Name: John Maitland
Suffix: of Lauderdale, 1st Baron Maitland
Death: 3 OCT 1595
Occupation: Lord High Chancellor
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Change Date: 27 MAR 2004
ir John Maitland, 1st Lord Thirlestane was William?s younger brother. John was born in 1545. He received a Charter of Lethington which was ratified by Parliament on the 22nd of May, 1584. He bought Lethington in 1613 (probably at a very low price) from his nephew, James Maitland of Lethington, son of William, who had been exiled from Scotland because of his Catholic religion..
Having filled the high offices of the Lord Privy Seal, Judge of the Court of Session, Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor of Scotland he was elevated to Lord Thirlestane about 18th of May, 1590 when the King married Anne of Denmark and crated a number of peers to celebrate the occasion. His coat-of-arms and those of his wife Janet Fleming (the niece of his brothers wife), can be seen on a stone panel above the door in the old banqueting hall of the Lethington Tower. By marrying Janet, daughter of Lady Barbara Hamilton and James, IV Lord Fleming, he allied the line of his descendants with royal blood. Janet was descended from King James II of Scotland. John died in 1595.
The oblong part of the great stone T that forms Thirlestane Castle was built by Chancellor Maitland
Father: Richard Maitland b: 1496 in Thirlestane Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland
Mother: Mariota Cranstoun
- John Maitland
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Title: Clan Maitland
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Periodical: Treasured Possessions - a loan exhibition by the Historic Houses Assoc