Earl of Wigtown

The title of Earl of Wigtown (or Wigton or Wigtoun) was created twice in the Peerage of Scotland. The first creation was in 1341 for Malcolm Fleming, and was surrendered in 1372, when the second Earl sold the Earldom and territory to Archibald the Grim, Lord of Galloway. The transfer was confirmed by Robert III later in the same year.[2] The Douglas family, Earls of Douglas, held the Earldom of Wigtown for the next hundred years, until the attainder of the 9th Earl of Douglas in 1455.[1]

Earldom of Wigtown
Quarterly: 1st and 4th, gules, a chevron within a double tressure counterflory argent (Fleming); 2nd and 3rd, Azure, three cinquefoils argent (Fraser)
Creation date9 November 1341 (first)
19 March 1606 (second)
MonarchDavid II of Scotland
PeeragePeerage of Scotland
First holderMalcolm Fleming, 1st Earl of Wigtown
Last holderCharles Fleming, 7th Earl of Fleming
Subsidiary titlesLord Fleming
Lord Fleming and Cumbernauld
Motto"Let the deed shaw"[1]

The second creation was in 1606 for John Fleming, and survived until the death of the 7th earl in 1747, when it became dormant (or extinct).[3] The earls of the second creation bore the subsidiary titles of Lord Fleming and Cumbernauld (1606) and of Lord Fleming (1451, Peerage of Scotland, extinct 1747).

Earls of Wigtown, First Creation (1341)

Douglas Earls

Lords Fleming (1451)

Earls of Wigtown, Second Creation (1606)

  • John Fleming, 1st Earl of Wigtown (1567–1619)
  • John Fleming, 2nd Earl of Wigtown (1589–1650)
  • John Fleming, 3rd Earl of Wigtown (d.1665)
  • John Fleming, 4th Earl of Wigtown (d.1668)
  • William Fleming, 5th Earl of Wigtown (d.1681)
  • John Fleming, 6th Earl of Wigtown (1673–1744)
  • Charles Fleming, 7th Earl of Wigtown (1675–1747)


  1. Balfour Paul, James (1904). The Scots Peerage. Edinburgh : D. Douglas. pp. 518–558. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  2. Fraser, Vol I, pp328-30
  3. The Complete Peerage, 1st edition, Volume 8, page 139
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