Lord Ruthven
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Biographical Information
Real Name: Patrick Ruthven
Title: Lord Ruthven

3rd Lord Ruthven

Born: 1520
Death: 1566
Religion: Protestant
Gender: Male
Wife: Janet Stewart †

Janet Douglas †

Children: Jean Ruthven (Daughter)

William Ruthven (Son)

TV Character Information
First appearance: Blood in the Water
Portrays: Lord Ruthven
Portrayed by: John Ralston

Historical Figure

Lord Ruthven played an important part in the political intrigues of the 16th century. He succeeded to the lordship in December 1552. The Ruthven lordship encompassed the offices of Provost and Constable of Perth, and Sheriff of Strathearn.

Quest for Wealth and AdvancementEdit

During The War of the Rough Wooing, Lord Ruthven wanted to profit by delivering Perth to the English. His father was Provost of the town, and Patrick offered it to Sir Andrew Dudley, a brother of the Duke of Northumberland, who occupied Broughty Castle. After this war with England was concluded, in March 1551 he was in Paris and wrote to Mary of Guise asking for money she had promised him. Patrick also asked for political preferment;

However, as a strong Protestant and a supporter of the Lords of the Congregation, he signed the Treaty of Berwick in 1560, and sent his son Archibald as a hostage to England and Westminster School. Ruthven wrote to William Cecil from Huntingtower Castle reminding him of their previous meetings in England during the time of Edward VI, and approving of Cecil's, "forth-setting of the union of these realms in greater amity than in times bypast has been. In conference with Mary of Guise on 12 May 1560, at Edinburgh Castle, Ruthven was more unyielding on all points than any of the other representatives of the Congregation.

Political office and other involvementsEdit

Thomas Randolph reported in June 1563 that he had joined Mary, Queen of Scots's privy council at the instance of William Maitland, although the queen personally could not abide him. Later, he supported Mary's marriage with Lord Darnley, and was the leader of the band which murdered David Rizzio. This event was followed by his flight into England where he died.

On 2 April 1566, Ruthven and Morton sent their testimony on David Rizzio's murder to Queen Elizabeth I, declaring they had acted the best for Darnley, Mary, state and religion.


Lord Ruthven first married Janet Douglas in 1552, illegitimate daughter of Archibald Douglas, and had several children. Secondly, he married Janet Stewart, daughter of John Stewart. Patrick's two eldest children married their stepmsisters. Jean Ruthven married Henry Stewart, and the heir, William Ruthven married Dorothea Stewart. [1]


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