Earls of Teviot (1633)
1st Earl of Teviot, Andrew Rutherford, b.?, a.1633, d.1664
Son of William Rutherford of Quarrelholes in Roxburghshire, he took up a career as a soldier of fortune and served in the French Army, which at the time maintained a regiment of Scottish mercenaries. At the restoration he was brought back to Britain by Charles II and given the title of 1st Lord Rutherford and made Governor of Dunkirk. In 1662, Charles sold Dunkirk back to the French and Rutherford was raised to the peerage as 1st Earl of Teviot and given command of the colony of Tangiers. A year after arriving he was killed in an ambush by Moors.
(Last updated: 18/05/2011)