James Stuart, 1st Earl of Bute

James Stuart, 1st Earl Of Bute

James Stuart, 1st Earl of Bute

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Sir James Stuart, 3rd Baronet, of Bute, created 1st Earl of Bute, MP, PC (before 1666 – 4 June 1710), was the son of Sir Dugald Stuart, 2nd Baronet and Elizabeth Ruthven, daughter of Sir John Ruthven.

James Stuart, 1st Earl of Bute succeeded to the title of 3rd Baronet Stuart, of Bute, in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia, in 1672. As a Colonel of the militia in 1681, he helped quieten Argyllshire after the rebellion of the Earl of Argyll. In 1684, he was appointed Sheriff of Tarbet. He was a practising Advocate in 1685. He was twice elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Bute (1685-1693 and 1702-1703), and was Sheriff of Argyllshire in 1686. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (PC) for Scotland, and was one of the Commissioners to negotiate the Union of Scotland with England in 1702. He was created 1st Viscount Kingarth on 14 April 1703, and Lord Mountstuart, Cumra and Inchmarnock on 14 April 1703. He was created 1st Earl of Bute on 14 April 1703. In 1707 he opposed the Union of Scotland and England.

In July 1680, he married Agnes Mackenzie, daughter of Sir George Mackenzie and Elizabeth Dickson. Hemarried, secondly, Christian Dundas, daughter of Sir William Dundas of Kincavel and Margaret Edmonston. He died on 4 June 1710 at Bath, Somerset.He was buried at Rothsay, Scotland. He was the father of two children by his first marriage,

  1. Margaret Stuart (b. before 1681 – 27 April 1738) m. John Lindsay, 1st Viscount Garnock
  2. James Stuart, 2nd Earl of Bute (b. before 1696......
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