NameLord John ERSKINE 5th Of Erskine , M
Birth Dateabt 1489
Birth PlaceStirling Castle, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Death Datebef Nov 1555
Death PlaceStirling Castle, Stirlingshire, Scotland
FatherLord Robert ERSKINE 4th Of Erskine , M (~1467-1513)
Spouses
Birth Dateabt 1496
Birth PlaceInveraray, Argyll, Scotland
Marr Dateabt 1510
Marr PlaceErskine, Renfrewshire, Scotland
ChildrenCatherine , F (~1511-)
 Margaret , F (~1512-1572)
 Janet , F (~1513-)
 Robert , M (~1517-1547)
 Thomas , M (~1519-~1553)
 Alexander , M (~1521-<1592)
 Elizabeth , F (~1523-)
 John , M (~1525-1572)
 Arthur , M (~1527-<1571)
2UNNAMED , F
Unmarried
ChildrenMargaret , F (~1509-)
Notes for Lord John ERSKINE 5th Of Erskine
He [Robert, 4th Lord Erskine] married, about 1485, Elizabeth (or Isobel), daughter of Sir George Campbell of Loudoun, who survived him, and was apparently still alive in 1519.

They had issue:

1. Robert, Master of Erskine, who predeceased his father unmarried.

2. John, who succeeded.

3. James, who, as brother-german of John, Lord Erskine, received, on 3 May 1528, a Crown charter of the lands of Little Suchie, co. Sterling. …
4. Mr. Alexander, parson of Monibroch or Kilsyth.
5. Mr. William, of whom nothing is known.
6. Margaret, … was married … to James Haldane of Gleneagles …
7. Janet, named in her sister, Margaret’s, contract …

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol V, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 608-09.
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V. John, fifth Lord Erskine, who succeeded, was during his father’s lifetime known as Sir John Erskine of Nisbet and had the rank of knight before June 1510. He succeeded his father after Flodden, and received sasine of a large number of lands in November 1513.


He is said to have been sent in 1515 as a Scottish ambassador to France to obtain the inclusion of Scotland in the treaty with England, but the only reference to him at the period simply shows he was a witness to the acceptance, dated at Edinburgh 15 May 1515, of the treaty by the nobles of Scotland.

He was one of three lords appointed to be the personal guardians of the young King James V, and had a salary of £200 for the third part of the year from September 1417 to September 1508, the same sum annually for the years from September 1518 to May 1522. At a later date, he had £50 a month. Ordinances were made on 3 August 1522, regulating the arrangements at the castle of Stirling, and the salaries of the officers, and a special Act of Parliament was passed on 2 September 1523 to a similar effect.

He is said to have been ambassador to France in 1535, but it was Sir Thomas Erskine of Brechin who filled that post.

When King James V sailed on his expedition to the Isles in 1540, he appointed Lord Erskine one of the guardians to his infant son, James, and in 1542 the young Queen of Scots was placed under his charge.

Lord Erskine continued to hold the keepership of Stirling Castle until his death, and he also had the custody of the Castle of Edinburgh.

He is usually said to have died in 1552, but he was a party to the marriage-constact, on 16 January 1554-55, of his son, Alexander, and he was apparently alive on 11 July 1555, when his son John was still Commendator of Dryburgh, but

he died between that date and the following November when his son had sasine of his lands.

He is said to have married Margaret, eldest daughter of Archibald, second Earl of Argyll, and

they had issue:

1. Robert, Master of Erskine, who had a charter of the lands of Kellie in Aberdeenshire … He was killed at the battle of Pinkie 10 September 1547
2. Thomas, Master of Erskine after his brother’s death … He seems to have died … before his father.
3. John, sixth Lord Erskine.
4. Sir Alexander Erskine of Gogar, ancestor of the Earls of Kellie
5. Arthur Erskine of Blackgrange, referred to as brother of John, Lord Erskine and Alexander Erskine …
6. Catherine, … was married to Alexander, second Lord Elphinstone …
7. Margaret, … contracted to Robert Douglas of Lochleven and married him, became the mother, by King James V of James Stewart
8. Janet, married … John Murray of Touchadam, ancestor of the Polmaise family.
9. Elizabeth, who was married to Walter Seton of Touch of Tullibody, is said to have been a daughter of this Lord Erskine

Lord Erskine had apparently another daughter, Margaret, married, before August 1526, to George Home of Lundies, with a tocher of 400 merks. So runs a memorandum on the contract of 25 June 1518 … where she is identified with Margaret there named, but it seems probable she was another daughter, perhaps illegitimate. She and her husband were both alive on 25 March 1556.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol V, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 609-12
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