Thomas Boyd, 6th Lord Boyd

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Thomas Boyd, 6th Lord Boyd (c. 1547–1611) was a Scottish noble and politician.


Thomas Boyd, with his father, Robert Boyd, 5th Lord Boyd, fought at the battle of Langside on 13 May 1568, for Mary, Queen of Scots. He inherited the title Lord Boyd on the death of 5th Lord Boyd in 1590. He resigned his whole estate to the King, from whom, on 12 January 1592,[nb 1] he obtained a new charter thereof, "erecting the same into a free Lordship and Barony, to be called the Lordship and Barony of Kilmarnock" to himself for life, with remainder to his son and heir apparent, Robert, Master of Boyd, in tail male, remainder to "heirs male," thereby excluding the heirs general. Under this grant Thomas, not improbably, became Lord Boyd of Kilmarnock. He died June 1611.[1] As Robert died before his father,[nb 2] the estates and title passed to his son Robert.


Thomas was the second but first surviving son and heir of Robert Boyd, 5th Lord Boyd.[2]

Thomas Boyd married firstly, before 1568, when she was living, Margaret, 2nd daughter of Sir Matthew Campbell, of Loudoun, by Isabel, daughter of Sir John Drummond, of Innerpeffry. He married secondly to Jane daughter of William Stockdale. He married, lastly, to Elizabeth Wallace, who survived him.[nb 3][1]

His children included:


  1. ^ Julian dates with 1 January as the start of year (See Old Style and New Style dates)
  2. ^ Thomas Boyd had a son Robert Boyd, styled Master of Boyd, his heir apparent. The son married before 1595, Jean, daughter of Mark (Kerr), Earl of Lothian, by Margaret, daughter of John (Maxwell), Lord Herries. He died v.p. May 1597. His widow married between 4 March 1606 and 16 April 1610, David (Lindsay), Earl of Crawford, by whom she had no issue, and from whom she was divorced. She married 3rdly, before 16 February 1618, Thomas Hamilton, of Robertoun (Cokayne 1912, p. 262).
  3. ^ Cokayne cites Scots Peerage vol. 5, p. 165, where it is stated that Jane Stockdale, as wife of a Lord Boyd, must have married this one. However Cokayne notes that as Jane was the youngest of the 18 children of William Stockdale, of Green Hamerton, county York, being 5th daughter by his 2nd wife, Dorothy, daughter of Thomas Mill, of county Durham, married (Visit. of York 1660) "ye Lord Boid of Scotland", if she was married to this Lord Boyd it can only have been as his 2nd wife, and the fact that her eldest brother was not born before 1593, it makes it in the opinion of Cokayne almost incredible (Cokayne 1912, p. 262).
  1. ^ a b Cokayne 1912, p. 262.
  2. ^ Cokayne 1912, p. 261 His elder brother Robert Boyd styled Master Boyd, son and heir apparent, was living 14 October 1550, died s.p. and v. p. soon afterwards.
  3. ^ William Fraser, Memorials of the Earls of Haddington, vol. 2 (Edinburgh, 1889), p. 211
  4. ^ Jamie Reid Baxter, 'The Apocalyptic Muse of Francis Hamilton of Silvertonhill (c.1585-1645)', Journal of the Northern Renaissance, 4, 2012
  5. ^ Robert Pitcairn, Criminal Trials in Scotland, vol. 2 (Edinburgh, 1833), p. 238, quoting the royal treasurer's accounts; "ane cheinzie and ane belt of goldsmyth work, set with pearle, with ane pair of garnissingis in the lyk wark, set with pearle, propynit in his Maiestis name, to Sir George Elphinstounis wyff the day of hir mariage."
  6. ^ Calendar State Papers Scotland, 13:2 (Edinburgh, 1969), p. 705 no. 552: Register of the Great Seal of Scotland, vol. 6, no. 1110.


  • 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.
Further reading
  • 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. 163–168.
Peerage of Scotland
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