William  (Boyd) Boyd Earl of Kilmarnock 4th

William (Boyd) Boyd Earl of Kilmarnock 4th (1705 - 1746)

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Sir William Boyd Earl of Kilmarnock 4th formerly Boyd
Born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotlandmap
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Brother of [half], [half], [half], [half], [half] and [half]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Tower of London, London, Englandmap
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Categories: Earls of Kilmarnock | Prisoners of the Tower of London | Clan Boyd.



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Preceded by
Sir William Boyd, 3rd Earl of Kilmarnock
Sir William Boyd, 4th Earl of Kilmarnock
1661-1746
Succeeded by
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Biography

William Boyd (1704 – 18 August 1746), 4th Earl of Kilmarnock, was a Scottish nobleman.

William Boyd was educated at Glasgow. Like his father in the rebellion of 1715, William initially supported the Government side, but in the rebellion of 1745, owing either to a personal affront or to the influence of his wife or to his straitened circumstances he deserted George II and joined Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretender.

Made a Privy Counsellor to Charles, he was appointed a colonel of guards and subsequently a general. He fought at Falkirk and Culloden, where he was taken prisoner, and was beheaded on Tower Hill on 18 August 1746.

Before his execution, he wrote to a friend from prison about his indebtedness to the shoemakers of Elgin

"Beside my personal debts mentioned in general and particular in the State, there is one for which I am liable in justice, if it is not paid, owing to poor people who gave their work for it by my orders. It was at Elgin in Murray, the Regiment I commanded wanted shoes. I commissioned something about seventy pair of shoes and brogues, which might come to 3 shillngs or three shillings and sixpence each, one with the other. The magistrates divided them among the shoemakers of the town and country, and each shoemaker furnished his proportion. I drew on the town, for the price, out of the composition laid on them, but I was afterwards told at Inverness that, it was believed, the composition was otherwise applied, and the poor shoemakers not paid. As these poor people wrought by my orders, it will be a great ease to my heart to think they are not to lose by me, as too many have done in the course of that year, but had I lived I might have made some inquiry after: but now it is impossible, as their hardships in loss of horses and such things, which happened through my soldiers, are so interwoven with what was done by other people, that it would be very hard, if not impossible, to separate them. If you'll write to Mr Innes of Dalkinty at Elgin (with whom I was quartered when I lay there), he will send you an account of the shoes, and if they were paid to the shoemakers or no; and if they are not, I beg you'll get my wife, or my successors to pay them when they can......"

On his coffin was a plate with the inscription, "Gulielmus. Comes. de Kilmarnock decollatus, 18 Augusti, 1746, Ætat. suæ 42," with an earl's coronet over it, and 6 coronets over the six handles.

In 1735 the Castle was gutted with fire. In 1748 after 400 years the Boyd connection with the Lordship & Barony of Kilmarnock ended.

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Biography

William 4th Earl of Kilmarnock Boyd. Given Name: William 4th Earl of Kilmarnock. Surname: Boyd. A Given name was found in addition to a first name in the NAME tag.

Born 12 MAY 1705. Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland. [1][2][3][4]

Died 18 AUG 1746. Tower Hill, London, England. [5][6][7][8] Note: Age: 41. DESCRIPTION Y.

Buried London, Greater London, England. [9]

File Format: jpg. william boyd excecution invitation.

Marriage Husband William 4th Earl of Kilmarnock Boyd. Wife Anne Livingston. Child: . Child: . Child: Charles Boyd. Child: . Marriage 15 JUN 1724. Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland. [10]

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  1. Source: #S96 Birth date: 1704 Birth place: Death date: 18 Aug 1746 Death place: London, England Certainty: 0
  2. Source: #S97 Birth date: 1704 Birth place: Death date: 18 Aug 1746 Death place: Certainty: 0
  3. Source: #S96 Certainty: 0
  4. Source: #S175 Certainty: 0
  5. Source: #S96 Birth date: 1704 Birth place: Death date: 18 Aug 1746 Death place: London, England Certainty: 0
  6. Source: #S97 Birth date: 1704 Birth place: Death date: 18 Aug 1746 Death place: Certainty: 0
  7. Source: #S96 Certainty: 0
  8. Source: #S175 Certainty: 0
  9. Source: #S175 Certainty: 0
  10. Source: #S98 Marriage date: 05 Aug 1724 Marriage place: Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland Certainty: 0
  • Source: S175 Ancestry.com Web: International, Find A Grave Index Publication: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. Repository: #R2
  • Repository: R2 Ancestry.com
  • Source: S2 Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Repository: #R1 Ancestry Family Trees Ancestry Family Trees http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=14480794&pid=1107 Certainty: 0
  • Repository: R1 Ancestry.ca
  • Source: S96 Ancestry.com Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1-20, 22 Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.Original data - Stephen, Sir Leslie, ed. Dictionary of National Biography, 1921–1922. London, England: Oxf Repository: #R1
  • Source: S97 Ancestry.com Chalmers' General Biographical Dictionary Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.Original data - Chalmers, Alexander. The General Biographical Dictionary. London: J. Nichols and Son, 1812-1 Repository: #R1



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