James Colville, 1st Lord Colville of Culross
James Colville, 1st Lord Colville of Culross (1551–1629) was a Scottish soldier and courtier.
He was a distinguished soldier who fought in France for Henry, Prince of Navarre, later King Henry IV. He returned to Scotland in 1582 along with Francis Stewart, Earl of Bothwell, loaded down with commendations from his French patrons. He was involved in the Ruthven raid, on 22 August of that year.
His first marriage was in 1570 to Isabel Ruthven, daughter of Patrick Ruthven, 3rd Lord Ruthven, with whom he had five children. In 1599 he remarried Helen Schaw, niece of William Schaw, an event which caused a feud with Francis Mowbray brother of Helen's dead husband Robert Mowbray[disambiguation needed]. They had a further child together.
Calvin's case, the leading legal test of the status of citizenship after the 1603 union of the crowns of England and Scotland, was at least notionally concerned with the legal rights of Colville's young grandson James.
- The Scottish Nation: Colville, accessed 27 March 2010
- Williamson, Arthur H. "Colville, James". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/67449. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
- http://thepeerage.com/p6945.htm thePeerage.com accessed 27 March 2010