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John Colquhoun

Male - 1536


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  • Name John Colquhoun  [1
    Born of Luss, Argyll, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 4 Aug 1535 and 22 Aug 1536  [4
    Person ID I27344  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 22 Mar 2020 

    Father Humphrey Colquhoun,   b. of Luss, Argyll, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 19 Aug 1493 
    Mother Helen Erskine 
    Family ID F16328  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Stewart 
    Married Abt 1480  [2, 4
    Children 
    +1. Humphrey Colquhoun,   b. of Luss, Argyll, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1538
    Last Modified 22 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F16325  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Member of the Scottish parliament in 1503 and 1525.

      From The Chiefs of Colquhoun and Their Country (citation details below):

      On the death of King James the Fourth at Flodden, his son and successor, King James the Fifth, being a child of little more than one year old, the Queen Mother, Margaret daughter of King Henry the Seventh of England, was declared Regent of the realm. At the same time John Duke of of Albany was summoned from France to Scotland, and chosen governor and protector of the infant Prince and kingdom, by a Convention of the Estates. During the delay of the arrival of the Duke of Albany, the Earl of Arran assumed the office of Regent. In this assumption he was supported, among others, by John third Earl of Lennox, the Master of Glencairn, and Sir John Colquhoun of Luss, whose wife was the paternal aunt of the Earl of Lennox.

      Sir John Colquhoun joined these noblemen in a successful attempt to seize the castle of Dumbarton. During a stormy night in January 1514, they found their way into the castle, and expelled from it Lord Erskine, by whom it was held for the Queen Mother's party; and though the Earl of Arran was frustrated in his usurpation of the regency by the arrival of the Duke of Albany in Scotland, they continued to hold the castle of Dumbarton until it was surrendered by the Earl of Lennox, who, having fallen into the hands of his opponents, and having been imprisoned in the castle of Edinburgh, could obtain his liberation only on condition of his surrendering it.

      After the departure of the Duke of Albany for France in 1524, King James the Fifth, who was then only thirteen years of age, was invested with the supreme authority, but the government was in reality in the hands of the Earls of Arran, Lennox, and Morton. A pardon was therefore now easily obtained for Sir John Colquhoun of Luss and others, who had taken part in the capture of the castle of Dumbarton. On the 11th of July 1526, a "respite was granted to Sir John Colquhon of Luce, Knight, Patrick Colquhon, John Logan of Balvey, Walter and Robert his sons, George Buchquhanan of that Ilk," and twenty-nine others, for "their tressonabill asseging, taking, and withhalding of our souerane lordis castle and fortalice of Dumbertene fra his servandis, keparis thairof" On the 16th of July following, a respite "was granted to Glencairn and others."

  • Sources 
    1. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004-ongoing.

    2. [S800] The Scots Peerage, Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of That Kingdom. Ed. James Balfour Paul. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1904-1914.

    3. [S3858] James Colquhoun, "Colquhoun of Luss." Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica Volume II, new series, 1877, p. 533.

    4. [S3859] The Chiefs of Colquhoun and Their Country by William Fraser. Edinburgh, 1869.