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From: John <>
Subject: Re: Elphinstone - James JOHNSTON (1655-1737) secretary of state forScotland
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 14:37:02 -0700 (PDT)
On Oct 4, 2:18 pm, David Daniell <> wrote:
> The current Oxford Dictionary of National Biography's biography of James Johnston (1655-1737) secretary of State for Scotland omits his second (possibly third) wife, the mother of his children. She was Lucy, daughter of Thomas Claxton of Dublin.
> Can anyone point me to a convincing source of information about this man's marriages? His first (second) marriage was to Catherine Poulett daughter of John 2nd baron Poulett and there is no dispute about that though there is no reported date of her death (leading to the confusion about his children's mother).
> I know this is outside the proper era for the list but his family is being covered in the present topic.
> With thanks,
Are you sure that this is the same family? I think Johnston and
Johnstone are two distinct families. There is no indication in the
ODNB biographies of your James Johnston or his father that they are
connected to the Johnstone family. In fact quite the opposite, as his
father's family are said to be lawyers and merchants of Edinburgh.
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