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Lothian, Earl of (S, 1606 - 1624)


Creation: let. pat. 10 Jul 1606


Extinct: 6 Mar 1624


Family name: Ker




See Marquess of Lothian



Mark [Ker], 1st Lord Newbottle later 1st Earl of Lothian

1st son and heir of Mark Ker, Abbot later Commendator of Newbottle, by his wife Lady Helen Leslie, 2nd dau. by his first wife of George [Leslie], 4th Earl of Rothes




bef. 1592 Hon Margaret Maxwell (d. 8 Jan 1617), 1st dau. of John [Maxwell], 4th Lord Herries of Terregles, by his wife Hon Agnes Herries, suo jure Lady Herries of Terregles


1. Hon Robert Ker, later 2nd Earl of Lothian

2. Hon Sir William Ker of Blackhope (dsp. after 19 Feb 1632)

3. Hon Sir Mark Ker of Maudslie (dsp.legit. Nov 1652)

4. Hon James Ker (dsp. 1625)

5. Hon John Ker (dsp. after 1625)

1. Lady Jean Ker, mar. (1) bef. 1595 Hon Robert Boyd, Master of Boyd (dvp. May 1597), 1st son and heir ap. of Thomas [Boyd], 6th Lord Boyd, by his first wife Margaret Campbell, 2nd dau. of Sir Matthew Campbell of Loudoun, (2) betw. 4 Mar 1606 and 16 Apr 1610 David [Lindsay], 12th Earl of Crawford, and (3) bef. 16 Feb 1618 Thomas Hamilton of Robertoun, and had issue by her first and second husbands

2. Lady Janet Ker, mar. c. 1609 William [Cunningham], 8th Earl of Glencairn, and had issue

3. Lady Margaret Ker (d. 15 Mar 1644/5), mar. (1) bef. 6 Aug 1591 James [Hay], 7th Lord Hay of Yester, and (2) after 15 Dec 1609 Hon Sir Andrew Ker, Master of Jedburgh, only son and heir ap. of Andrew [Ker], 1st Lord Jedburgh, and had issue by her first husband

4. Lady Isabel Ker (d. 1628), mar. 20 Jul 1603 William [Douglas], 1st Earl of Queensberry, and had issue

5. Lady Lilias Ker (d. 10 Jul 1659), mar. bef. 1616 John [Borthwick], 8th Lord Borthwick, and had issue

6. Lady Mary Ker, mar. Sir James Richardson of Smeaton

7. Lady Elizabeth Ker, mar. after 1598 as his second wife Sir Alexander Hamilton of Innerwick


8 Apr 1609


15 Oct 1591 Lord Newbottle, with remainder to his heirs male and assigness

10 Jul 1606 Earl of Lothian, with remainder to his heirs male

suc. by



Vicar of Linton, co. Peebles 1567;  Master of the Requests 1577-1606;  Gentleman of the Bedchamber 1580;  an Extraordinary Lord of Session 1584-1609


Robert [Ker], 2nd Earl of Lothian



27 May 1611 Lady Annabella Campbell (d. aft. 16 Jul 1652), 2nd dau. of Archibald [Campbell], 7th Earl of Argyll, by his first wife Lady Anne Douglas, 5th dau. of William [Douglas], 6th Earl of Morton


1. Hon Charles Ker, styled Lord Newbottle (dvp. 1623)

1. Lady Anne Ker (d. 26 Mar 1677), mar. 9 Dec 1630 her fifth cousin once removed William [Kerr], 1st Earl of Lothian, and had issue

2. Lady Joanna Ker (d. after 27 Jan 1636)


s.p.m.s. 6 Mar 1624


Knight of the Bath 1603 at the Coronation of King James I


In 1621 the 2nd Earl of Lothian surrendered the Lordship of Newbottle and obtained a new grant to himself and the heirs male of his body, with remainders (1) to his eldest heir female if she be unmarried at his death and thereafter marry a gentleman of the name of Kerr, of lawful blood and honourably descended, who shall assume and bear the arms of the Earldom of Lothian and the House of Newbottle; (2) to his next heir female under the same conditions if his eldest daughter marry before his death; (3) to his brother James; (4) to his cousins Robert, Earl of Roxburghe, and Sir Walter Kerr of Fawdonside;  as far as it is known this surrender and regrant only applied to the Lordship of Newbottle, yet on his death he had surviving younger brothers who should have succeeded to the Earldom of Lothian but were prohibited from so doing by the Privy Council;  however, if the surrender and regrant of 1621 did also include the Earldom of Lothian, then his eldest daughter and heir of line, Lady Anne Ker, would have succeeded as suo jure Countess of Lothian on his death and it would not have been necessary to make a new grant of the Earldom of Lothian six years later in 1631 to her husband and distant kinsman, Hon William Kerr, whom she had married in 1630.




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