John Erskine, Earl of Mar (1741–1825)

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Portrait of John Francis, Earl of Mar, Aged 17, painted by Allan Ramsay.
Portrait of John Francis Erskine, Earl of Mar, painted by Henry Raeburn.

John Francis Erskine, Earl of Mar (born 1741) was restored by act of Parliament to the title of Earl of Mar in June 1824, his 83rd year. The title had previously been forfeit, following the attainting of his predecessor, John Erskine in 1716 for having Jacobite sympathies. He died in August 1825.[1]

John Francis Erskine is reckoned to be both the 24th earl in the first creation of the title, and seventh earl (in the seventh creation), due to the confusion following a nineteenth-century dispute over the succession after his grandson's death.[2].


  1. ^ Round, John Horace (1911). "Mar, Earldom of" . In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 665–666.
  2. ^ Other sources count him as 23nd earl, still others number him 12th earl (See notes)
  • Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 105th ed. (1978) ISBN (none), p1753, p1756
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
John Erskine
Earl of Mar
Succeeded by
John Thomas Erskine