Robert Boyd, 8th Lord Boyd

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Robert Boyd, 8th Lord Boyd (c. 1618 – 17 November 1640),[1] was a Scottish noble and politician.


Robert Boyd was the only son and heir by second wife of Robert Boyd, 7th Lord Boyd. He was born about 1618. He was made J.P. for Cuningham on 25 November 1634.[2] On 22 February 1638 he was one of the noblemen who ascended the mercat cross in Edinburgh to protest against the proclamation made that day, which contained the royal approbation of the service-book.[3] He subsequently subscribed the National Covenant, when renewed March the following, in the kirkyard of Greyfriars Kirk, and actively co-operated with the Covenanters in their opposition to King Charles. He was present in Parliament 31 August 1639 and 2 June 1640.[4] He died of a fever on 17 November 1640.[5][6]


Robert Boyd was the only son and heir by second wife of Robert Boyd, 7th Lord Boyd. Although he married Anne, 2nd daughter of John Fleming, 2nd Earl of Wigtown, by Margaret, daughter of Alexander Livingstone, 1st Earl of Linlithgow, they had no sons, and the title passed to his uncle James Boyd, 9th Lord Boyd.[7] His Sister Marion married James Dundas, Lord Arniston.


  1. ^ Also known as Lord Boyd of Kilmarnock
  2. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 171 cites P.C. Reg., vol. iv. p. 427
  3. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 171 cites Rothe's Relation, etc., p. 67.
  4. ^ Balfour 1904, p. 172 cites Acta Parl. Scot., vol. v, pp. 252,258
  5. ^ Cokayne 1912, pp. 262, 263
  6. ^ Two letters of comfort which were addressed by Mr. Zachary Boyd, minister of Glasgow, the translator of the Bible into verse, to Lord Boyd's mother and widow respectively, were printed at Edinburgh 1878 (Balfour 1904, p. 172).
  7. ^ Cokayne 1912, pp. 262, 263.
  • 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. 171–172.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • 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. 262, 263.
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