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Ninian Ross, 3rd Lord of Halkhead

Birthplace: Hawkhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Death: February 1555 (59-68)
Hawkhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Ross, 2nd Lord of Halkhead and Christian Edmonstone
Husband of Janet Montgomery; Janet Stewart, Lady of Halkhead; Elizabeth Ruthven and Elizabeth Stewart
Father of Robert, Master of Ross; Christian Ross; Hugh Ross of Halkhead; Margaret Ross and James, 4th Lord Ross of Hawkhead
Brother of Agnes Ross; Walter Ross, 8th Laird of Balnagowan; Thomas Ross; Elizabeth Ross; Andrew Ross and 1 other

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About Ninian Ross, 3rd Lord of Halkhead


Ninian, Lord Ros, is the son of John, Lord Ross. His mother is probably Christian Edmonstone. The Scots Peerage VII: 251

Biographical Summary by Wikipedia

Ross married four times:[1]

Janet Stewart, daughter of Matthew Stewart, 2nd Earl of Lennox

(contract 12 December 1523) Elizabeth, youngest daughter of William Ruthven, 1st Lord Ruthven, and widow of

William, 5th Earl of Erroll

(contract 9 December 1529) Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of the Earl of Atholl and widow of the Earl of Lennox

   Janet Montgomery

Lord Ross had issue:[1]

Robert, Master of Ross, who was killed in 1547 at the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh and left a daughter, Elizabeth.

James Ross, 4th Lord Ross
Hugh Ross
William Ross

Christian Ross, who married first (1543) John Mure of Caldwell, secondly (5 November 1552) Nicholas Ramsay of Dalhousie and thirdly (before 8 July 1555) John Weir, and died before February 1556/7
(a natural son) John Ross of Tartraven, ancestor of the family of Ross of Kirkland.

NINIAN, second lord Ross of Halk∣head, who, in the minority of king James V. was, by the estates of the nation, nominated one of the ambassadors to the court of France, to endeavour to get Scotland included in their treaty of peace with the English,*anno 1515.

He was also one of the Scotch commissi∣oners at the court of England, when a peace was concluded, anno 1534.

He married, 1st,* lady Janet Stewart, daugh∣ter of John earl of Lennox, by whom he had a son,

Robert, master of Ross, who was slain at the battle of Pinkie, anno 1547, his father being then alive, leaving issue a daughter, E∣lizabeth, married to John lord Fleming;* he had also another daughter Agnes, married to John Boyle of Kelburn, ancestor of the earl of Glasgow.

He married, 2dly, Elizabeth, daughter of William lord Ruthven, widow of William fifth earl of Errol, by whom he had a son,

XIII. JAMES, who succeeded to his father's estate and honours, and was third lord Ross of Halkhead.;...

Spouses/Children: 1. Stewart, Janet [766]

   Ross, Robert Master of Ross [28537]
   Ross, dau. [28538]

2. Ruthven, Elizabeth [7278]

   Ross, James 4th Lord of Halkhead [2880]+

3. Stuart, Elizabeth (or Anne) [773]

4. Unknown, Partner(s) [28540]

   Ross, Christian [8457]+
   Ross, Hugh (4th son) [28541]
   Ross, William (5th son) [28542

Source: 1 - Lady Janet Stuart (later Lady Ross of Halkhead), who was born circa 1499 and married Ninian, third Lord Ross of Halkhead. They had a charter dated 15 November 1515 (he later married the twelfth earl's widow). 2 - Ninian ROSS of Halkhead b. C 1482; d. Feb 1555/56 occ: 3rd Lord Ross of Halkhead m1. Janet STEWART of Lennox children of Ninian ROSS and Janet STEWART: Robert, Master of Ross; unknown female m. MONCRIEF m2. contract 12 Dec 1523 Elizabeth RUTHVEN children of Ninian ROSS and Elizabeth RUTHVEN: James m3. contract 09 Dec 1529 Anne STEWART of Atholl m4. Janet MONTGOMERY other children of Ninian ROSS: Hugh (4th son); William (5th son); Christian m1. John MURE of Caldwell, m2. Nicholas RAMSAY of Dalhousie, m3. John WEIR


Ninian Ross, Lord Ross of Halkhead, 1st son and heir, had sasine of the barony of Melville, of lands in Renfrew, and of Tarbert, 24 Oct and 24 Nov 1513, 24 Feb 1513/4; PC before 12 Jul 1514; sat frequently as a Lord of Parliament from 1515 to 1540; one of the nobles, who, in 1515, despatched Ambassadors to France to endeavor to arrange for Scotland to be included in the pacification with England; summoned to be at Deridounlaws to resist the English, 25 Jun 1523; protested against Albany's departure for France, 25 May 1524; one of the Lords to accompany James V to the south parts of the realm, 27 Jun 1526; ratified a treaty with England, 30 Jun 1534; witnessed the ratification of the forfeiture of John Lyon, Lord Glamis, 10 Dec 1540; summoned before the PC for "deforsing" two messengers, 13 Sep 1553.

He m. 1stly, before 15 Nov 1515, when they had a charter of the lands of Tarbert, co. Ayr, Janet, probably a daughter of Matthew Stewart, 2nd Earl of Lennox. He m. 2ndly (contract 12 Dec 1523), Elizabeth, widow of William Hay, 5th Earl of Erroll, youngest daughter of William Ruthven, 1st Lord Ruthven, by his 2nd wife, Christian, only daughter of William Forbes, 3rd Lord Forbes. She d. before 20 Jul 1529. He m. 3rdly (contract 9 Dec 1529), Elizabeth, widow of John Stewart, 3rd Earl of Lennox, daughter of John Stewart, 1st Earl of Atholl, uterine brother of James II, by his 2nd wife, Eleanor, daughter of William Sinclair, 1st Earl of Caithness. He m. 4thly, Janet Montgomery, who survived him. He d. in Feb 1555/6. [Complete Peerage XI:157-8]

Following the death of his father at the Battle of Flodden Field, Ross had by 1514 obtained sasines of his father's lands in Melville, Renfrew and Tarbert. He attended the parliaments of James V of Scotland frequently over the next 25 years. On 30 June 1534 he ratified Scotland's peace treaty with England. He was frequently present in the Parliaments of King James V between 1515 and 1540. Son of the 2nd Lord and Christian Edmonstone (b.?, d.1551), daughter of Sir Archibald Edmonstone of Duntreath. He was married four times, the first three being to daughters of peers.

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Hawkhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Lanarkshire or Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Hawkhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland
February 1555
Age 64
Hawkhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)