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Thomas Boyd (abt. 1446 - 1473)

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Lord Thomas "1st Earl of Arran" Boyd
Born about in Kilmarnock, Renfrewshire, Scotlandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgiummap
Boyd-546 created 24 May 2011 | Last modified | Last edit: 23 Sep 2017
09:22: Ken Broughton edited the Biography for Thomas Boyd. [Thank Ken for this]
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Date: 1446
Place: Of, Kilmarnock, RFW, Scotland[1]


Date: ABT 1473
Place: Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium[2]


Husband: Thomas Boyd
Wife: Mary Stewart
Date: 26 APR 1467
Place: Of, Stirling, Stirling, Scotland[3]
Husband: Robert Boyd
Wife: Mariota (Janet) Maxwell
Child: Thomas Boyd
Child: Alexander Boyd
Child: Archibald Boyd
Child: John Boyd
Child: Elizabeth Boyd
Child: Annabella Boyd
Child: Margaret Boyd
Date: ABT 1449
Place: Of Calderwood, Lanark, Scot.[4]

Thomas Boyd, 1st Earl of Arran, was born around 1446[5] in Kilmarnock, Scotland to Robert Boyd, 1st Lord Boyd of Kilmarnock and Mariot (Janet) Maxwell. Robert was able to have Thomas created Earl of Arran and Baron Kilmarnock in the Peerage of Scotland and arranged for Thomas's marriage to Princess Mary (sister to James III and daughter of James II, King of Scotland, and Marie von Geldern). Thomas was created 1st Earl of Arran in Scotland on 26 April 1467 and was married to his second wife, Mary Stewart, Princess of Scotland. Thomas's first marriage had been to Lady Elizabeth Montgomerie, daughter of Alexander Montgomerie, 1st Lord Montgomerie.

Thomas was styled as Master of Boyd. In 1469 he went to Denmark to escort Margaret of Denmark to Scotland for her marriage to King James III of Scotland. While Robert and Thomas were out of the country, their regency was overthrown, and they were attainted for high treason, forfeiting their titles and estates. However, Thomas fulfilled his mission (that of bringing the king's bride, Margaret, to Scotland), and then, warned by his wife, escaped to the continent of Europe.

The Earl of Arran and Lady Mary's children, who are both said to have been born abroad, were:

  • James, 2nd Lord Boyd
  • Grisel or Margaret (called Grizel in the pedigrees, but appears as Margaret elsewhere), born between 1468 and 1473

His marriage to Mary Stewart was unpopular, seen as an insult by the King. At some point, she returned to Scotland, apparently to seek a pardon from the King her brother, but instead was confined at Kilmarnock. Her husband was summoned to appear within sixty days, which he failed to do, and their marriage was declared null and void. "According to Ferrerius, Buchanan, and other old historians, this took place in 1469, but the correct date was probably February or March 1474."[6]

Thomas probably died at Antwerp between 1471 and 1473.

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LDS Endowment:
Date: 10 JAN 1901[7]
~taken from the Peerage and Wikipedia



Wikipedia (accessed March 17, 2013). See Wikipedia for source notes, including:

  • Boyd Jr., Arthur Sumner (1924). The Boyd family of York County, Main. New York: Leland E. Dorthy. pp. 31
  • Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911).
  • "Boyd, Robert Boyd". Encyclopædia Britannica 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 353,354.
  • Balfour, Paul, James (1904).
  • The Scots peerage; founded on Wood's edition of Sir Robert Douglas's peerage of Scotland; containing an historical and genealogical account of the nobility of that kingdom. 5. Edinburgh: D. Douglas. pp. 148,149.

Source: S1 Title: Oliver Calhoun.FTW Repository: Call Number: Media: Othera

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  5. one profile had his parents marriage as 1449
  6. Wikipedia
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Thank you to John Hamilton, Maria Maxwell, Curtis Boyd, Jim Walker, Travis Wagner, Mike Stephenson, and Terry Wright for their contributions.

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WikiTree profile Boyd-803 created through the import of Griffin-Calhoun.ged on Aug 11, 2011 by Russell Griffin.

Thanks to Maria Maxwell for starting this profile.

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