From the Book of Eminent Burgesses of Dundee 1513 to 1885.

John, Lord Elphinstone - 8th May 1671

 

AT DUNDEE, QUHILK, DAY JOHN, LORD ELPHINSTONE, WAS ADMITTED BURGESS OF THE SAID BURGH, GRATIS.

JOHN, eighth LORD ELPHINSTONE, was the son of ALEXAXDER, sixth LORD ELPHINSTONE, and succeeded to the title on the death of his elder brother in May, 1669. His marriage with LADY ISABEL MAITLAND, eldest daughter of CHARLES, LORD HALTON, whose name is entered on the Roll with his own, brought him into close relationship with the LAUDERDALE family; and he was entrusted with the conducting of several of the important military movements in Scotland, both for the suppression of Presbyterianism in 1679, and for the counteracting of the DUKE OF MONMOUTH'S Rebellion in 1685. Many of the letters and official documents addressed to him by the DUKE OF LAUDERDALE, the DUKE OF ROTHES, the EARL OF DUNBARTON, and the Privy Council, are preserved at Carberry Tower amongst the family papers of his descendant, the present LORD ELPHINSTONE. From these it appears that he held a commission as Captain in the army at Flanders, and returned to this country in 1696. He took his seat in Parliament on 14th May, 1703, and voted in support of the Treaty of Union. His eldest son predeceased him, and he was succeeded by his second son CHARLES, ninth LORD ELPHINSTONE.