John Bellenden, 2nd Lord Bellenden

John Bellenden, 2nd Lord Bellenden (d. March 1707) was a Scottish nobleman.

Early lifeEdit

Born John Ker, he was the fourth son of William Ker, 2nd Earl of Roxburghe (born William Drummond) and the Hon. Jane Ker. Among his elder brothers was Robert Ker, 3rd Earl of Roxburghe (who married Lady Margaret Hay, eldest daughter of John Hay, 1st Marquess of Tweeddale) and William Ker, who served as Sheriff of Tweeddale. His younger sister, Lady Jean Ker, was married to Colin Lindsay, 3rd Earl of Balcarres, a prominent supporter of James II of England.[1]

His parents were first cousins as his mother was the eldest daughter, and heir of line, of the Hon. Harry Ker (from his great-grandfather's second marriage to Jean Drummond, who was also his paternal grandfather's younger sister). His maternal grandmother was Lady Margaret Hay, the only daughter of William Hay, 10th Earl of Erroll and Lady Anne Lyon (daughter of Patrick Lyon, 1st Earl of Kinghorne). After his grandfather died, Lady Margaret remarried to John Kennedy, 6th Earl of Cassilis.[2]


After his first cousin twice removed, William Bellenden, 1st Lord Bellenden, the son of Sir James Bellenden of Broughton, and Margaret Ker (daughter of Henry Ker, Lord Ker and granddaughter of Robert Ker, 1st Earl of Roxburghe),[3] died without male issue in 1671, Ker took the surname Bellenden and became 2nd Lord Bellenden of Broughton.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

On 10 April 1683, he married the widow Lady Mary Ramsay (d. 1725/6), the second daughter of Henry Moore, 1st Earl of Drogheda and the former Alice Spencer (fifth daughter of William Spencer, 2nd Baron Spencer and sister of Henry Spencer, 1st Earl of Sunderland).[5] Lady Mary, an aunt of Henry Moore, 4th Earl of Drogheda, had previously been married to William Ramsay, 3rd Earl of Dalhousie.[a] Together, they were the parents of seven children, including:[7]

Bellenden died in March 1707 and was succeeded by his eldest son, John as the 3rd Lord Bellenden.[4] After his death, his widow married for the third time to Dr. Samuel Collins.[4]


Through his eldest son John, he was a grandfather of Ker Bellenden, 4th Lord Bellenden (father of John Bellenden, 5th Lord Bellenden) and Robert Bellenden, 6th Lord Bellenden.[4] As the 5th Lord Bellenden died insolvent in 1796, the office of the usher of the Exchequer, which had been hereditary in the family, was sequestered and sold by his creditors.[3]

Through his son William he was a grandfather to William Bellenden (1728–1805), who later became 7th Lord Bellenden in 1797 and the 4th Duke of Roxburghe in 1804.[9] Upon Williams death in 1805, the Lordship of Bellenden of Broughton became extinct.[4]

Through his son James, he was a grandfather of Mary Bellenden, who married Sir Richard Murray, 6th Baronet.[10]

Through his daughter Mary, he was a grandfather of Lady Caroline Campbell (1721–1803), Field Marshal John Campbell, 5th Duke of Argyll (1723–1806), Lord Frederick Campbell (1729–1816),[11] and Lord William Campbell (1731–1778).[8]

Family TreeEdit

Ker and Innes-Ker Family Tree: Earls and Dukes of Roxburghe
Robert Ker,
1st Earl of Roxburghe

William Ker,
Lord Ker
(d. 1618)
Lady Jean Ker
m. John Drummond,
2nd Earl of Perth
Henry Ker,
Lord Ker
(d. 1643)
William Drummond (Ker),
2nd Earl of Roxburghe

Jean KerMargaret Ker
(d. 1681)
m. Sir James Innes, 3rd Bt.
Robert Ker,
3rd Earl of Roxburghe

John Ker (Bellenden),
2nd Lord Bellenden
(d. 1707)
Sir Henry Innes, 4th Bt.
(d. 1721)
Robert Ker,
4th Earl of Roxburghe
(c. 1677–1696)
John Ker,
5th Earl of Roxburghe,
1st Duke of Roxburghe

(c. 1680–1741)
William Bellenden
Sir Henry Innes, 5th Bt.
(d. 1762)
Robert Ker
2nd Duke of Roxburghe

(c. 1709–1755)
William Bellenden-Ker
7th Lord Bellenden,
4th Duke of Roxburghe

Sir James Innes-Ker, 6th Bt.,
5th Duke of Roxburghe

John Ker,
3rd Duke of Roxburghe

James Henry Robert Innes-Ker,
6th Duke of Roxburghe

James Henry Robert Innes-Ker,
7th Duke of Roxburghe

Henry John Innes-Ker,
8th Duke of Roxburghe

George Victor Robert John Innes-Ker,
9th Duke of Roxburghe

Guy David Innes-Ker,
10th Duke of Roxburghe

(b. 1954)
Charles Robert George Innes-Ker,
Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford

(b. 1981)
Heir Apparent


  1. ^ From Lady Mary's first marriage, she was the mother of George Ramsay, 4th Earl of Dalhousie, William Ramsay, 5th Earl of Dalhousie, Col. Hon. James Ramsay, and Lady Elizabeth Ramsay (first wife of Francis Hawley, 2nd Baron Hawley).[6]
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  6. ^ "Dalhousie, Earl of (S, 1633)". Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  7. ^ Burke, John Bernard (1854). A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. Hurst and Blackett. p. 864. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Argyll, Duke of (S, 1701)". Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Roxburghe, Duke of (S, 1707)". Heraldic Media Limited. Archived from the original on 19 May 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  10. ^ Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage. Kelly's Directories. 1884. p. 375. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  11. ^ Athol Murray, ‘Campbell, Lord Frederick (1729–1816)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 14 Oct 2017
  12. ^ Acceded to the title of Lord Bellenton of Broughton as the 2nd Earl, inheriting the title from his kinsman, the 1st Earl, by special remainder under Royal Charter of 1673
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
William Bellenden
Lord Bellenden
Succeeded by
John Bellenden