NameMaster Thomas ERSKINE Of Erskine , M
Birth Dateabt 1519
Birth PlaceStirling Castle, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Death Dateabt 1553
Death PlaceBrotherstanes, Berwickshire, Scotland
FatherLord John ERSKINE 5th Of Erskine , M (~1489-<1555)
Spouses
Birth Dateabt 1531
Birth PlaceCumbernauld, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Death Datebef Mar 1587
MotherCountess Janet STEWART , F (1502-1562)
Marr Dateabt 1549
Marr MemoMarriage contract dated 30 January 1548-49.
No Children
2UNNAMED , F
Unmarried
ChildrenAdam , M (~1535-)
Unmarried
ChildrenElizabeth , F (~1540->1578)
Notes for Master Thomas ERSKINE Of Erskine
He [John, Lord Erskine] 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 runa 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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Thomas, Master of Erskine after his brother’s death. Before that date, from 1541 onwards to 1547, he held the office of Abbot or Commendator of Dryburgh.

He concluded a treaty with England in June 1551. He had sasine, on 7 October 1551, as sir Thomas, Master of Erskine, of the lands of Brotherstanes, co. Berwick, sold to him by Sir John Home of Coldenknowes.

He seems to have died soon afterwards, or at least before his father.

He married (contract 30 January 1548-49) Margaret, daughter of Malcolm, third Lord Fleming, and widow of Robert, Lord Graham, who fell at Pinkie, but by her had no issue.

He had a natural son, Adam, Commendator of Cambuskenneth, and

a daughter (by a Jonet Abernethy) Elizabeth, married (contract 29 January 1562-63) to Robert Graham of Gartmore, brother of John, Earl of Menteith.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol V, Edinburgh, 1906, p. 611.
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Notes for Margaret (Spouse 1)
He [Malcolm, 3rd of Fleming] had issue:

1. James, fourth Lord
2. John, fifth Lord
3. Johanna, married, first, John Livingston, son of Alexander, Lord Livingston … secondly … John Sandilands of Calder … thirdly …David Crawford of Kerse.
4. Janet, married to Richard, son …of Andrew Brown of Hartree …
5. Agnes, married … William, sixth Lord Livingston

6. Margaret, married, first, to Robert, Master of Graham … secondly … to Thomas, Master of Erskine … thirdly … to John Stewart, 4th Earl of Atholl …

7. Mary … one of the Queen’s Maries …
8. Elizabeth, … married … william, Lord Sanquhar.

Malcolm, Lord Fleming, had at least two natural sons:

William, mentioned in his father’s testiment, 15 February 1546.

John, who had letters of legitimation of 15 June 1541 …

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VIII, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 537-42.
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Margaret, married,

(1) first, to Robert, Master of Graham, who was killed at Pinkie 10 September 1547;

(2) secondly (contract 20 January 1548-49), to Thomas, Master of Erskine, without issue. She had a charter in her viduity in liferent from John Cunningham of Drumquhallel on ! March 1548-49 in implement of her marriage-contract with Thomas, Master of Erskine; and
(3) thirdly (contract 1 april 1557), to John Stewart, fourth Earl of Atholl, Lord chancellor. They had a charter of the lands of Inglassey.

She is said to have possessed powers of incantation, and at the birth of James VI cast the pains of labour from the Queen on the Lady Rires.

She was dead before 15 March 1586-87.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VIII, Edinburgh, 1906, p. 540.
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He [Thomas] married
(contract 30 January 1548-49) Margaret, daughter of Malcolm, third Lord Fleming, and widow of Robert, Lord Graham, who fell at Pinkie, but by her had no issue.

He had a natural son, Adam, Commendator of Cambuskenneth, and

a daughter (by a Jonet Abernethy) Elizabeth, married (contract 29 January 1562-63) to Robert Graham of Gartmore, brother of John, Earl of Menteith.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol V, Edinburgh, 1906, p. 611.
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