Erskine, William, Sir, 1st Baronet, of Torrie (1728 -1795)
William Erskine was the son of Colonel the Hon. William Erskine, deputy governor of Blackness Castle, Linlithgowshire, and grandson of David Erskine, second Lord Cardross. He married firstly Magdalen Myrton, daughter of Robert Myrton of Gogar, and secondly Frances Moray, daughter of James Moray of Abercairny. His son from the second marriage, William, became the 2nd Baronet. His second son, James, who was an officer in the 133rd (Fraser's) foot, became 3rd Baronet on his elder brother's death. His third son John, also became Baronet, on the death of his brother James. A Lieutenant Colonel in the 15th Light Dragoons serving in Germany in 1762, Erskine performed exceptionally on the field at the Battle of Emsdorf, and was rewarded by King George III with a knight banneret, thus becaming Sir William Erskine, 1st Baronet, of Torrie. He also engaged in the American War, between the years 1776 and 1779, again acquitting himself with distinction.