James Johnstone Ruthven

1693–3 July 1783 (Age 90)
Dumfriesshire, Scotland

The Life Summary of James Johnstone

When James Johnstone Ruthven was born in 1693, in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, his father, Col James Johnstone Ruthven Ruthven of Graitney, was 34 and his mother, Isabel Ruthven, was 31. He married Janet Nisbet on 3 December 1732, in Forgandenny, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He died on 3 July 1783, in Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 90.

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James Johnstone Ruthven
Anne Stuart
Marriage: before 1737
Elizabeth Ann Stuart
Elizabeth Maria Ruthven
William Ruthven
Ann Ruthven
Isabel Ruthven
Steuart James Ruthven
Wortley Montagu Ruthven
John Ruthven
Jean Ruthven
Grace Ruthven
Janet Ruthven
Crawford Ruthven
Hannah Ruthven

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    before 1737Scotland, United Kingdom
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    Name Meaning

    Scottish: habitational name, traditionally pronounced ‘Ri-ven’, from Ruthven by Huntingtower (Perthshire); also possibly from Ruthven (Angus) and various other places of that name throughout Scotland, named either with Gaelic ruadh ‘red’ + mhaighin ‘place’ or with a cognate of Welsh rhudd faen ‘red stone’. The oldest family of this name, the lords of the barony of Ruthven by Perth, were descended from Thor, son of Swain, lord of Tranent in Lothian and first sheriff of Edinburgh on record in the mid 12th century. The family eventually gained the title of Earl of Gowrie, but because of what became known as ‘the Gowrie Conspiracy’ the title was forfeited and from 1600 to 1641 the surname itself was proscribed. The title was later restored to the family, and the present Earl of Gowrie bears the surname Ruthven.

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    Sources (19)

    • James Ruthven or Johnstone in entry for James Baron Ruthven Ruthven, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
    • James Baron Ruthven Ruthven in entry for Robert Baronet Laurie and Elizabeth Maria Ruthven, "Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910"
    • Ruthven, Lord in entry for Robert Laurie, Capt, "British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices"

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