Earls of Rosslyn (1801)
1st Earl of Rosslyn, Alexander Wedderburn, b.1733, a.1801, d.1805
The title of 1st Earl of Rosslyn was created in the Peerage
Baronets Erskine of Alva (1666)
1st Baronet Erskine, Charles Erskine, b.1643, a.1666, d.1690
He was the son of Sir Charles Erskine of Alva (b.?, d.1663) and Mary
Hope, daughter of Sir Thomas Hope, 1st Baronet Hope of Craighall,
and grandson of John Erskine, 2nd and 18th Earl of Mar. He was MP for Clackmannan and
2nd Baronet Erskine, James Erskine, b.c.1670, a.1690, d.1693
Son of the 1st Baronet and Christian Dundas, daughter of Sir James Dundas of Arniston.
3rd Baronet Erskine, John Erskine, b.1672, a.1693, d.1739
Younger brother of the 2nd Baronet.
4th Baronet Erskine, Charles Erskine, b.?, a.1739, d.1747
Son of the 3rd Baronet and Catherine Sinclair, daughter of Henry St Clair, 10th Lord St Clair.
5th Baronet Erskine, Henry Erskine, b.?, a.1747, d.1765
Son of the 4th Baronet and Henrietta Fraser. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant-General in the British Army.
6th Baronet Erskine, James Erskine, b.1762, a.1765, d.1837
Son of the 5th Baronet and Janet Wedderburn (b.?, d.1797),
sister to Alexander Wedderburn, 1st Earl of Rosslyn. He was educated
at Edinburgh High and at
Earls of Rosslyn (continued)
2nd Earl of Rosslyn, James St Clair Erskine, b.1762, a.1805, d.1837
By the time he succeeded his uncle as earl, he was considered a Tory and
served in the Duke of Wellington’s government as Lord Privy Seal from 1829 to
1830 and Lord President of the Council from 1834 to 1835. He was also
3rd Earl of Rosslyn, James Alexander St Clair Erskine, b.1802, a.1837, d.1866
Son of the 2nd Earl and Harriet Elizabeth Bouverie (b.1771, d.1810). He was an MP for Dysart Burghs, and served under Sir Robert Peel as Master of the Buckhounds from 1841 to 1846, a position on the Royal Household held by a politician, now extinct. He commanded the auxiliary regiment, the Fife Mounted Rifle Volunteers, from 1860 to his death.
4th Earl of Rosslyn, Robert Francis St Clair-Erskine, b.1833, a.1866, d.1890
Son of the 3rd Earl and Frances Wemyss (b.?, d.1858), a descendant of James Wemyss, 5th Earl of Wemyss. Another Tory politician, he was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland from 1870 to 1873 and he was Chief Whip in the House of Lords under Lord Salisbury’s government with the title of Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms from 1886 to 1890.
5th Earl of Rosslyn, James Francis Harry St Clair-Erskine, b.1869, a.1890, d.1939
Son of the 4th Earl and Blanche Adeliza Fitzroy (b.1839, d.1933), a descendent of Augustus Henry Fitzroy, 3rd Duke of Grafton.
6th Earl of Rosslyn, Anthony Hugh Francis Harry St Clair-Erskine, b.1917, a.1939, d.1977
Grandson of the 5th Earl and Violet Aline Vyner (b.?, d.1945) and son of Francis Edward Scudamore St Clair-Erskine (b.1892, d.1929) and Sheila Margaret MacKellar (b.1898, d.1969). His mother later married Dmitri Romanov, Prince of Russia.
7th Earl of Rosslyn, Peter St Clair-Erskine, b.1958, a.1977
Son of the 6th Earl and Athenais de Rochechouart de
Mortemart, daughter of Louis Victor de Mortemart, Duc de Vionne. Educated at
The courtesy title for the heir is Lord Loughborough.
(Last updated: 18/09/2009)