Name: James Elphinstone
Suffix: 1st Lord Balmerinoch
Change Date: 10 MAR 2011
James Elphinstone of Barnton, knight, 3rd son of Robert Elphinstone, 3rd Lord Elphinstone, was a Lord of Session 1586 as Lord Innernochtie, one of the eight Commissioners of the Treasury known as the "Octavians" 1595, Secretary of State 1598, Privy Council of England 1603, and President of the Court of Session 1605.
In his favour the lands of the Abbey of Balmerinoch were erected into the Barony of Balmerinoch 1603/4 and he was created Lord Balmerinoch 11 July 1606.
He was convicted of treason and attainted 10 March 1608/9 for having in 1599 fabricated a letter purporting to be from King JAMES VI to Pope Clement VIII.
He m 1st 21 March 1588 Sarah (still alive 14 Dec 1592) dtr of Sir John Menteith of Carse, and by her had issue:?..A1 John, his heir [see below]?He m 2nd ante 23 Dec 1597 Marjory dtr of Hugh Maxwell of Tealing and d 21 June 1612, while under attainder, having had by her had issue:?..A2 James Elphinstone, created Lord Coupar 20 Dec 1607, m 1st Margaret dtr of Sir James Halyburton of Pitcur, and m 2nd in 1667 (when he was nearly 80) Marion dtr of James Ogilvy, 2nd Earl of Ogilvy, by his 1st wife Helen dtr of George Ogilvy, 1st Lord Banff. He d without issue Jan 1668/9, his nephew 3rd Lord Balmerinoch succeeding him as 2nd Lord Coupar?..a1. Margaret Elphinstone m 1618 as his 1st wife Andrew Fraser, 2nd Lord Fraser?..a2. Mary Elphinstone m John Hamilton of Blair?..a3. Marjory Elphinstone m Francis Fraser of Kinmundie
Father: Robert Elphinstone b: 9 SEP 1530
Mother: Margaret Drummond
- Margaret Elphinstone