The son of Sir James Johnstone, Warden of the West Marches and Sarah Maxwell, he was elevated to the Peerage of Scotland on 20 June 1633 as Lord Johnstone of Lochwood. On 18 March 1643, he was further created Lord Johnston of Lochwood, Moffatdale and Evandale and Earl of Hartfell. Johnstone fought for King Charles I during the English Civil War and was imprisoned by the Committee of Estates in 1644. Short time later freed, he took part in the Battle of Philiphaugh and the Battle of Kilsyth in 1645. In November of the same year, Johnstone was captured at Philiphaugh. Although sentenced to death at St Andrews, he received later a pardon.
On 29 November 1622, he married firstly Margaret Douglas, daughter of the 1st Earl of Queensberry. On the 6 March 1643 he remarried, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Samuel Johnston, 1st Baronet, and on 25 February 1646 or 1647 thirdly Lady Margaret Hamilton, daughter of the 1st Earl of Haddington in Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh. He had six children by his first wife, four daughters and two sons, including his heir James Johnstone.
THE JACOBITE AVENGER; Old Warrior: James Johnstone, Left, Defended Fort Carillon, above, against the Black Watch
Jul 12, 2008; Byline: Tom Kyle AS he watched from the stockade, James Johnstone could see the kiltedclansmen charging towards him through the...
In the Name of JINKY; James Johnstone Has a Vision -- to Teach the Children Some of Dad's Old Tricks; EXCLUSIVE
Mar 30, 2011; Byline: by STEPHEN McGOWAN For months I used to run straight home from school, grab a cup of tea and something to eat, then lay...