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Notes on Sir John Ruthven of Ruthven

Cowan, Samuel. The Ruthven family papers : London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & co. ltd., 1912
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Sir John Ruthven of Ruthven, who succeeded his father, was at the assize of 10th August 1440, and was appointed Sheriff of Perth, 21st April 1444. He probably died before 26th July 1454, from which date William Murray of Gask appears to have been Sheriff of Perth, and engaged in the temporary administration of that office.

In 1443 John Gormac of Atholl, captain of a band of freebooters, attacked Sir John Ruthven, Sheriff of Perth, at the head of his guards, while leading a thief from Atholl to the gallows. A skirmish ensued, when Gormac and thirteen of his men were slain, by Sir John and an escort, on the North Inch of Perth. According to the Exchequer Rolls, Sir John was also slain; but this is not confirmed. On account of the weakness and inadequacy of the administration, no trial appears to have taken place in connection with this remarkable event.
Sir John left issue, one son, named Patrick.