Andrew Rutherford, 1st Earl of Teviot

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Andrew Rutherford
1st Earl of Teviot
Born Restalrig, Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 4 May 1664(1664-05-04)
Jews' Mount, Tangier, Morocco
Allegiance France, England
Rank Colonel général des Ecossais
Unit Garde Écossaise, Tangier Regiment
Battles/wars Siege of Thionville (1643)
Battle of Lens (1648)
Civil wars of the Fronde
Spouse(s) Susanna de Melville

Andrew Rutherford, 1st Earl of Teviot (died 4 May 1664; sometimes spelt "Rutherfurd") was a Scottish soldier.

Andrew was the fifth and youngest son of a merchant burgess of Edinburgh - William Rutherfurd (died 1624) of Wrightslands and of Easter and Wester Quarrelholes in Restalrig - and his wife Isobel (married 1608), daughter of James Stewart of Traquair. His education was received at Edinburgh University, and he took up the career of soldier of fortune.

His services were given to the French government, which maintained regiments of Scottish mercenaries. On the restoration of Charles II, Rutherford was taken into employment by his own king on the recommendation of Louis XIV of France. He had held a commission as lieutenant-general in France and had a high reputation for personal courage.

Rutherford returned to Scotland in 1660. In 1661 Charles II gave him the Scottish title of Lord Rutherford and the governorship of Dunkirk, which had been acquired by the Protector Oliver Cromwell. When Charles II sold the town to France in 1662 Rutherford was consoled by the command of the Colony of Tangier and the Tangier Regiment, and was made Earl of Teviot.

He was sent in 1663 as governor to Tangier. His tenure of office was very short, for on 4 May 1664 he was trapped in an ambush by the Moors, who carried on incessant irregular warfare against the English garrison, and was killed, together with nineteen officers and nearly five hundred men of his garrison.

In his will he donated funds to his former university in Edinburgh, for the construction of 8 chambers.


  • W. F. Lord, The Lost Possessions of England (London, 1896).
Military offices
Preceded by
Henry Mordaunt
Governor of Tangier

1663 – 1664

Succeeded by
Sir Tobias Bridges
Colonel of the Tangier Regiment
Succeeded by
Henry Norwood

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.