Sir Henry Erskine, 5th Baronet

For other people named Henry Erskine, see Henry Erskine (disambiguation).
Henry Erskine, 5th Baronet, father of James, second Earl of Rosslyn (Frans van der Mijn)

Sir Henry Erskine, 5th Baronet (ca. 1710 – 7 August 1765) was a Scottish soldier and politician.

He was a younger son of Sir John Erskine, 3rd Baronet, M.P. of Alva, Clackmannanshire, was probably educated at Eton College and entered Lincoln's Inn to study law in 1728. However, instead of a legal career he joined the Army and rose to the rank of Lieutenant-General in 1765.[1]

He succeeded to the baronetcy and family estate when his elder brother Charles was killed in action at the Battle of Lauffeld in 1747. Erskine then served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayr Burghs 1749–1754 and for Anstruther Easter Burghs 1754–1765.

He died in 1765. He had married Janet, the daughter of Peter Wedderburn, Lord Chesterhall, and with her had 2 sons and a daughter. He was succeeded by his eldest son James, who later became the 2nd Earl of Rosslyn.


  1. "ERSKINE, Sir Henry, 5th Bt. (1710-65), of Alva, Clackmannan.". History of Parlaiment Onlinne. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Charles Erskine
Member of Parliament for Ayr Burghs
Succeeded by
James Stuart-Mackenzie
Preceded by
Philip Anstruther
Member of Parliament for Anstruther-Easter Burghs
Succeeded by
Sir John Anstruther, Bt
Military offices
Preceded by
Lord Frederick Cavendish
Colonel of the 67th Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Hamilton Lambert
Preceded by
The Earl of Home
Colonel of the 25th (Edinburgh) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Lord George Henry Lennox
Preceded by
Hon. James St Clair
Colonel of the 1st (Royal) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Marquess of Lorne
Court offices
Preceded by
John Offley
Surveyor of the King's Private Roads
Succeeded by
Hon. Edward Finch
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
Preceded by
Charles Erskine
(of Alva)
Succeeded by
James Erskine

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