Name: John Wemyss
Suffix: of Wemyss
Death: BEF JUN 1622
Change Date: 29 AUG 2008
About two years prior to the date of his 1st marriage, John Wemyss was the recipient from King James the Sixth of a gift of the non-entry duties of all his father?s lands from the date of the death of his grandfather, Sir John Wemyss, which was in January of the same year, 1572, until the entry of the heir, his father. Another gift which the king bestowed upon the young laird of Wemyss, some time later, in 1581, was the estate of Mr. William Lumsden, parson of Cleish, who was put to the horn for non-compearance to take his trial for fabricating and forging a contract, and for other crimes.
When his father died in 1597, Sir John Wemyss had already been in possession of the family estates as fiar, for some years. This Sir John took a prominent part in the affairs of his time and was knighted around 1594.
His first wife having died without leaving issue, John Wemyss married, as his second wife, Mary, daughter of Sir James Stewart of Doune, afterwards first Lord Doune. The terms of the contract were arranged at Wemyss in August 1581, it being provided that the marriage should take place before December of that year. Sir James Stewart gave with his daughter a tocher of 8000merks, for payment of which there were four secrities in 2000 merks --viz., Patrick, Lord Lindsay of the Byres, James Stewart, Lord Innermeath, James Lindsay of Dowhill, and Archibald Stewart, burgess of Edinburgh.
Then in 1595 he represented the barons of Fife in Parliament. It was this John who presided over the West Wemyss estates in 1603 when James VI of Scotland, son of Mary Queen of Scots, who was beheaded by Elizabeth I of England, was named to succeed Elizabeth on the Throne of England as James I, thus uniting the two countries. His loyalty to King James led to his being much trusted by the ?Scottish Solomon? and Queen Anne. James was known as being impecunious, and in 1589 Sir John was summoned, in his capacity as Commissioner to Parliament, to Perth to a Convention to ?devise ways and means for replenishing the royal exchequer.? Sir John, Earl of Wemyss, was also one of the nobles chosen to convoy the royal household to London. He with other "poor and ingenious knights followed James by his express invitation to London" where the Scotch and English Lords quarrelled over the favors of the King for many years.
Although not prominent in political matters, he evinced much vigour in the management of his domestic affairs. In an account of the Wemyss family, printed in the Appendix to an edition of Nisbet?s Heraldry, published in 1804, it is stated that this laird of Wemyss was surnamed ?Birkenflower?.
His precise date of death is not known. He was still alive in August 1620, as his son and heir is then styled ?younger of that ilk,? but he was dead before the month of June 1622, when his son was in complete possession of the estates.
Sir John Wemyss of that ilk, First Earl of Wemyss, 1586 - 1649
John, the second son of Sir John and Mary, was born about the year 1586.
In 1625, was appointed one of the first Baronets of Nova Scotia.
Father: David Wemyss b: ABT 1535
Mother: Cecilia Ruthven
- Isabel Wemyss b: 1588
- Cecilia Wemyss