WHICH DAY JAMES CRICHTON OF RUTHVEN IS ADDED TO THE NUMBER OF
THE BURGESSES OF DUNDEE, FOR HIS ZEAL AND DILIGENCE IN THE
SERVICE OF THE STATE.
SIR JAMES CRICHTON of Ruthven was descended from STEPHEN CRICHTON of Cairns, who was the common ancestor of the CRICHTONS, EARLS OF CAITHNESS, and the CRICHTONS, VISCOUNTS FRENDRAUGHT. He was the son of SIR ADAM CRICHTON of Ruthven, and on 13th September, 1578, during his father's lifetime, he had a charter from KING JAMES VI. uniting various lands in Forfarshire and Perthshire into one free barony of Ruthven. He was related by marriage to the STEWARTS of Grandtully and the RAMSAYS of Bamff two of the leading Dundee families of his time. His son represented Forfarshire in the Parliament of 1644; and grand daughter was married to SIR GEORGE KINNAIRD, first BARON KINNAIRD of Inchture.