Earls of Wigton (1342)
1st Earl of Wigton, Malcolm Fleming, b.?, a.1342, d.c.1363
The first Fleming, Baldwin, is said to have come to
2nd Earl of Wigton, Thomas Fleming, b.?, a.1363, d.c.1382
Grandson of the 1st Earl and son of John Fleming (b.?, d.1351). As an earlís heir, he was used as an hostage on several occasions, and especially after the Treaty of Berwick spent many years in captivity. He was re-granted the earldom in 1367, but the resurrection of the Lordship of Galloway put him in an awkward position. He knew that he could not keep control of Galloway on his own, and he was so poor, possibly as a result of having to pay ransom, that he eventually sold the earldom to Archibald Douglas, Lord of Galloway, in 1371.
The Black Douglas earls held the title until they were attainted.
Lords Fleming (1451)
1st Lord Fleming, Robert Fleming, b.?, a.1451, d.1491
Robert Fleming was a descendant of a collateral branch of the Fleming family, both sides stemming from the father of the 1st Earl of Wigtown. This line, based in Biggar, was close to royalty, Robertís mother being Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany. His father, Sir Malcolm Fleming (b.?, d.1440), was with William Douglas, 6th Earl of Douglas, when the latter was murdered by James II, and was hurriedly executed for treason shortly afterwards. Robert Fleming petitioned against the sentence and forfeiture of his father, and the King was obliged to lift the forfeit.
2nd Lord Fleming, John Fleming, b.1465, a.1491, d.1524
Grandson of the 1st Lord and Janet Douglas, daughter of James
Douglas, 7th Earl of Douglas, and son of
Malcolm Fleming and Eupheme Livingston, daughter of James Livingston, Lord of
Callendar. He was one of the nobles who supported the young James IV against
his father James III, and later became a Guardian to the infant James V. He
served as Ambassador to the
3rd Lord Fleming, Malcolm Fleming, b.c.1494, a.1524, d.1547
Son of the 2nd Lord and Eupheme Drummond (b.?, d.1501-1502),
daughter of John Drummond, 1st Lord Drummond (for whom see the earls
of Perth). He also became Chamberlain of Scotland and
made Sheriff of Peebles. He was captured at the Battle of Solway Moss in 1542,
and released for a ransom. Initially siding with the English Party who wanted
to see Queen Mary marry Prince Edward of
4th Lord Fleming, James Fleming, b.1534, a.1547, d.1558
Son of the 3rd Lord and Janet Stewart (b.c.1511, d.1560), daughter
of King James IV. Close to the Queen, he accompanied her to
5th Lord Fleming, John Fleming, b.?, a.1558, d.1572
Younger brother of the 4th Lord. He followed his brother as
Chamberlain, Sheriff of Peebles and Governor of Dumbarton Castle. He fought for
the Queen at the Battle of Langside and accompanied her flight to
6th Lord Fleming, John Fleming, b.1567, a.1572, d.1619
Son of the 5th Lord and Elizabeth Ross, a grand-daughter of Ninian Ross, 3rd Lord Ross of Halkhead. A supporter of James VI, he was created 1st Earl of Wigton in 1606.
Earls of Wigton (1606)
1st Earl of Wigton, John Fleming, as above
2nd Earl of Wigton, John Fleming, b.1589, a.1619, d.1650
Son of the 1st Earl and Lilias Graham (b.?, d.1606), daughter of William Graham, 3rd Earl of Montrose. He was a member of the Committee of Estates in 1641 and became a Privy Counsellor and supporter of Charles I.
3rd Earl of Wigton, John Fleming, b.?, a.1650, d.1665
Son of the 2nd Earl and Margaret Livingston, daughter of Alexander Livingston, 1st Earl of Linlithgow. He fought alongside Montrose at Philiphaugh.
4th Earl of Wigton, John Fleming, b.?, a.1665, d.1668
Son of the 3rd Earl and Jane Drummond, daughter of John Drummond, 2nd Earl of Perth.
5th Earl of Wigton, William Fleming, b.?, a.1668, d.1681
Younger brother of the 4th Earl. He became a Privy Counsellor to Charles II and was Sheriff of Dumbarton and Governor of Dumbarton Castle.
6th Earl of Wigton, John Fleming, b.c.1674, a.1681, d.1744
Son of the 5th Earl and Henrietta Seton, daughter of Charles
Seton, 2nd Earl of Dunfermline. He was a Jacobite and opposed the
Treaty of Union. During the 1715 Rebellion he was held as a prisoner at
7th Earl of Wigton, Charles Fleming, b.c.1675, a.1744, d.1747
Younger brother of the 6th Earl. On his death, the earldom became extinct, the estates inherited by his niece Clementina, who married Charles Elphinstone, 10th Lord Elphinstone.
(Last updated: 13/11/2009)