William Ruthven, 1st Lord Ruthven

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William Ruthven, 1st Lord Ruthven (died c. 1528) was a Scottish nobleman and founder of the noble lines of the Ruthven family.

William Ruthven of Ruthven /ˈrɪvən/ was created Lord Ruthven by summons at the Parliament of Scotland in February 1488. James III of Scotland made him a Lord of Parliament to gain his support against his rebels, who intended to make his son James, Duke of Rothesay King. The King left Edinburgh in March 1488, and joined Ruthven at Perth, and they travelled to Aberdeen. The first battle with the Prince's army was near Blackness Castle. The King was forced to negotiate with his rebels, and handed over Ruthven as a hostage.

Ruthven may have chosen as a hostage because he was the rival of a rebel, Lord Oliphant, for the office of Sheriff of Perth. He remained a prisoner until the end of the conflict after the death of James III at the Battle of Sauchieburn, and was made to pay a ransom of £1000.[1]

He was invested as a Privy Counsellor of Scotland in August 1513, and after 1515 became one of the guardians of the boy King James V of Scotland. He was rumoured to have died sometime after July 1528.[2]

Marriage and Issue[edit]

Lord Ruthven married 1st Isabel Livingston; 2nd Christian Forbes, daughter to William Forbes, 3rd Lord Forbes and had issue by both:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Macdougall, Norman, James IV, Tuckwell (1997), 19, 29, 33-4, 41, 61, 73.
  2. ^ "The Peerage: A Genealogical Survey of the Peerage of Britain as Well as the Royal Families of Europe". 
  3. ^ Sir James Balfour Paul, Scots Peerage vol iv, pp257-259
  4. ^ A general history of Scotland. vol.4. by William Guthrie
Preceded by
New Creation
Lord Ruthven
1488–1528
Succeeded by
William Ruthven