 1533; and on 8 August 1542 he was named a member of the privy council. On 28 August 1536 the king confirmed to him and his heirs the lands of Glenshie in Strathearn, erected into a free forest.

At the parliament held at Edinburgh in March 1543, after the death of King James V, Ruthven spoke on behalf of the laity being granted liberty to read the Scriptures in the English tongue; and at the same parliament he was chosen one of the eight noblemen, two of whom were to have the charge of the young queen every three months. On 24 July 1543 he signed a band to support Cardinal Beaton, but his adherence to the cardinal was only temporary, for in 1544 he resisted by force of arms the cardinal's candidate for the provostship of Perth.

Ruthven was appointed keeper of the privy seal in July 1546 . On 24 August of the same year he appeared before the privy council with Patrick Hepburn, 3rd Earl of Bothwell, as caution that Bothwell's ship, the Mary, and other four barks should not take any ships belonging to the Dutch, Flemings, or Hungarians. On 13 September he obtained an heritable grant of the king's house of Perth, of which he was keeper. He died early in December 1552.

In 1515 he married Janet Haliburton, heiress of the Haliburtons of Dirleton Castle. Their eldest son, Patrick, inherited the earldom on his father's death. They had three sons and seven daughters;

  • Patrick Ruthven, 3rd Lord Ruthven
  • James Ruthven of Forteviot;
  • Alexander Ruthven of Freeland
  • Lilias Ruthven, married to David Drummond, 2nd Lord Drummond (she was reputed for her piety, and to her Robert Alexander in 1539 dedicated the Testament of William Hay, 6th Earl of Erroll, which he set forth in Scottish metre, printed Edinburgh 1571)
  • Catherine Ruthven, married Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy
  • Cecilia Ruthven, married Sir David Wemyss of that ilk
  • Barbara Ruthven, to Patrick Gray, 5th Lord Gray
  • Janet Ruthven, married John Crichton of Strathaird
  • Margaret Ruthven, to John Johnstone of Elphinstone
  • Christina Ruthven, to William Lundin of that ilk."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'William Ruthven, 2nd Lord Ruthven', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 15 October 2012, 16:52 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Ruthven,_2nd_Lord_Ruthven&oldid=517958437> [accessed 1 December 2012]

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Title of Nobility:

Baron Ruthven and 2nd Baron of Ruthven

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Kynnard, Perthshire, Scotland
Age 15
Ruthven, Aberdeen, Scotland
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Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
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Ruthven, Aberdeen, Scotland
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Kynnard, Perth, Scotland
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Kynnard, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland
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Ruthven, Aberdeen, Scotland
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Ruthven, Aberdeen, Scotland