William Scott Baron of Balwearie 181
- Marriage (1): Janet Lindsay
Noted events in his life were:
• Battle, 13 May 1568, Langside, Scotland. 181,1343 William adhered to the cause of Queen Mary and was wounded at the battle of Lanside. In 1568 the area was the site of the Battle of Langside, the last battle fought by the forces of Mary, Queen of Scots prior to her exile and death in England.
William's opposition to the Reformation and involvement in court intrigue damaged the prospects of the family.
The Battle of Langside, fought on 13 May 1568, was one of the more unusual contests in Scottish history, bearing a superficial resemblance to a grand family quarrel, in which a mother fought her brother who was defending the rights of her infant son. In 1567 Mary, Queen of Scot's short period of personal rule ended in recrimination, intrigue and disaster when she was forced to abdicate in favour of James VI, her infant son. Mary was sent into captivity in Loch Leven Castle, while her Protestant half-brother, James Stewart, Earl of Moray was appointed Regent on behalf of his nephew. In early May 1568 Mary escaped, heading west to the country of the Hamiltons, high among her remaining supporters, with the determination to restore her rights as queen.
William married Janet Lindsay, daughter of John Lindsay of Dowhill and Unknown.