Patrick Hepburn 3rd Earl of Bothwell
(Abt 1512-1556)


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2. Margaret Home

Patrick Hepburn 3rd Earl of Bothwell

  • Born: Abt 1512
  • Marriage (1): Agnes Sinclair about 1534
  • Marriage (2): Margaret Home about 1535
  • Died: Sep 1556, Dumfries, Dumfrieshire, Scotland about age 44

  General Notes:

Patrick Hepburn, 3rd Earl of Bothwell was born between 1511 and 1513. He was the son of Adam Hepburn, 2nd Earl of Bothwell and Lady Agnes Stewart. He married, firstly, Agnes Sinclair, daughter of Henry Sinclair, 3rd Lord St. Clair and Margaret Hepburn, circa 1533/34. He and Agnes Sinclair were divorced circa October 1543. He married, secondly, Margaret Home after October 1543. He died in September 1556 in Dumfries, Dumfrieshire, Scotland.

Patrick Hepburn, 3rd Earl of Bothwell succeeded to the title of 4th Lord Hailes on 9 September 1513. He succeeded to the title of 3rd Earl of Bothwell on 9 September 1513. In December 1531 he went to England, and intrigued against the King of Scotland. Before June 1533 he was imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle. In September 1538 he was compelled to resign the Lordship of Liddisdale because he had plotted against King James V. In 1543 he recovered the Lordship of Liddisdale. On 15 March 1542/43 he opposed in Parliament the match of the infant Queen and Prince Edward of England, but at the same time was trying to obtain a marriage for himself to Mary of Guise, the Queen Dowager. Between 1545 and 1547 he was imprisoned. He held the office of High Admiral of Scotland on 14 September 1546.

Sadler wrote "as to the Earl of Bothwell, who hath rule of Liddisdale, I think him the most vain and insolent man in the world, full of pride and folly, and here nothing at all esteemed." Pitscottie describes him as "fair and whitely, something hanging shouldered and going forward, but of a gentle humane countenance."

Patrick married Agnes Sinclair about 1534. (Agnes Sinclair was born about 1515.)

Patrick next married Margaret Home about 1535. (Margaret Home was born about 1518.)

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