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.
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.
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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