WHICH DAY JOHN, LORD HOLYROODHOUSE, IS ADDED TO THE NUMBER OF THE BURGESSES OF DUNDEE, FOR HIS PUBLIC SERVICES.
JOHN BOTHWELL, second LORD HOLYROODHOUSE, was the son Of JOHN BOTHWELL Of Alhammer, and grandson of ADAM BOTHWELL, Bishop of Orkney the prelate who performed the marriage ceremony betwixt QUEEN MARY and the EARL OF BOTHWELL, and six months afterwards officiated at the coronation of KING JAMES. JOHN BOTHWELL of Alhammer had obtained the position of a Lord of Session when his father the BISHOP resigned that post in 1593; and he became a special favourite with the KING, whom he accompanied to England in 1603. On 20th December, 1607, he was created a peer with the title of LORD OF HOLYROODHOUSE, an honour which he enjoyed for a very brief period, as he died in November, 1609.
He left an only son by his wife MARY, daughter of SIR JOHN CARMICHAEL of that Ilk, who was the LORD HOLYROODHOUSE here enrolled amongst the Burgesses of Dundee. His connection with the Burgh arose through his relationship, on his mother's side, with the FOTHRINGHAMES of Powrie. He was served heir to his father on 17th January, 1629, and died unmarried in 1635. As the title had been devised to the heirs male of the body of JOHN, first LORD HOLYROODHOUSE, the direct line thus failed; but as there was a remainder to the heirs male of ADAM, BISHOP OF ORKNEY, the title became dormant, not extinct.
No claimant appeared for it till 1735, at which date HENRY BOTHWELL of Glencorse, great great grandson of WILLIAM BOTHWELL, third son of the BISHOP, petitioned the Crown for an acknowledgment of his title. No decision was come to regarding this claim, although HENRY BOTHWELL assumed the title during his lifetime. He died in 1755, leaving an only daughter, who became the mother of SIR ROBERT MENZIES, fifth baronet of Menzies.