Robert Boyd, 7th Lord Boyd

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Robert Boyd
Lord Boyd
PredecessorThomas Boyd, 6th Lord Boyd
SuccessorRobert Boyd, 8th Lord Boyd
BornNovember 1595
Died28 August 1628(1628-08-28) (aged 32)
IssueRobert Boyd, 8th Lord Boyd

Robert Boyd, 7th Lord Boyd (1595–1628),[1] was a Scottish noble.


Robert Boyd was born in November 1595. His father was Robert Boyd, Master of Boyd, the son and heir apparent of Thomas Boyd, 6th Lord Boyd. His mother was Jean Kerr, daughter of Mark Kerr, 1st Earl of Lothian, and his wife Margaret, daughter of John Maxwell, Lord Herries. His father died v.p. May 1597. His mother, Jean Kerr, married David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford, between 4 March 1606 and 16 April 1610, with whom she had no issue and later divorced. Jean Kerr married Thomas Hamilton, of Robertoun, before 16 February 1618. In 1623 King James made steps to Boyd's mother, now dowager Countess of Crawford and her children, because she had been a faithful servant to Anne of Denmark.[2]

Boyd was educated at the University of Saumur. In June 1611 he inherited the title of Lord Boyd on the death of his grandfather Thomas Boyd, 6th Lord Boyd.[nb 1]


Boyd's first marriage was to Margaret, widow of Hugh Montgomerie, Earl of Eglintoun, first daughter and, after 1613, heir of the Hon. Robert Montgomerie, of Giffen, by Jean, first daughter of Sir Matthew Campbell, of Loudoun, before 24 March 1615 (contract date October 1614).[nb 2] Margaret was living as his wife as of 4 March 1616, but died s.p., in 1616. His second marriage (contract date 9 December 1617) was to Christian, widow of Robert Lindsay, Lord Lindsay of Byres, first daughter of Thomas Hamilton, 1st Earl of Haddington, by his first wife, Margaret, daughter of James Borthwick, of Newbyres.[3]

He died on 28 August 1628, aged 33.[3] Boyd's will was dated 17 October 1623, probated 7 May 1632. His widow, an ardent Presbyterian, born between 1588 and 1594, died "very comfortably" at the house of her daughter Lady Scott, of Ardross, in the parish of Elie, shortly before 22 January 1646 and was buried on 6 February.[3]


  1. ^ Cokayne 1912, p. 262
  2. ^ Julian dates with 1 January as the start of year (See Old Style and New Style dates)
  1. ^ Also known as Lord Boyd of Kilmarnock
  2. ^ HMC Mar & Kellie (London, 1904), p. 118.
  3. ^ a b c Cokayne 1912, p. 262.


  • Cokayne, George Edward, ed. (1912). Complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct or dormant (Bass to Canning). Vol. 2. London: The St. Catherine Press, ltd. pp. 261, 262.
  • Balfour, Paul, James (1904). The Scots peerage; founded on Wood's edition of Sir Robert Douglas's peerage of Scotland; containing an historical and genealogical account of the nobility of that kingdom. Vol. 5. Edinburgh: D. Douglas. pp. 168–171.
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