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  • ID: I19537
  • Name: John 1st Lord ROSS , of Halkhead 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1425 in Tulloch Castle, Dingwall, Ross-shire, Scotland
  • Death: BEF 16 OCT 1501 in Hawkhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland 2
  • Burial: Renfrew Parish Church, Renfrewshire, Scotland
  • Note:

    JOHN ROSS, of Halkhead (c), co. Renfrew, probably son and heir of Sir John Ross, of the same, heritable Constable of Renfrew Castle, was knighted after 10 August 1450, but before 17 January 1450/1, when he had a charter of the lands of Tarbert, co. Ayr, and Auchinbak, co. Renfrew;(a) had a safe-conduct to pass through England, 12 May 1451; Keeper of Blackness Castle, 146368; Sheriff of Linlithgow, before 1468, being reappointed for life, 9 March 1472/3; had charters of Starlaw and Denys in the barony of Bathgate, co. Renfrew, and of Lochtillow in the same barony, 16 July 1468; Ambassador to England, 24 August 1473; one of the Conservators of a truce between England and Scotland, 21 September 1484; one of the Barons in Parliament [SCT], 3 February 1489/90. He was created, between 9 January 1498/9 and 31 May 1499, a Lord of Parliament as LORD ROSS of Halkhead [SCT].

    He married, 1stly, Marjory, daughter of John MURE, of Caldwell. She was buried in the parish church of Renfrew. He married, 2ndly, after 1491, Marion or Mariota, widow of John (SOMERVILLE), 2nd LORD SOMERVILLE [SCT], daughter of Sir William BAILLIE, of Lamington. From her he obtained a divorce. He died between 12 December 1500 and 16 October 1501, and was buried with his 1st wife, at Renfrew. His divorced wife was alive January 1505/6. [Complete Peerage XI:155-6, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]

    (c) John Ross, the direct ancestor of the family of Halkhead or Hacket or Hawket, received a grant of that estate in the Barony of Renfrew in 1367 from Robert, Earl of Strathearn, afterwards King Robert II of Scotland. Although there is no evidence of a connection between the Halkhead family and the ancient Earls of Ross, King Robert, who married as his 2nd wife, Eupheme, daughter of Hugh, 4th Earl of Ross, describes John Ross, both in the charter of 1367 and in another charter of 30 Mar 1390 as "conanguineus noster". It may be noted that the arms of the Lowland family of Ross of Halkhead, which claimed to be akin to the English family of Ros [of Helmesley], so called from the place of that name in Yorkshire, were clearly derived from its arms (gules 3 water-bougets silver), being: Gold a chevron checkered sable and silver between 3 water-bougets sable, whereas those of the ancient Earls of Ross, a Highland family were: Gules, three lions rampant silver.

    Father: John ROSS , of Halkhead, Constable Renfrew Castle b: ABT 1395 in Hawkhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Marjory MURE b: ABT 1428 in Caldwell, Renfrewshire, Scotland
    • Married: in 1st wife 2
    1. Has Children Elizabeth ROSS b: ABT 1447 in Hawkhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland
    2. Has Children Robert (John) ROSS , Master of Halkhead b: ABT 1449 in Hawkhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland

    Marriage 2 Marion (Mariota\Marie) BAILLIE b: ABT 1430 in Lamington, Ayrshire, Scotland
    • Married: AFT 1491 in 2nd husband 2nd wife - divorced 2

    1. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
      Page: 2579
      Text: father of Elizabeth
    2. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: XI:155-6
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