Lord High Commissioner to the Parliament of Scotland

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The Lord High Commissioners to the Parliament of Scotland, sometimes referred to as the fifth estate of the Estates of Scotland, were the Scottish Sovereign's personal representative to the Parliament of Scotland following James VI of Scotland's accession to the throne of England and his becoming, in personal union, James I, the first Stuart king of England (see Union of the Crowns).

The Lord High Commissioners were appointed from 1603 until 1707. The Act of Union 1707, which merged the Parliament of Scotland and the Parliament of England to create the Parliament of Great Britain, rendered the post redundant.

They were effectively the heads of government in Scotland during this period,[1] exercising de facto control over the Estates and the Privy Council, although nominally this role was still held by the Lord Chancellor.

List of Lord High Commissioners[edit]

Image Name Tenure
John Graham, 3rd Earl of Montrose 1605
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Ludovic Stewart, 2nd Duke of Lennox 1607
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George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal 1609
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Alexander Seton, 1st Earl of Dunfermline 1612
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James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton 1621
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John Stewart, 1st Earl of Traquair 1639
John Elphinstone, 2nd Lord Balmerino 1641
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James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton 1646
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John Middleton, 1st Earl of Middleton 1661, 1662
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John Leslie, 7th Earl of Rothes 1663, 1665, 1667
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John Maitland, 1st Duke of Lauderdale 1669, 1670, 1672,
1673, 1674, 1678
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James, Duke of Albany (later James VII) 1681
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William Douglas, 1st Duke of Queensberry 1685
Alexander Stuart, 5th Earl of Moray 1686
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William Douglas, Duke of Hamilton 1689
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George Melville, 1st Earl of Melville 1690
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William Douglas, Duke of Hamilton 1693
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John Hay, 1st Marquess of Tweeddale 1695
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John Murray, Earl of Tullibardine 1696
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Patrick Hume, 1st Earl of Marchmont 1698
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James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry 1700, 1702, 1703
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John Hay, 2nd Marquess of Tweeddale 1704
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John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll 1705
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James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry 1706-1707

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