The History of Leith

May 11, 2011

Thomas Boyd, Earl of Arran

Thomas Boyd, Earl of Arran (died c. 1473) was a Scottish nobleman.

The son of Robert, 1st Lord Boyd, Thomas was created Earl of Arran and Baron Kilmarnock in the Peerage of Scotland in 1467. He married Princess Mary, sister of James III in 1467.[1]

While Robert and Thomas Boyd were out of the country negotiating the cession of Orkney to Scotland the king’s marriage to Margaret of Denmark, their regime was overthrown and they were attainted for high treason in 1469. However, Thomas fulfilled his mission, that of bringing the king’s bride, Margaret, to Scotland, and then, warned by his wife, escaped to the continent of Europe. He is mentioned very eulogistically in one of the Paston Letters, but practically nothing is known of his subsequent history. He probably died at Antwerp between 1471 and 1473. for more click here

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