Sir Patrick Ruthven 3rd Lord of Ruthven

Male1520–13 June 1566

Brief Life History of Patrick

When Sir Patrick Ruthven 3rd Lord of Ruthven was born in 1520, in Ruthven Castle, Perthshire, Scotland, his father, Sir William Ruthven 2nd Lord, Sheriff of Perth, was 20 and his mother, Janet Halyburton 6th Lady Dirletoun, was 17. He married Lady Janet Douglas Baroness of Ruthven on 8 August 1546, in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 13 June 1566, in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, at the age of 46, and was buried in Newcastle, Shropshire, England.

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Family Time Line

Sir Patrick Ruthven 3rd Lord of Ruthven
Lady Janet Douglas Baroness of Ruthven
Marriage: 8 August 1546
Sir William Ruthven -1st Earl of Gowrie
Christian Ruthven
Lady Isabella Ruthven
John Macdowall (9th Laird of Garthland)
George Ruthven
Patrick Ruthven Master of Ruthven
Archibald Ruthven
Honorable James Ruthven
Lady Jean Ruthven
Alexander Ruthven I

Sources (9)

  • Legacy NFS Source: Patrick Ruthven 3rd Lord - death: 13 June 1566;
  • Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1-22
  • The Ruthven family papers

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    8 August 1546Perth, Perthshire, Scotland
  • Children (10)

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    Siblings (13)

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    World Events (2)

    1549 · Book of Common Prayer

    Age 29

    Book of Common Prayer, a product of the English Reformation, was published in 1549 for assistance in the administration of the sacraments and other rites and ceremonies of the church according to the use of the Church of England. The book outlined morning, evening, and communion prayers and orders for baptism and marriage, thus making England a truly Protestant state.

    1558 · Act of Uniformity

    Age 38

    The Act of Uniformity was passed by the Parliament of England and required all people to go to church once a week. The consequence of not attending church was a fine of 12 pence, which was a considerable amount for a poor person.

    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.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Ruthen's own Words

    This is a story written by Patrick Ruthen himself about a very important incident in his life. A RELATION Of the DEATH of David Rizzi, Chief FAVORITE to Mary Stuart Queen of Scotland; Who was kill …

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