Baronets Colyear of Holland (1677)


1st Baronet, Alexander Colyear, b.?, a.1677, d.1679-1680


Reputedly a descendant of a branch of the Robertsons of Strowan, Alexander Robertson was created 1st Baronet Colyear in the Peerage of England in 1677, taking the name as his own surname. He moved to Holland where he made a considerable fortune.


2nd Baronet, David Colyear, b.c.1656, a.1679-1680, d.1730


Son of the 1st Baronet and Jean Murray, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Walter Murray. He commanded a Scots regiment that fought for the Dutch, and served under the Prince of Orange in Ireland. He was created 1st Lord Portmore and Blackness in the Peerage of Scotland in 1699.



Lords Portmore (1699)


1st Lord Portmore, David Colyear, b.c.1656, a.1699, d.1730


In 1703 he was also created 1st Earl of Portmore, 1st Viscount Milsington and 1st Lord Colyear, all in the Peerage of Scotland.



Earls of Portmore (1703)


1st Earl of Portmore, David Colyear, b.c.1656, a.1703, d.1730


He reached the rank of General and was Governor of Gibraltar. He was made a Privy Counsellor in 1712 and a Knight of the Thistle in 1713.


2nd Earl of Portmore, Charles Colyear, b.1700, a.1730, d.1785


Son of the 1st Earl and Catherine Sedley, Countess of Dorchester, mistress of King James II. He was an MP for Wycombe and then Andover, and was a prominent owner and breeder of racehorses. He was invested as a Knight of the Thistle.


3rd Earl of Portmore, William Charles Colyear, b.1745, a.1785, d.1823


Son of the 2nd Earl and Juliana Hele, the widow of Sir Peregrine Osbourne, 2nd Duke of Leeds.


4th Earl of Portmore, Thomas Charles Colyear, b.1772, a.1823, d.1835


Son of the 3rd Earl and Mary Hamilton, daughter of John Hamilton, 10th Earl of Rothes. He was an MP for Boston in Lincolnshire from 1796 to 1802 and was an early member of the Marylebone Cricket Club. On his death, all of his titles became extinct.


(Last updated: 04/09/2009)