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Notes on William of Ruthven

Cowan, Samuel. The Ruthven family papers : London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & co. ltd., 1912

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William of Ruthven, perhaps the same who was chamberlain to Malise, Earl of Strathearn, witnessed a charter in 1270. As Sir William of Ruthven, he witnessed two charters in January 1267-68, and another in 1290. He did homage to Edward 1. in 1291 and 1296. As William of Ruthven, Lord of that ilk, he about 1298 confirmed the charter of his father, Walter, son of Alan, of the lands of Scone. He left two sons, Walter and Gilbert, by Margaret, d. of Ramsay of Auchterhouse. At the siege of Perth in 1297, Sir William Wallace substituted his own garrison for that of the English, but whether he appointed Sir John Ramsay or Sir William Ruthven, Governor of Perth, is certainly not clear. Sir William, with thirty followers, joined Wallace at this engagement and fought it is recorded, with determined energy. For his gallant conduct Wallace appointed Sir William Ruthven Sheriff of Perth, to be hereditary in the Ruthven family. Sir William died in the following year, 1298.