Stewart, Ludovic, 2nd Duke of Lennox and Richmond (1574 -1624)
Ludovic Stewart, 2nd Duke of Lennox, was the elder son of Esmé Stuart, Ist Duke of Lennox and Katherine, daughter of Guillaume de Balsac, Seigneur d'Entragues. He was brought up with James VI, received a grant of the post of High Admiral of Scotland for life in 1591, and was Scottish Ambassador to France in 1600. He was much involved in the negotiations which brought James VI to the English throne and accompanied him to England in 1603, was naturalized an Englishman, and was installed a Knight of the Garter 9 July 1603. He was Ambassador to France in 1605 and 1613 and created, 6 October 1613, Baron of Settrington in Yorkshire and Earl of Richmond, and, 17 May 1623, Earl of Newcastle upon Tyne and Duke of Richmond in Yorkshire. He married three times. His first wife, whom he married before 11 September 1568, was Sophia Ruthven, third daughter of William, 1st Earl of Gowrie. She was dead before 1590, and he married secondly, in 1598, Jane, daughter of Sir Matthew Campbell, and widow of Robert Montgomerie. This marriage was unhappy, and they separated. She died before 15 December 1610, and on 16 June 1621, he married thirdly Frances, daughter of Thomas, Viscount Howard of Bindon, and widow of Edward Seymour, 1st Earl of Hertford. Smith's History of Virginia was dedicated to the Duchess and contains an engraving of her portrait and arms.