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Notes on William, second Lord Ruthven

Cowan, Samuel. The Ruthven family papers : London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & co. ltd., 1912
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William, second Lord Ruthven, son of the Master of Ruthven, succeeded his grandfather, the first Lord. As Provost of Perth he was made custodier of the royal manors and hospitals within the burgh, 10th September 1528; and his lands of Glenshee were erected into a free forest, 28th August 1536. He was appointed an Extraordinary Lord of Session, 16th February 1539; and Keeper of the Privy Seal, 8th August 1546. He married, and by doing so greatly added to his estates, Janet, eldest daughter and co-heriss of Patrick, Lord Halliburton of Dirleton, and had issue, Patrick who succeeded his father; James of Forteviot, Henry and William.

There is a charter to William, Lord Ruthven, Janet Halliburton, his wife, and James, their son, of half of the lands of Forteviot, 24th January 1536; and another to James, second son of William, Lord Ruthven, of the barony of Legge Kingston, 5th February 1551. James died without issue, and Patrick, Lord Ruthven, was served heir to his brother, 9th January 1553. In addition to the above four brothers there were : Alexander Ruthven of Freeland; Lilias, married to David, second Lord Drummond; Catherine, married to Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy; Cecilia, married to David Wemyss of Wemyss; Barbara, married to the sixth Lord Grey; Janet, married to John Crichton of Strathord; Margaret, married to James Johnston of Elphinston; Christian, married to William Lundin of Lundin.