John Erskine, 18t Yerl o Mar

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The 17t Earl o Mar.

John Erskine, 17t Earl o Mar (dee'd 28 October 1572), regent o Scotland, wis a son o John, 5t Lord Erskine, who wis guardian o Keeng James V, an efterwards o Mary I, Queen o Scots.

Lord Mar wis Commendator o Dryburgh Abbey frae 1547,[1] an succeedit his faither as 6t Lord Erskine in 1552. He joined the releegious reformers, but wis never very ardent in the cause. He did subscribe tae the letter askin the Calvinist reformer John Knox tae return tae Scotland in 1557. The custody o Edinburgh Castle wis in his haunds, an durin the struggle atween the regent, Mary o Guise, an the Lords o the Congregation he appears tae hae actit consistently in the interests o peace.

When Mary, Queen o Scots, returned tae Scotland in 1561 Lord Erskine wis a member o her cooncil, an he favored her marriage wi Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, an his wife, Annabella Murray, cawed bi Knox a "verray Jesabell", wis a frequent companion o the queen. In 1565 Erskine wis grantit the earldom o Mar. As guardian o James, afterwards Keeng James VI, he preventit the yung prince frae fawin intae the haunds o James Hepburn, 4t Earl o Bothwell, an whan the Scots nobles rose against Mary an Bothwell, Mar wis ane o thair leaders; he teuk pairt in the govrenment o Scotland durin Marys imprisonment at Lochleven, an an' a' efter her subsequent abdication. In September 1571 he wis chosen Regent o Scotland, but he wis overshadaed an perhaps slightit bi the James Douglas, 4t Earl o Morton, an he dee'd o naitural causes at Stirling on 29 October 1572.

John began buildin the hoose at Stirling cawed 'Mar's Wark', nou a ruin in the care o Historic Scotland.

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  1. Scottish Corresponence of Mary of Lorraine, SHS (1927), 220 note.

Alan Stewart Cradle King

Government offices
Precedit bi
The Earl o Lennox
Regent o Scotland
1571–1572
Succeedit bi
The Earl o Morton
Peerage o Scotland
New creation Earl o Mar
1565–1572
Succeedit bi
John Erskine
Precedit bi
John Erskine
Lord Erskine
1552–1572