John Wemyss, 1st Earl of Wemyss

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John Wemyss, 1st Earl of Wemyss (1586–1649) was a Scottish politician.[1]

Knighted in 1618, in 1625 Wemyss was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia in 1625, with a charter to the barony of New Wemyss in that province of Canada. In 1628 he was raised to the Peerage of Scotland as Lord Wemyss of Elcho, and in 1633 he was further honoured when he was made Lord Elcho and Methel and Earl of Wemyss, also in the Peerage of Scotland.[2]

He was Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, a Privy Councillor and one of the Committee of the Estates. Wemyss later supported the Parliament of Scotland against Charles I in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, and died in 1649. He married Jane Gray (daughter of Patrick Gray and his second wife, Mary Stewart, daughter of Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney, the King's uncle) and was succeeded by his only son, David, the second Earl.[2]


  1. ^ Sorenson, Janet. "Wemyss, David". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/29035.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b "Wemyss, David (1678-1720)" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
(New creation)
Earl of Wemyss
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David Wemyss