Person NameSpottiswoode; family; of Spottiswood, Berwickshire
ActivitySpottiswoode of Spottiswoode is an old name, first recorded around the time of Alexander III (1249 - 1286) with Robert de Spottiswoode. John Spottiswood (1510-1585) was the Superintendent of Lothian. John Spottiswoode (1565-1639) was Archbishop of St Andrews, Lord High Chancellor of Scotland and crowned Charles I. Born in 1565 he died in London in 1639 and is buried in Westminster Abbey. Sir Robert, Lord President of the Court of Session and Secretary of State, was born in 1596 and was executed by the Covenanters in St Andrews in 1646. His grandson John (d 1728) was a noted advocate and writer on Scots law, the founder of the legal firm Spottiswoode and Robertson, and first Law Professor of Edinburgh University. He died re-purchased the lands and barony of Spottiswoode, which his grandfather had sold to the Bells in 1620. The land descended to Alicia Anne Spottiswoode, the author of ‘Annie Laurie’ on the death of her father in 1866. She had previously married Lord John Douglas Montagu-Scott, brother of the 5th Duke of Buccleuch, in 1836 but in 1866 she resumed the name Spottiswoode and became Lady John Scott-Spottiswoode. She died in 1900 and the estate passed to her great-nephew, John Roderick Charles Herbert, who adopted the name Spottiswoode but sold the estate in 1936.
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