Charles Hope, 1st Earl of Hopetoun
He was the son of John Hope of Hopetoun, grandson of Sir Thomas Hope, 1st Baronet of Craighall, Fife. John Hope purchased the barony of Niddry Castle from George Seton, 4th Earl of Winton around 1680. He also bought the neighbouring barony of Abercorn, with the office of heritable sheriff of the County of Linlithgow, from Sir Walter Seton. In 1684, John Hope was shire commissioner for Linlithgow in the Parliament of Scotland.
Created Earl of Hopetoun in the Peerage of Scotland in 1703, he supported the union with England. He later served as a Scottish representative peer at Westminster, from 1722 until his death. Lord Hopetoun acted as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1723, and was Governor of the Bank of Scotland from 1740 until his death. He was created a Knight of the Thistle in 1738.
- "Hope, Charles (1681-1742)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
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