Hugh Montgomerie (1531-1585)

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Hugh Montgomerie, 3rd Earl of Eglinton (c. 1531 – 1585), great-grandson of Hugh Montgomerie, 1st Earl of Eglinton; student of St. Mary's College, St. Andrews, 1662; visited Mary Stuart in France and returned in her train, 1560; supported Mary's Roman Catholic policy but had no connection with Lord Darnley's murder. He opposed Mary's marriage to the Earl of Bothwell. He joined her after her escape from Loch Leven Castle and fought for her at the Battle of Langside in 1548. He subscribed his obedience to Regent Arran in 1571. He endeavoured to secure toleration for Roman Catholics in 1573. He was made a Privy Councillor in 1578 and subscribed order for prosecution of the Hamiltons in 1579. He was one of the assize for Morton's trial in 1581 and formally approved the Ruthven Raid in 1582.

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