Home, George Earl of Dunbar, Sir 142,472
- Marriage: Gordon, Catherine 142,472
- Died: 29 Jan 1610-1611, Whitehall 472,474
- Buried: Dunbar 474
Knight of the Garter, created Baron Hume of Berwick, 1604, and Earl of Dunbar, 1605, no issue.
Sir George of Spot and of Priorknows, Earl of Dunbar, K.G. is described by Archbishop Spottiswoode as "a man of deep wit, few words, and in His Majesty's service no less faithfull than fortunate. The most difficult affairs he compassed without any noise, and never returned when he was employed without the work performed he was to do." Being early introduced to Court, he soon rose high in the favour of King James VI. who appointed him one of the Gentlemen of his Bedchamber in 1585; Knighted him, 1590, and made him Lord High Treasurer of Scotland in 1601. Attending the King into Englad in 1603, he had a considerable influence in the management of affairs in that kingdom, and the sole disposal of those in Scotland. In 1604, he was sworn of the Privy Council, and created Baron Home in England, and Earl of Dunbar in Scotland. He was next made Chancellor of the Exchequer in England. He was the person on whom the King most relied to bring about the restoration of Episcopacy in Scotland, which he managed so well, that he carried an act to that effect through the Parliament at Perth in 1606. In that year, and in 1608 he was High Commissioner to the General Assembly, and installed Knight of the Garter in 1609. He died at Whitehall in 1611, when he was about to celebrate with great magnificence his daughter's marriage with Lord Walden; and Scott asserts in his 'Staggering State of Scots Statesmen," that by the hadtred of some of the courtiers he was not suffered long to enjoy his extraordinary favour; for with some tablets of sugar given him by Secretary Cecil for expelling the cold, he was poisoned; which was well known by the death of one Martin Sougir, a doctor, who by laying his finger on his heart, and touching it with his tongue, died within a few days thereafter, and by relation of his servant of his chamber, Sir James Baillie, who saw him get the tablets from the said secretary; and who having eaten a small parcel of them himself, struck all out in blisters, but by strength of body he escaped death, p. 84; which story is in all probability a wicked calumny as far as Cecil is concerned.
[From History of Dunbar Hume and Dundas from Drummond's Noble British Families, William Pickering, London 1846]
From W.K Parke's book "The Parish of Inishmacsaint", p. 13, The Plantation, "George Hume was created the Earl of Dunbar in 1605...(George Hume's brother John Hume) received a grant of 2000 acres called Ardgort...near Slavin...in July 1610." On p. 14 and 15 there is more about the Dunbars of Derrygonnelly followed by a Dunbar Family Tree on p. 24. Sir John Dunbar built the church at Derrygonnelly in 1627.
George married Catherine Gordon, daughter of Sir Alexander Gordon and Agnes Beaton 142.,472