James Boyd, 9th Lord Boyd

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James Boyd, 9th Lord Boyd (–1654),[1] was a Scottish noble who adhered to the Royalist cause during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.

Biography[edit]

James Boyd was the younger brother of Robert Boyd, 7th Lord Boyd and inherited the title in 1641 on the death of his nephew Robert Boyd, 8th Lord Boyd.[2]

James Boyd was a steadfast Royalist, joined the Association at Cumbernauld in favour of Charles I in January 1641, he was one of the Committee of War for the South 16 April 1644,[3] and for Ayr 24 July 1644,[4] and 18 April 1648.[5]

He was included in the list of the nobility to be summoned to the Committee of Estates, in Cromwell's letter to Lieutenant-General David Leslie 17 January 1650,[6] and was fined £1,500 under the Cromwell's Act of Grace on 12 April 1654,[7] a sum afterwards, 9 March 1655, reduced to £500.[8] His steady support of the royal cause appears to have financially embarrassed him, as he was obliged to wadset several portions of his estate to Sir William Cochrane of Cowdoun.[9]

Lord James is said to have paid great attention to the trade of Kilmarnock, and to have established a school in the town for "the educatioune and learning off zoung ones"[sic].[10] His will was confirmed at Edinburgh 23 October 1655, and he appears to have died in March 1654.[11]

Family[edit]

Lord James married, before 1640,[12] Catherine, second daughter and coheir of John Crayke of the city of York, the eldest, but disinherited, son of Ralph Crayke of Marton, Yorkshire. She was baptized at Bridlington 3 January 1619.[12][13] In commemoration of this marriage the words "James Boyd and Catherine Craik", with the family arms, were sculptured on one of the towers of Dean Castle, the family seat at Kilmarnock.[14] They had issue:[15]

  1. William, Master of Boyd, afterwards first Earl of Kilmarnock, heir and successor.
  2. Mary Margaret, married Robert Beverley of Yorkshire, England.[16] and George Keeble of Surrey, England
  3. Eva, both styled daughters lawful to the deceased James, Lord Boyd, 24 March 1659.[17]
  4. Jean, married David Cunningham, 1st Baronet of Robertland.[18] She, died 8 May 1665.[19]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also known as Lord Boyd of Kilmarnock
  2. ^ Cokayne 1912, p. 263.
  3. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 172 cites Acta Pari. Scot.
  4. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 172 cites Acta Pari. Scot., vol. vi. pt. i. p. 202.
  5. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 172 cites Acta Pari. Scot., vol. vi. pt. ii. p. 34.
  6. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 172 cites Acta Pari. Scot., vol. vi. pt. ii. p. 587.
  7. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 172 cites Acta Pari. Scot., vol. vi. pt. ii. p. 820.
  8. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 172 cites Acta Pari. Scot., vol. vi. pt. ii. p. 846.
  9. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 172 cites Boyd Charter-chest.
  10. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 173 cites Patterson's Ayr, vol. ii p. 180.
  11. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 173 cites Edin. Com. Rec.
  12. ^ a b Balfour 1904, p. 173 cites Ex inform. the Honourable Vicary Gibbs.
  13. ^ Dates used in this article follow the Julian calendar with the start of the year adjusted to 1 January (see Old Style and New Style dates).
  14. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 173 cites M'Kay's History of Kilmarnock, p. 13
  15. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 173.
  16. ^ Stanard, W.G. (1895). "Major Robert Beverley and His Descendants". In Bruce, Philip A. The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. III. Richmond, Virginia: The Virginia Historical Society. pp. 169–172. 
  17. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 173 cites Glasgow Com. Decreets.
  18. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 173 cites Complete Baronetage, vol. ii p. 384 Where she is called Eva
  19. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 173 cites Funeral entry in Lyon Office.

References[edit]

Attribution
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Robert Boyd
Lord Boyd
1640–1654
Succeeded by
William Boyd