Sir William RUTHVEN, 1st Earl of Gowrie, 4th Earl of Ruthven[1]

Male 1541 - 1584  (~ 42 years)


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  • Name William RUTHVEN  [1
    Prefix Sir 
    Suffix 1st Earl of Gowrie, 4th Earl of Ruthven 
    Born May 1541  Ruthven Castle, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 May 1584  Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I24198  YOUNG, Richard Perry
    Last Modified 30 Oct 2018 

    Father Patrick RUTHVEN,   b. Abt 1520, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1566, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Mother Countess Janet STEWART,   b. 17 Jul 1502, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1580, of , Caithness-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Family ID F866  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Dorthea STEWART,   b. Abt 1551, Ruthven Castle, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1627, of , , Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married 17 Aug 1561  of , Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Lady Mary RUTHVEN, Countess,   b. 1 Jul 1562, Invergowrie, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1596, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     2. Katherine RUTHVEN,   b. Abt 1564, of , , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1580  (Age ~ 16 years)
     3. Lady Jean RUTHVEN, of Gowrie,   b. Abt 1564, Ruthven Castle, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1612, of , , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)
     4. Leylas RUTHVEN,   b. 27 Jan 1568, Ruthven Castle, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Marjory RUTHVEN,   b. Abt 1569, Ruthven Castle, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Sophia Jane RUTHVEN,   b. Abt 1569, Ruthven Castle, Huntingtower, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1592, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 23 years)
     7. Lady Dorothea RUTHVEN,   b. 30 Apr 1570, Ruthven Castle, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Isabel RUTHVEN,   b. Abt 1572, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1616, of , , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years)
     9. Lady Beatrice RUTHVEN,   b. Abt 1573, Gowrie, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1618, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years)
     10. John RUTHVEN,   b. Abt 1577, Ruthven Castle, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1600, Ruthven Castle, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 23 years)
     11. Alexander RUTHVEN,   b. 22 Jan 1580, Ruthven Castle, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1600, of Ruthven Castle, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     12. Sir William RUTHVEN,   b. Abt 1582, Ruthven Castle, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1620, of , London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years)
     13. Doctor Patrick RUTHVEN, of Gowrie,   b. Abt 1583, Ruthven Castle, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1652, Saint George, Southwark, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2018 16:32:00 
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  • Notes 
    • Life Sketch

      William Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie, 4th Lord of Ruthven (c. 1541 \endash  May 1584) was a Scottish peer known for devising the Raid of Ruthven.

      William Ruthven was born in 1541 in Ruthven Castle, Perthshire, Scotland, the son of Patrick Ruthven, 3rd Lord Ruthven.

      On 23 August 1581, he was named Earl of Gowrie by James VI of Scotland.

      In 1582 Ruthven devised and undertook the Raid of Ruthven - a plot to seize the fifteen-year-old James VI during the king's visit to his home at Hunting-tower Castle. Ruthven was the last-known custodian of the silver casket that contained the Casket Letters; letters said to have been written by Mary, Queen of Scotland, whose third husband was James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell.

      William was detained and beheaded for high treason, all his honors were forfeited. He was executed in May 1584. Following his execution, his lands were divided among the king's favourites.

      A letter produced in the posthumous trial of Robert Logan of Restalrig in 1609 referred to William as Greysteil, a character in a popular poem of his time noted for his strength and sinister powers.

      William Ruthven was married twice: first to Dorothea Stewart, the oldest daughter of Henry Stewart, 1st Lord Methven; and later to Janet Stewart, daughter of John Stewart, 2nd Earl of Atholl.[citation needed]

      William and Dorothea had ten daughters and four sons including James Ruthven, 2nd Earl of Gowrie and John Ruthven, 3rd Earl of Gowrie

           ---  on FamilySearch  30 Oct 2018

  • Sources 
    1. [S22] FamilySearch (http://new.familysearch.org), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://new.familysearch.org)), accessed 28 Apr 2017), entry for Mary Ruthven, person ID L8WC-58D. (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S22] FamilySearch (http://new.familysearch.org), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://new.familysearch.org)), accessed 30 Oct 2018), entry for William Ruthven, person ID LRX3-FQC. (Reliability: 3).
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    3. [S22] FamilySearch (http://new.familysearch.org), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://new.familysearch.org)), accessed 5 May 2017), entry for William Ruthven, person ID LJBL-8X9. (Reliability: 3).