John Maitland - Second Earl of Lauderdale
- Born: 24 May 1616, Lethington Hall, Haddingtonshire
- Marriage (1): Anne Home Aug or Sep 1632
- Marriage (2): Elizabeth Murray Countess of Dysart on 17 Feb 1672 in Petersham Parish Church
- Died: 24 Aug 1682 at age 66
Second Earl of Lauderdale, Duke of Lauderdale, Earl of Guildford, Secretary of State.
Elizabeth Murray's first husband had been Sir Lionel Tollemache. He died in 1669. After his death she had become close to John Maitland. The obvious closeness of the couple had ruined the earl's relations with his first wife, Anne, which had previously seemed to be happy. Anne left him and went to live in Paris. She died there on 6 November 1671, clearing the way for the new marriage. John was infatuated with Elizabeth, for she was beautiful, charming, and learned. She was also about forty-six years of age at the time of their union, which meant that by marrying her he was effectively giving up his chances of having more children. Abandoning the home at Highgate, just north of London,
where he had lived in the 1660s, he moved across the capital to the splendid mansion of Ham House in Surrey.
John married Anne Home, daughter of Alexander Home First Earl of Home and Unknown, Aug or Sep 1632. (Anne Home died on 6 Nov 1671 in Paris, France.)
John next married Elizabeth Murray Countess of Dysart, daughter of William Murray First Earl of Dysart and Unknown, on 17 Feb 1672 in Petersham Parish Church. (Elizabeth Murray Countess of Dysart was born 1626 - circa and died on 4 Jun 1696.)