Name: Richard Maitland
Suffix: of Thirlestane & Lethington
Birth: 1496 in Thirlestane Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland
Death: 20 MAR 1586
Occupation: Poet, lawyer, statesman
Change Date: 2 SEP 2010
Compiler of one of the earliest and most important collections of Scottish poetry.
Sir Richard Maitland of Lethington (1496 - 1586) was made Senator of the College of Justice in 1561, Lord Privy Seal from 1562 to 1567. As a historian he is known for his history of his maternal family, the House of Seton. He was a collector of Scots poetry and a noted poet himself. He married Mary, daughter of Sir Thomas Cranston of Crombie. In later years, when afflicted by blindness, he sat at the window in the Great Hall of Lethington Tower dictating his verses to his devoted daughter Mary. The only link remaining is his signature on the Discharge of a Bond which is preserved in the Anteroom. It is dated at Glasgow 5th May 1559, when Sir Richard was acting as curator for Hugh, Earl of Eglinton, who had married a daughter of the Duke of Chatelherault, Lord Hamilton. Sir Richard died on the 20th of March 1586 at the age of ninety. He was one of the best and most honourable men of his time. He had three sons and four daughters.
Father: William Maitland
Mother: Martha Seton b: ABT 1450
- John Maitland b: 1545
- William Maitland
- Margaret or Isabella Maitland
- Elizabeth Maitland
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Title: Clan Maitland