Name: John Charteris
Suffix: of Kinclaven
Death: 1552 in Edinburgh, High Street
Cause: Killed by the master of Ruthven
Change Date: 10 MAR 2011
On August 1st 1543, the regent Arran issued an order to the provost, bailies, and community of Perth, charging them to obey John Charteris of Cuthilgurdy and Thomas Charteris of Kinfauns in all votes, in preference to letters already issued in favour of Lord Ruthven, and on 1st October following, John Charteris was elected provost. On 26th January succeeding he was, however, by the regent and lords of secret council discharged of the office, and on 15th April a proclamation by the queen appeared against the said Thomas and John Charteris, and their accomplices, to the number of eighty, denouncing them rebels, and commanding them to be apprehended. On 7th October the same year (1544) Patrick, Lord Ruthven, was elected provost of Perth, and in the following January, on Cardinal Bethune?s persecuting visit to that city with the regent Arran, he instigated the latter to turn Lord Ruthven out of the provostship, and restore John Charteris of Kinfauns to that office. He therefore applied to Lord Gray, to whom he was allied, and persuaded him, and Norman Leslie, and others of his friends, to assist him with their armed forces, in attacking the town. The master of Ruthven, aided by the laird of Moncrieff and the citizens, resolved to defend it at all hazards. Lord Gray was to enter the town from the bridge, while Norman Leslie was to bring up ammunition and ordnance by water to storm it on its open side, but the tide was against him, and he did not arrive in time. The former finding the bridge undefended, marched up into the town as far as the Fishgate, when he was encountered by the master of Ruthven, who routed and repulsed his party, about sixty of whom were slain. The Ruthvens ever after had possession of the provostship till May 1584, when William, earl of Gowrie, then provost, was executed at Stirling. In 1552, John Charteris of Kinclaven, in Perthshire, was killed by the master of Ruthven, on the High Street of Edinburgh, ?upon occasion,? says Bishop Leslie, ?of old feud, and for staying of a decret of ane proces, which the said John pursued against him before the Lords of Session.? [Bishop Leslie?s History, p. 247.] this led to the passing of an act by the following parliament, that whosoever should slay a man for pursuing an action against him, should forfeit the right of judgment in his action, in addition to his liability to the laws for the crime.
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The Ruthvens remained Provosts of Perth until William Ruthven, Earl of Gowrie, was executed in 1584. In 1552 John Charteris had been killed by the earl?s heir in the High Street in Edinburgh.
Father: John Charteris
Mother: Janet Gray