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Another question from one of our society members: Did Agnes Douglas, Countess of Argyll (1574 – 3 May 1607) marry John Carruthers 8th of Holmains, eg was she a Carruthers by marriage?

Sadly no.

This is totally incorrect historically. It is therefore important to check the facts. Not every person out there is a ‘Carruthers’ as much as we would wish them to be. Sadly, you simply cannot rewrite history.

AGNES DOUGLAS, Countess of Argyll

Agnes Douglas was definitely a Scottish noblewoman born in 1574 and it is recorded that she was the first wife of Archibald Campbell, 7th Earl of Argyll. She therefore did not marry a Carruthers, she died at the age of 33 just after the birth of her 3rd child.

This is taken directly from Clan Douglas Archives which is solidly backed up by other historical evidence and records.

‘On 24 July 1592, she married as his first wife, Archibald Campbell, 7th Earl of Argyll, the son of Colin Campbell, 6th Earl of Argyll and Agnes Keith.

Agnes, who was a Roman Catholic, was instrumental in her husband’s later decision to convert to the Catholic faith in 1618, eleven years after her death.

Despite Agnes’s religion, he commanded the royal troops which fought against the Catholic rebels led by George Gordon, 1st Marquess of Huntly in the Battle of Glenlivet on 3 October 1594. Argyll’s forces were defeated by the numerically smaller forces of Huntly.

AGNES’s MARRIAGE (the only one)

The marriage produced three children:

Lady Annabel Campbell (died 1652), married Robert Kerr, 2nd Earl of Lothian, by whom she had two daughters.

Lady Anne Campbell (died 14 June 1638), married George Gordon, 2nd Marquess of Huntly, by whom she had seven children.

Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll (April 1607- 27 May 1661), de facto head of government in Scotland during most of the conflict known as the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, and the most influential member of the Covenanter movement during the English Civil War. In 1626 married Lady Margaret Douglas (1610–1678), by whom he had four children, including his heir, Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll. He was executed in 1661 by the orders of King Charles II of England on charges of High Treason. His head was exposed on top of the Tolbooth.

Agnes herself died on 3 May 1607, a month after the birth of her only son, Archibald.

Her husband married secondly on 30 November 1610, Anne Cornwallis, by whom he had three more children.

In 1599, when she was twenty-five years old, Agnes’s portrait was painted by Flemish artist Adrian Vanson. It is displayed in the National Gallery of Scotland. See below, the other pic is of her husband Archibald Campbell, 7th Earl of Argyll’.

As a clan, Carruthers really don’t need to make things up. We have a host of information in the pipeline ready for the green light. All again based on evidence and facts.

Once again, if evidence is presented I’m sure we, and Scottish historians world wide and more importantly clans Douglas and Campbell would be very interested to review it.

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