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William Borthwick, 2nd Lord Borthwick (died between 6 October 1483 and 7 February 1483/4)[1][2] was a Scottish ambassador to England.

The son of William Borthwick, 1st Lord Borthwick, he served as ambassador to England on 13 July 1459, where he is included in a Safe-conduct of that date as "William lord Borthwik" with numerous other nobles, clerics, and a retinue of "200 attendants". On 11 April 1464 he was, with other senior peers, commissioned by King James to treat with the ambassadors of King Edward IV of England.[3]

He sat in parliament on 9 October 1466 and 14 October 1467,[4] and in several subsequent parliaments until his death. Lord Borthwick was one of the Lords of the Articles pro baronibus, in the parliament that sat at Edinburgh on 4 October 1479.[5]

It is reckoned to be the second Lord recorded as "William lord Bortwic" in an English Safe-conduct, with several clerics and other nobles, and a retinue of 400 persons, to travel to England as "ambassadors and commissioners of the King of Scots coming to treat with the English commissioners", dated 7 August 1471[6], and had another Safe-conduct as Scottish ambassador on 24 August 1478.

Sir William de Borthwick, Knt, his son and heir, appears as defender in an action of debt on 4 July 1476, when judgement was given against him. They appeared again together in an action on 16 October 1479, and had a judgement in their favour.[7]

Alexander Nisbet transcribed in full a 1484 charter[8] to this Lord Borthwick and his spouse Mariotta Hoppringle. They are said to have married in 1458 leaving issue, their son and heir William Borthwick, 3rd Lord Borthwick.[9]

Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
William Borthwick
Lord Borthwick
c 1470 – c 1484
Succeeded by
William Borthwick


  1. ^ Pine, L.G., FSA Scot, &c., The New Extinct Peerage 1884-1971, London, 1972: 32, ISBN 0-90045523-3
  2. ^ Anderson, William, The Scottish Nation, Edinburgh, 1867, vol.ii, p.339, states that "he seems to have died about 1464" but this cannot be correct.
  3. ^ Bain, Joseph, FSA Scot, &c., Calendar of Documents Relating to Scotland, Edinburgh, 1888, vol.iv 1357-1509, addenda 1221-1435, no.1341, p.272
  4. ^ Anderson (1867) vol.ii, p.339, where he gives him as the 3rd Lord.
  5. ^ Bain (1867), vol.ii, p.339
  6. ^ Bain, Joseph, FSA Scot, &c., Calendar of Documents Relating to Scotland, vol.IV, 1357-1509 with Addenda 1221-1435, Edinburgh, 1888, p.283, no.1395
  7. ^ Anderson, William, The Scottish Nation, Edinburgh, 1867, vol.ii, p.339
  8. ^ Nisbet, Alexander, A System of Heraldry, Edinburgh 1722, facsimile 1984, vol.ii, Appendix
  9. ^ Pine, 1972: 32


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