Lords Boyd of Kilmarnock (1454)


1st Lord Boyd, Robert Boyd, b.?, a.1454, d.1480-1482


Scion of an old Scottish family, probably Anglo-Norman in origin and vassals of the powerful de Moreville, Robert Boyd was Regent of Scotland during the minority of James III in 1460, and was a Commissioner for a truce with Edward IV of England in 1464. In 1464, he conspired with his brother Alexander Boyd to hold the King captive, and made himself Governor of Scotland, Great Chamberlain and Lord Justice General. He arranged for the marriage of James III to Margaret of Norway in 1469, securing the Orkney Islands for the Scottish Crown, and also had his son Thomas Boyd, created 1st Earl of Arran and married to the Kingís older sister, Princess Mary Stewart. While he and his son were out of the country, his regime was overthrown He escaped to the Continent and died there, while his brother was captured and executed.


2nd Lord Boyd, James Boyd, b.c.1469, a.1482, d.1484


Grandson of the 1st Lord and Mariot Maxwell (b.?, d.1472-1473), and son of Thomas Boyd, 1st Earl of Arran, and Princess Mary Stewart of Scotland. The Boyd estates were restored to him on his grandfatherís death, though he died early in a duel.


3rd Lord Boyd, Alexander Boyd, b.?, a.1484, d.1508


Uncle of the 2nd Lord, being a younger son of the 1st Lord.


4th Lord Boyd, Robert Boyd, b.?, a.1508, d.1557-1558


Son of the 3rd Lord and Janet Colville, daughter of Sir Robert Colville of Ochiltree.


5th Lord Boyd, Robert Boyd, b.c.1517, a.1557-1558, d.1589-1590


Son of the 4th Lord and Helen Somerville (b.c.1489, d.1536), daughter of Sir John Somerville of Quothquan. He was a supporter of the Regent Arran after the death of James V and became an advisor to Queen Mary, becoming a Privy Counsellor in 1567 and fighting on her side at the Battle of Langside. After her imprisonment, he continued to operate on her behalf until her death. He continued as a Privy Counsellor for the Regent Morton until his involvement in the Raid of Ruthven. After the Kingís escape he was banished to France, but soon returned, and remained involved in politics until his death.


6th Lord Boyd, Thomas Boyd, b.c.1547, a.1589-1590, d.1611


Son of the 5th Lord and Margaret Colquhoun (b.?, d.1601). He fought alongside his father at the Battle of Langside.


7th Lord Boyd, Robert Boyd, b.1595, a.1611, d.1628


Grandson of the 6th Lord and Margaret Campbell, daughter of Sir Matthew Campbell of Loudoun, and son of Robert Boyd (b.b.1579, d.1597) and Lady Jean Kerr (b.?, d.1632), daughter of Mark Kerr, 1st Earl of Lothian.


8th Lord Boyd, Robert Boyd, b.c.1618, a.1628, d.1640


Son of the 7th Lord and Lady Christian Hamilton (b.1588-1594, d.1645-1646), daughter of Sir Thomas Hamilton, 1st Earl of Haddington.


9th Lord Boyd, James Boyd, b.1596-1597, a.1640, d.1654


Younger brother of the 7th Lord.


10th Lord Boyd, William Boyd, b.?, a.1654, d.1692


Son of the 9th Lord and Catherine Creyke. In 1661 he was created 1st Earl of Kilmarnock.



Earls of Kilmarnock (1661)


1st Earl of Kilmarnock, William Boyd, as above


2nd Earl of Kilmarnock, William Boyd, b.1663-1664, a.1692, d.c.1692


Son of the 1st Earl and Lady Jean Cunningham, daughter of William Cunningham, 9th Earl of Glencairn. He outlived his father by only two months.


3rd Earl of Kilmarnock, William Boyd, b.1683-1684, a.1692, d.1717


Son of the 2nd Earl and Letitia Boyd.


4th Earl of Kilmarnock, William Boyd, b.1705, a.1717, d.1746


Son of the 3rd Earl and Eupheme Ross, daughter of William Ross, 12 Lord Ross of Halkhead. He was a Jacobite and led the Young Pretenderís cavalry at the Battle of Culloden, where he was captured, and taken to London. He was executed and attainted. His son James Boyd, however, became 15th Earl of Erroll via his maternal grandmother.


(Last updated: 24/06/2009)