Sir John COLQUHOUN 4th Laird of Luss
(Abt 1353-1439)
(Abt 1350-)
(Abt 1371-Before 1439)
Sir John COLQUHOUN Baron of Luss
(Abt 1398-1478)


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Sir John COLQUHOUN Baron of Luss 580,5564

  • Born: Abt 1398, Luss, Loch Lomond, Dumbartonshire, Scotland
  • Married: 580
  • Died: 1 May 1478, killed by cannonball at Dumbarton Castle, Dumbartonshire, Scotland

   General Notes:

Sir John Colquhoun of Luss; granted 1457 a charter incorporating his lands into the territorial Barony of Luss, another of Forestry of Rossdhu and Glenmuckerne 1458 and one of Kilmardinny 1465; Sheriff of Dumbarton, Comptroller of Royal Household 1464-66, Keeper of Dumbarton Castle 1477; envoy 1474 to negotiate a marriage between the Scottish heir apparent and Cecilia, daughter of Edward IV. [Burke's Peerage]

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Sir John Colquhoun was one of the most distinguished men of his age in Scotland, and highly esteemed by King James III, from whom he got a charter in 1457 of the lands of Luss, Colquhoun, and Garscube, in Dumbartonshire, and of the lands of Glyn and Sauchie, in Stirlingshire, incorporating the whole into a free barony, to be called the Barony of Luss; and in the following year he obtained from the king a charter erecting into a free forest the lands of Rossdhu and Glenmachome. From 1465 to 1469 he held the high office of comptroller of the Exchequer, and was subsequently appointed sheriff principle of Dumbartonshire. In 1645 he got a grant of the lands of Kilmardinny, and in 1473 and in 1474, of Roseneath, Strone, &c. In 1474 he was appointed lord high chamberlain of Scotland, and immediately thereafter was nominated one of the ambassadors extraordinary to the Court of England, to negotiate a marriage between the Prince Royal of Scotland and the Princess Cicily, daughter of King Wdward IV. By a royal charter dated 17th September 1477, he was constituted governor of the castle of Dumbarton for life. He was killed by a cannon-ball at the seige of Dumbarton Castle, probably in 1478. By his wife, daughter of Thomas, Lord Boyd, he had two sons and one daughter. His second son, Robert, was bred to the church, and was first rector of Argyle from 1473 to 1499. The daughter, Margaret, married Sir William Murray, seventh baron of Tullibardine (ancestor of the Dukes of Athole), and bore to him seventeen sons.

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   Marriage Information:

John married Miss BOYD, daughter of Thomas BOYD 4th Lord of Kilmarnock and Joan MONTGOMERIE 580. (Miss BOYD was born about 1398 in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland.)

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