Robert Ker, 1st Earl o Roxburghe

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Robert Ker, 1st Earl o Roxburghe (1570? – 1650) wis a Scottis nobleman. He wis the eldest son o William Ker o Cessford (died 1605), and grandson of Sir Walter Ker o Cessford (d. c. 1584), who fought against Mary I, Queen o Scots, baith at Carberry Hill an at Langside.

He helpit James VI against Bothwell. He wis a member o the Privy Cooncil o Scotland frae 1599, an wis creatit Laird Roxburghe in 1600. He accompaniet Keeng James tae Lunnon in 1603.

He succeedit tae his faither's estates in 1606 an wis creatit Earl o Roxburghe in 1616. He was appointit Keeper o the Privy Seal o Scotland in 1637.

He subscribit the Keeng's Covenant at Holyrood in 1638, an joined the Keeng's pairty in the ceevil war. When the Keeng attemptit tae arrest five members o the House of Commons in 1642, Ker kept the door o the chamber open (see airticle on William Lenthall). He supportit the "Engagement" for the Keeng's rescue in 1648, an was consequently deprivit o his office as Keeper o the Privy Seal in 1649.

He deed at Floors, his residence near Kelsae, on 18 Januar 1650. His son Harry, Laird Ker, haed deed in Januar 1643. Consequently his titles an estates passed bi special arrangement tae his grandson, William Drummond (d. 1675), the youngest son o his dochter Jean an her husband John Drummond, 2nt Earl o Pairth. William teuk the name o Ker, became 2nt Earl o Roxburghe, an marriet his cousin, Laird Ker's dochter Jean.

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Poleetical offices
Precedit bi
Thomas Hamilton
Keeper o the Privy Seal o Scotland
1641–1649
Succeedit bi
John Gordon
Peerage o Scotland
Precedit bi
New Creation
Earl o Roxburghe
1616–1650
Succeedit bi
William Ker