2ND OR 7TH
See also:James VI. he was educated by
See also:Buchanan . After attaining his majority he was nominally the
See also:guardian of the
See also:young king, who was about seven years his junior, and who lived with him at
See also:Stirling; but he was in reality a puppet in the hands of the
See also:regent, the
See also:earl of
See also:Morton; and he lost power and position when Morton was imprisoned . He was concerned in the seizure of James VI. in 1582 (a plot known as the
See also:raid of
See also:Ruthven) ; but when James escaped from his new custodians the earl fled into the west of Scotland . Then leaving his hiding-place
See also:Mar seized Stirling
See also:Castle, whereupon James marched against him, and he took
See also:refuge in England .
See also:Elizabeth interceded for him, but in vain, and after some futile communications between the governments of England and Scotland Mar and his friends gathered an army, entered the presence of the king at Stirling, and were soon in supreme authority (1585) . Mar was restored to his lands and titles . Henceforward he stood high in the royal favour; he became governol of
See also:Edinburgh Castle and was made tutor to James's son,
See also:Henry, and for his second wife he married Mary, daughter of Esme
See also:Stewart, duke of Lennox . In 1601 the earl was sent as
See also:envoy to
See also:London; here Elizabeth assured him that James should be her successor, and his
See also:mission was conducted with tact and prudence . Haying joined the
See also:English privy council Mar was created
See also:Lord Cardross in 16ro; he was a member of the
See also:Court of High Commission and was lord high treasurer of Scotland from 1615 to 163o . He died at Stirling on the 14th of
See also:December 1634 .
See also:John (c . 1585-1654), his only son by his first wife, succeeded to his earldom; by his second wife he had five sons, among them being James (d . 1640), earl of Buchan; Henry (d . 1628), whose son
See also:David (d . 1671) succeeded to the
See also:barony of Cardross; and
See also:Charles, the ancestor of the earls of Rosslyn .
1ST OR 6TH EARL OF JOHN ERSKINE MAR (d. 1572)
6TH OR 11TH EARL OF JOHN ERSKINE MAR (1675-1732)
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