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Sir Robert Ayton (1570–1638) by Francesco Fanelli © Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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Ayton, Sir Robert (1570–1638), poet and courtier, was born at the castle of Kinaldie, near St Andrews, Fife, the second of four sons, to Andrew Ayton (d. 1589), landowner, and his wife, Mariona London or Lundie, daughter of the laird of Balgonie...

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Campbell, John, second marquess of Breadalbane (1796–1862), politician and courtier, known in his younger days as Lord Glenorchy, and, after his father's elevation to the marquessate in 1831, as earl of Ormelie, was born at Dundee on 26 October 1796. He was the son of ...

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Mary Campbell of Mamore (bap. 1685, d. 1736) by J. Heath, pubd 1798 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell [née Bellenden], Mary, of Mamore (bap. 1685, d. 1736), courtier, was baptized in Edinburgh on 4 May 1685, the third daughter of John Bellenden (formerly Ker), second Lord Bellenden (c.1660–1706), and Mary, dowager countess of Dalhousie (c.1669–1726)...

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Charles Douglas, third duke of Queensberry and second duke of Dover (1698–1778) attrib. Thomas Hudson private collection; photograph National Galleries of Scotland

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Douglas, Charles, third duke of Queensberry and second duke of Dover (1698–1778), courtier and politician, the son of James Douglas, second duke of Queensberry and first duke of Dover (1662–1711), and his wife, Mary Boyle (1670/71–1709), daughter of Charles, Lord Clifford, was born at ...

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Drummond, James, first Lord Maderty (1551x61–1623), courtier, was the second son of David, second Lord Drummond (d. 1571), and his wife, Lilias Ruthven (d. 1579), a daughter of William, second Lord Ruthven. Drummond first became important through his acquisition of Inchaffray Abbey...

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Erskine, Thomas, first earl of Kellie (1566–1639), courtier, was the second son of Sir Alexander Erskine of Gogar (c.1521–1588×92) and Margaret, daughter of George Home, fourth Lord Home; George Erskine was his younger brother. Erskine was educated with James VI, and became a gentleman of the bedchamber in 1585. He was confirmed in royal favour when at the time of the ...

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Fowler, William (1560/61–1612), writer and courtier, was the son of Jane Fisher and William Fowler (d. 1572), a prominent Edinburgh burgess and treasurer of the French revenues of Mary, queen of Scots. Fowler's sister was the mother of the Scottish writer William Drummond...

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Sir Robert Gordon of Gordonstoun, first baronet (1580–1656) by unknown artist, 1621 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Gordon, Sir Robert, of Gordonstoun, first baronet (1580–1656), historian and courtier, was born on 14 May 1580 at Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland, the fourth son of Alexander Gordon, twelfth earl of Sutherland (1552–1594) [see under Gordon, John, eleventh earl of Sutherland (1525–1567)], and his second wife, ...

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Greig, Sir Louis Leisler (1880–1953), courtier, was born in Glasgow on 17 November 1880, the ninth of eleven children. His father, (Robert) David Greig (1838–1900), was a prosperous merchant; his mother, Jessie, née Thomson (1844–1915), also from middle-class stock, was a woman of formidable energy and rectitude. ...

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Hamilton, James, first earl of Abercorn (1575–1618), courtier and administrator, was the eldest son of Claud Hamilton, first Lord Paisley (1546?–1621), and his wife, Margaret Seton (d. 1616), daughter of George, fifth Lord Seton. His links by blood and marriage to many of the most powerful nobles in ...

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Hamilton, James, second marquess of Hamilton (1589–1625), courtier, was the son of John Hamilton, first marquess of Hamilton (1539/40–1604), and Margaret (c.1545–1625), daughter of John Lyon, seventh Lord Glamis, and widow of Gilbert Kennedy, fourth earl of Cassillis. All that is known of his education is that he was brought up with ...

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Hay, John, of Cromlix, Jacobite duke of Inverness (1691–1740), Jacobite courtier and army officer, was the third son of Thomas Hay, seventh earl of Kinnoull (c.1660–1719), and Elizabeth (1669–1696), only daughter of William Drummond, first viscount of Strathallan. George Hay, eighth earl of Kinnoull...

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George Home, earl of Dunbar (d. 1611) by unknown artist Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Home, George, earl of Dunbar (d. 1611), courtier and administrator, was the fourth son of Alexander Home of Manderston (d. 1593) and Janet Home (d. 1593), daughter of George Home of Spott. The date of his birth is uncertain. There were many divisions among the ...

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Hume, Sir Patrick, of Polwarth (c. 1550–1609), courtier and poet, was the eldest son and heir of Patrick Hume (d. 1599) of Polwarth and Redbraes, near Duns, 50 miles south-east of Edinburgh, and Agnes Hume of Manderston. He was one of seven sons and four daughters, all of whom apparently survived childhood. The ...

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Ker, Robert, first earl of Ancram (1578–1654), courtier and politician, was the eldest son of William Ker of Ancram (d. 1590) and Margaret, daughter of Alexander Dundas of Fingask. His father was assassinated in 1590 and his mother subsequently married Sir George Douglas...