JOHN ERSKINE, , 18th Earl of Mar, 7th Lord ErskineAbt 1558 - 1634 (~ 76 years)
Name JOHN ERSKINE Suffix , 18th Earl of Mar, 7th Lord Erskine Birth Abt 1558 Gender Male Death 14 Dec 1634 Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland Burial 7 Apr 1635 Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland Person ID I102492 Hamm Last Modified 12 Jul 2023
Father Sir JOHN ERSKINE, , 17th Earl of Mar, 6th Lord Erskine, b. Abt 1515 d. 28 Oct 1572, Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland (Age ~ 57 years) Mother ANNABELLA MURRAY, b. Abt 1540 d. Feb 1602/03 (Age ~ 63 years) Family ID F80421 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family 1 ANNE DRUMMOND, b. Abt 1562 d. 1587 (Age ~ 25 years) Marriage Abt 1 Nov 1580 Children + 1. JOHN ERSKINE, , 19th Earl of Mar, b. Abt 1585 d. Bef Oct 1653 (Age ~ 68 years) Family ID F80420 Group Sheet | Family Chart Last Modified 13 May 2013
Family 2 MARY STUART, b. Abt 1572 d. 11 May 1644 (Age ~ 72 years) Marriage 7 Dec 1592 Children + 1. ANNA ERSKINE, b. Abt 1595 d. 2 May 1640 (Age ~ 45 years) 2. JAMES ERSKINE, , Earl of Buchan, b. Abt 1593 3. HENRY ERSKINE, , Master of Cardross, b. Abt 1597 d. 1628 (Age ~ 31 years) + 4. MARY ERSKINE, b. Abt 1599 d. Aft Mar 1664/65 (Age ~ 66 years) + 5. CATHERINE ERSKINE, b. Abt 1600 d. 5 Feb 1635, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland (Age ~ 35 years) Family ID F48416 Group Sheet | Family Chart Last Modified 7 Feb 2018
!He (Hugh Montgomerie) married, 2ndly (contract 17-24 December 1635, tocher 25,000 merks Scots), Mary, sister of John, DUKE OF ROTHES [SCT], and 1st daughter of John (LESLIE), EARL OF ROTHES [SCT], by Anne, daughter of John (ERSKINE), EARL OF MAR [SCT]. He died late in February 1668/9, at Eglintoun, in his 56th year. [CP 5:21-2]
!EARLDOM OF MAR [SCT] XIX & II18 & 2. JOIIN (ERSKINE), EARL OF MAR, &c. [SCT], only son and heir, born 1562, being 16 in April 1578; styled LORD ERSKINE from 1565; was served heir, 3 March 1572/3, "de toto et integro Comitatu de Mar." He was educated, together with James VI (of whom his mother and his uncle, Sir Alexander Erskine, of Gogar, had the charge), at Stirling Castle, and, with one brief interruption, was his lifelong friend and confidant. P.C. [SCT], 1577. On 26 April 1578 he possessed himself of Stirling Castle and of the King's person. In Aug. 1582 he took part in the raid of Ruthven, for which the raiders were exonerated by the P.C. [SCT] on 19 October, but this order was cancelled in December 1583, the cancellation being confirmed by the Parliament [SCT] which met 19 May 1584. Meanwhile Mar had been banished from the three Kingdoms, 31 January 1583/4, but was back in Scotland in March, and with other banished lords took Stirling Castle, 17 April, but about a week later they dispersed, Mar fleeing to England. On 22 August 1584 he and his wife Agnes were forfeited by the Parliament [SCT], but he presented himself before the King at Stirling, 4 November 1585, and was received into favour. He was restored 10 December 1585 to his honours and estates, as also to the command of Stirling Castle. On 29 July 1587, in response to his petition, an Act of Parliament was passed ratifying the restoration in 1565 of the Earldom of Mar to his father. In 1593 he was a commissioner for the trial of the Catholic peers. In February 1593/4 he and his mother were appointed Keepers and Governors of Prince Henry [SCT] in Stirling Castle, where he was born. While guardian of the Prince-till 16O3-he received several grants of Abbey lands, &c. Ambassador to England, 1601. In 16O2 he was on a Council of War to advise especially with regard to helping Elizabeth against the Irish rebels. He followed King James to England in 1603, and, being in high favour, received further grants of English lands. P.C. 4 May 1603; nominated K.G. 25 June 1603, installed 9 July. He was Captain of Edinburgh Castle 1605, and of Stirling Castle 1607. A Commissioner for the lsles in 1609. He was created, 10 June 1610, LORD CARDROSS [SCT], with power of nomination of that dignity, which power he exercised in favour of his 3rd son, Henry Erskine. See CARDROSS. On 20 May 1613 he had a grant in fee of the offices of Constable and Judiciar of Brechin. In 1616 he was one of the councillors specially summoned to discuss the conditions of Prince Henry's marriage. High Treasurer (SCT] 9 December 1616 to March 1630, when he resigned. He entertained the King in Scotland in 1617 with great magnificence. He was P.C. to Prince Charles in Scotland, August 1619; and bore the Sceptre at the opening of Parliament [SCT] in Edinburgh, 17 June 1617, and in July 1621. On 5 March 1622 he had licence, being continually employed in the King's service in Scotland, to absent himself from the usual attendance at the feasts of the Order of the Garter to be held 22-24 April. He attended the funeral of James I. He devoted himself for nearly 50 years, but more especially during the last 15 years thereof (1620-34), to the recovery (under the service to his father of 5 May 1565) of such of the family estates as had been alienated by the crown (1435-1565), for which recovery the reduction by the Court of Session of the several charters so granting them was necessary, the Earl's right of regress being protected by the Act of 29 July 1587. His efforts were successful, the vast estate of Kildrummy, which had been alienated to the family of Elphinstone, being among the lands so recovered. In the course of these proceedings "the Court of Session affirmed in the most solemn manner the validity of the charter of 9 December 1404, and of the retours of 438." The "ranking" of the Earldom of Mar was settled, during his lifetime, at the Decreet of Ranking in 1606. He married, 1stly, at Kincardine (contract 27 July), between 29 October and 1 November 1580, Anne or Agnes, 3rd da. of David (DRUMMOND), 2nd LORD DRUMMOND [SCT], being 2nd daughter by his 2nd wife, Lilian, daughter of William (RUTHVEN), 2nd LORD RUT11VEN [SCT]. She d. 23 December 1587, and was buried 9 January 1587/8, at Alloa. He married, 2ndly, 7 December 1592, Mary, 2nd daughter of Esmé (STUART), 1st DUKE OF LENNOX [SCT], by Katherine, daughter of Guillaume DE BALSAC, SEIGNEUR D'ENTRAGUES. He died at Stifling, 14 December 1634, aged about 72, and was buried 7 April 1635, at Stirling. He was succeeded in.the Barony of Cardross [SCT] according to his nomination (see that dignity). His widow died 11 May 1644. Complete Peerage, 8:420-4.
!Lord Haddington (Thomas Hamilton) married, first (contract 27 February 1622), Catherine, fourth daughter of John, Earl of Mar, the Lord Treasurer, with a tocher of 20,000 merks. The union of two such powerful families was not looked upon with much favour by King James VI., who is said to have exclaimed on hearing of it, ‘The Lord haud a grip o' me ! If Tarn o' the Cowgate's son marry Jock o' Sclate's dochter, what 's to come o' me !’ Lady Haddington died at Edinburgh 5 February 1635, and was buried at Tynninghame 4 March following. The Earl married, secondly, 14 January 1640, Jean, third daughter of George, second Marquess of Huntly, who survived her husband fifteen years, dying in the summer of 1655. By his first wife he had issue. James Balfour Paul, Scots Peerage, 1904 - 1914, Vol. 4, p. 315-316. Online at Google Books.
!He (William Keith) married (contract 12 October 1609) Mary, daughter of John (ERSKINE), EARL OF MAR [SCT], by his 2nd wife, Mary, daughter of Esmé (STUART), 1st DUKE OF LENNOX [SCT]. He died at Dunottar Castle, 28 October, and was buried 26 December 1635, at St. Bride's, aged about 50. His widow married, 15 July 1639, at the House of Keith Marischal, as his 3rd wife, Patrick (MAULE), 1st EARL OF PANMURE [SCT], who died 22 December 1661. She was living in March 1664/5. Complete Peerage, 8:481.
![JOHN GRAHAM, styled LORD KINPONT, or LORD GRAHAM OF KINPONT, son and heir apparent, born about 1613. He married (contract 11 April 1632) Mary, 1st daughter of William (KEITH), 5th EARL MARISCHAL [SCT], by Mary, daughter of John (ERSKINE), EARL OF MAR [SCT]. He (with 400 Royalists) joined Montrose, at whose victory at Tippermuir, 1 September 1644, he was present, and in whose camp at Collace, co. Perth, he was murdered, 6 September. He died v.p., and was buried at Inchmahome. His murder drove his widow into a distracted state from which she appears never to have recovered. She was living April 1663.] Complete Peerage, 8:675-6.