NameLady Borthwick , F
Spouses
Birth Dateabt 1388
Birth PlaceCatcune, Midlothian, Scotland
Death Datebef 7 Mar 1450
Death PlaceBorthwick Castle, Midlothian, Scotland
MotherLady Borthwick , F
ChildrenWilliam (3) , M (~1409-)
 Janet , F (~1415-)
Notes for William (2) (Spouse 1)
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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Sir William Borthwick, the second of Borthwick, who was Captain of Edinburgh Castle in 1420
, and had the collection of customs delegated to him, although not himself free from the charge of having been a depredator.

- He was one of the hostages given for James I when he was allowed to visit Scotland in 1421 and
- a commissioner to treat for his release in 1423.
- Again, he was a hostage for his Majesty when he was permitted to return to his own kingdom in 1424.
- In 1425 he was on the assize for the trial of Murdoch, Duke of Albany, and
- in the same year one of the substituted hostages for the ransom of the King sent to England, where he remained till 1427, when an order was issued for his liberation from the custody of the Prior of Durham.

On 2 June 1430 he obtained from the King a letter of licence to erect, at the Mote of Lochorwort, what has been authoritatively described as by far the finest of our castles built on the model of a keep.Borthwick Castle superseded Catcune as the principal residence of the family, but Catcune remained a possession for more than two centuries afterwards.

It has been often stated that the Peerage was created in the person of this Sir William,

but that he died a commoner, before 7 March 1449-50,


is proved by the description of his daughter, Lady Dalkeith, in a Crown charter of confirmation, as ‘filia quondam Wilelmi de Borthwick de eodem militis.’

He is known to have had issue:

1. William, first Lord Borthwick
2. Janet, married, first as his second wife, to James Douglas, Lord of Dalkeith (whose first wife was the Princess Elizabeth, third daughter of Robert III), and secondly, to George Crichton, Earl of Caithness

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol II, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 95-6.
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