Person:John Erskine (27)

John Erskine, 18th Earl of Mar
m. 29 JAN 1557
  1. John Erskine, 18th Earl of Mar1556 - 1634
  2. Margaret Erskine1558 - 1599
m. 7 Dec 1592
  1. Mary Erskine1593 - 1665
  2. Anne Erskine1595 - 1640
  3. Margaret Erskine1599 - 1618
  4. James Erskine, 6th Earl of Buchan1600 - 1639/40
  5. Henry Erskine, Master of Cardross1605 - 1628
  6. Lady Margaret Erskine1610 - 1664
  7. Charles Erskine1611 - 1663
  8. Lady Catherine Erskine - 1635
  • HJohn Erskine, 18th Earl of Mar1556 - 1634
  • W.  Anne Drummond (add)
  1. John Erskine, 20th/3rd Earl of Marabt 1585 - 1653
Facts and Events
Name John Erskine, 18th Earl of Mar
Gender Male
Birth? 1556 Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Alt Birth[1] c. 1558
Marriage 7 Dec 1592 Aberdeenshire, Scotlandto Lady Mary Stewart
Death[1] 14 Dec 1634 Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland

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John Erskine, 2nd Earl of Mar (ca. 1558 – 14 December 1634) was a Scottish politician, the only son of John Erskine, 1st Earl of Mar. Together with King James VI of Scotland he was educated by George Buchanan. After attaining his majority he was nominally the guardian of the young king, who was about seven years his junior, and who lived with him at Stirling; but he was in reality something of a puppet in the hands of the regent, James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton; and he lost power and position when Morton was imprisoned.

He married his first wife, Anne Drummond (1555 - 1592), daughter of David Drummond and Lilias Ruthven.

He was concerned in the seizure of James VI in 1582 (a plot known as the raid of Ruthven); but when James escaped from his new custodians the earl fled into the west of Scotland. Then leaving his hiding-place the Earl of Mar seized Stirling Castle, whereupon James marched against him, and he took refuge in England. Queen Elizabeth I interceded for him, but in vain, and after some futile communications between the governments of England and Scotland the Earl of Mar and his friends gathered an army, entered the presence of the king at Stirling, and were soon in supreme authority (1585). The Earl of Mar was restored to his lands and titles. Henceforward he stood high in the royal favor; he became governor of Edinburgh Castle and was made tutor to James's son, Prince Henry.

For his second wife, in 07 dez 1592 he married Mary, daughter of Esmé Stewart, 1st Duke of Lennox. Their daughter, Lady Mary Erskine, married William Keith, 3rd Earl Marischal.

In 1601, the earl was sent as envoy to London; here Elizabeth I assured him that James should be her successor, and his mission was conducted with tact and prudence. Subsequently, Mar and the King continued a secret correspondence with Robert Cecil. After the Union of the Crowns, having joined the English privy council, the Earl of Mar was created Lord Cardross in 1610; he was a member of the Court of High Commission and was Lord High Treasurer of Scotland from 1615 to 1630. He died at Stirling on 14 December 1634.

John Erskine, 3rd Earl of Mar (c. 1585–1654), his only son by his first wife, succeeded to his earldom; by his second wife he had five sons, among them being James (died 1640), earl of Buchan; Henry (died 1628), whose son David succeeded to the barony of Cardross; and Charles, the ancestor of the earls of Rosslyn.

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