NameSir William (1) BORTHWICK Knight Of Borthwick , M
Birth Dateabt 1367
Birth PlaceCatcune, Midlothian, Scotland
Death Dateabt 1414
Death PlaceCatcune, Midlothian, Scotland
ChildrenWilliam (2) , M (~1388-<1450)
 Margaret , F (~1390-)
Notes for Sir William (1) BORTHWICK Knight Of Borthwick
Sir William Borthwick, in 1378, was in possession of the lands of Catcune, Midlothian, and who appears to have been variously described as of Catcune, of Ligertwood, and of Borthwick.

He was employed as an ambassador or commissioner in the reigns of Robert III and James I, and went to England on many diplomatic missions, from 1398 to 1413.

- On 21 September 1405 he was one of the hostages for Archibald, Earl of Douglas, who had been taken, for the second time, at the battle of Shrewsbury.
- He obtained a charter of the lands of Borthwic and Thoftcotys in Selkirkshire, 4 June 1410.
- Between 1408 and 1414 he is several times noticed in conjunction with William de Borthwick, his son.

The name William occurs as that of the eldest son in six or seven successive generations in the main line of the family, and in seven successive generations of the Soltray branch, and difficulty has always been experienced in distinguishing any one William from those coming immediately before and after him.

There is still room for hesitation at the starting-point, as elsewhere, but, looking to the dates, the probability is that

the first knight died in or soon after 1414,

and was succeeded by his son,

Sir William the second of Borthwick, …

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol II, Edinburgh, 1906, p. 95
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