KNIGHTS OF THE THISTLE
                  Last updated 29/10/2014
The date of the foundation of the Most Ancient and Most
Noble Order of the Thistle is somewhat obscure. Some
writers state the the Order was originally founded in
AD 787 by Achaius, who was King of Scotland between
787 and 819. Legend has it that Achaius, while engaged 
in battle with Athelstan, King of the West Saxons, saw in
the heavens a vision of the cross upon which St.Andrew,
the patron saint of Scotland, had suffered martyrdom. 
Having been successful in the battle, Achaius established
the Order of knighthood.
Historically, however, the lives of Achaius and Athelstan
were about 150 years apart and, as a result, this version
of the origin of the Order of the Thistle must be dismissed
as being mythical.
Other writers state that the Order was founded in 1500 and
revived in 1540. Whatever the correct date of founding may
have been, there seems to be no doubt that, even if the Order
of the Thistle had previously flourished, it had fallen into
disuse by the time of the Reformation.
The Order of the Thistle as we know it today was founded by
King James II of England (and King James VII of Scotland) by
a warrant dated 29 May 1687. This warrant commanded Letters
Patent to be passed under the Great Seal of Scotland, for the
purpose of "reviving and restoring the Order of the Thistle
to its full glory, lustre and magnificency."
The original statutes of the Order limited the number of 
knights to 12, with the King (or Queen) to be the Sovereign
of the Order.
After the initial establishment in 1687, the Order fell into
disuse during the reigns of William and Mary, but on 31 
December 1703, Queen Anne revived the Order. The statutes of
the Order were subsequently amended on 17 February 1715 and
8 May 1827, when the limitation on the number of knights was
increased to its current level of 16, excluding members of
the Royal family and extra knights such as King Olav V of
Norway.
Of the three great Orders of Knighthood (i.e. Garter,Thistle
and St.Patrick) the Order of the Thistle has had the greatest
proportion of "commoners" appointed to its ranks in modern times.
A number of Knights of the Thistle have subsequently been
appointed as Knights of the Garter. Most (but not all) such
Knights resigned from the Order of the Thistle when they were
appointed as Knights of the Garter.
The motto of the Order is "Nemo me impune lacessit" ("No-one
provokes me with impunity")
Royal and Extra Knights are shown in blue.
I am very grateful to Bruce Hogg for his valuable
and unselfish assistance in checking the accuracy
of the information contained on this page.
The assistance of Dr Iain Old and of Joy Fraser of
St Giles' Cathedral,Edinburgh is also gratefully
acknowledged.
For further information on Scotish politics the
reader is urged to follow the link below to Iain's
pages -
http://www.scottishpolitics.org/
Date   Name Born Died Age
6 Jun 1687 James Drummond,4th Earl of Perth 7 Jul 1648 11 May 1716 67
6 Jun 1687 George Gordon,1st Duke of Gordon c 1649 7 Dec 1716
6 Jun 1687 John Murray,1st Marquess of Atholl 2 May 1631  7 May 1703 72
6 Jun 1687 James Hamilton,styled Earl of Arran,later [1698] 4th
Duke of Hamilton and [1711] 1st Duke of Brandon 11 Apr 1658 15 Nov 1712 54
6 Jun 1687 Kenneth Mackenzie,4th Earl of Seaforth 8 Dec 1661 Jan 1701 39
6 Jun 1687 John Drummond,1st Earl of Melfort c 1650 25 Jan 1715
6 Jun 1687 George Douglas,1st Earl of Dunbarton c 1635 20 Mar 1692
6 Jun 1687 Alexander Stuart,5th Earl of Moray 8 May 1634 1 Nov 1701 67
4 Feb 1704 John Campbell,2nd Duke of Argyll and later [1719]
1st Duke of Greenwich 10 Oct 1680  4 Oct 1743 62
[resigned on being made KG 22 Mar 1710]
7 Feb 1704 John Murray,1st Duke of Atholl 24 Feb 1660 14 Nov 1724 64
7 Feb 1704 William Johnston,1st Marquess of Annandale 17 Feb 1664 14 Jan 1721 56
7 Feb 1704 James Scott,styled Earl of Dalkeith 23 May 1674 14 Mar 1705 30
7 Feb 1704 George Hamilton,1st Earl of Orkney 9 Feb 1666 29 Jan 1737 70
7 Feb 1704 James Ogilvy,1st Earl of Seafield and later [1711]
4th Earl of Findlater 11 Jul 1663 19 Aug 1730 67
30 Oct 1705 William Kerr,2nd Marquess of Lothian 1661 28 Feb 1722 60
30 Oct 1705 Charles Boyle,4th Earl of Orrery 28 Jul 1674 28 Aug 1731 57
10 Aug 1706 John Erskine,22nd/6th Earl of Mar Feb 1675 May 1732 57
[honours forfeited 1715]
10 Aug 1706 Hugh Campbell,3rd Earl of Loudoun 20 Nov 1731
25 Mar 1710 John Dalrymple,2nd Earl of Stair 20 Jul 1673 9 May 1747 73
17 Jan 1713 David Colyear,1st Earl of Portmore c 1656 2 Jan 1730
22 Jun 1716 John Sutherland,16th Earl of Sutherland 2 Mar 1661 27 Jun 1733 72
22 Jun 1716 William Cadogan,1st Baron Cadogan of Reading,later
[1718] 1st Earl Cadogan and 1st Baron Cadogan 
of Oakley 1672 17 Jul 1726 56
1 Mar 1717 Thomas Hamilton,6th Earl of Haddington 29 Aug 1680 28 Nov 1735 55
28 Feb 1721 Charles Bennet,1st Earl of Tankerville 1674 21 May 1722 47
2 Feb 1725 Francis Scott,styled Earl of Dalkeith,later [1732]
2nd Duke of Buccleuch 11 Jan 1695 22 Apr 1751 56
2 Feb 1725 William Capell,3rd Earl of Essex 11 Jan 1697 8 Jan 1743 45
[resigned on being made KG 20 Feb 1738]
2 Feb 1725 Alexander Hume-Campbell,2nd Earl of Marchmont 1 Jan 1675 27 Feb 1740 65
23 Sep 1726 James Hamilton,5th Duke of Hamilton and 2nd
Duke of Brandon 5 Jan 1703 2 Mar 1743 40
16 May 1730 Charles Bennet,2nd Earl of Tankerville 21 Dec 1697 14 Mar 1753 55
10 Dec 1731 Charles Stuart,6th Earl of Moray c 1660 7 Oct 1735
2 Jun 1732 Charles Colyear,2nd Earl of Portmore 27 Aug 1700 5 Jul 1785 84
11 Feb 1734 James Murray,2nd Duke of Atholl 28 Sep 1690  8 Jan 1764 73
11 Feb 1734 William Kerr,3rd Marquess of Lothian c 1690 28 Jul 1767
10 Jul 1738 James Douglas,14th Earl of Morton c 1703 12 Oct 1768
10 Jul 1738 John Stuart,3rd Earl of Bute 25 May 1713 10 Mar 1792 78
[resigned on being made KG 1762]
10 Jul 1738 Charles Hope,1st Earl of Hopetoun 1681 26 Feb 1742 60
7 Jun 1739 Augustus Berkeley,4th Earl of Berkeley 18 Feb 1716 9 Jan 1755 38
23 Feb 1741 James Stuart,8th Earl of Moray 13 May 1708 5 Jul 1767 59
22 Jun 1742 John Carmichael,3rd Earl of Hyndford 15 Mar 1701 19 Jul 1767 66
29 Mar 1743 Lionel Tollemache,4th Earl of Dysart 1 May 1708 10 Mar 1770 61
16 Feb 1748 Cosmo George Gordon,3rd Duke of Gordon c 1721 5 Aug 1752
11 Mar 1752 William Dalrymple-Crichton,5th Earl of Dumfries,
later [1760] 4th Earl of Stair 1699 27 Jul 1768 69
29 Mar 1753 Francis Greville,1st Earl Brooke,later [1759]
1st Earl of Warwick 10 Oct 1719 6 Jul 1773 53
29 Mar 1753 John Leslie,10th Earl of Rothes c 1698 10 Dec 1767
18 Mar 1755 James Hamilton,6th Duke of Hamilton and 3rd 
Duke of Brandon 5 Jul 1724 17 Jan 1758 33
13 Apr 1763 Charles Schaw Cathcart,9th Lord Cathcart 21 Mar 1721 14 Aug 1776 55
13 Apr 1763 William Douglas,3rd Earl of March and 3rd Earl of 
Ruglen,later [1778] 4th Duke of Queensberry 16 Dec 1735 23 Dec 1810 85
7 Aug 1765 John Campbell,4th Duke of Argyll     c 1693  9 Nov 1770
23 Dec 1767 Henry Scott,3rd Duke of Buccleuch and later [1810]
5th Duke of Queensberry 2 Sep 1746 11 Jan 1812 65
[resigned on being made KG May 1794]
23 Dec 1767 John Murray,3rd Duke of Atholl  6 May 1729  5 Nov 1774 45
23 Dec 1767 Frederick Howard,5th Earl of Carlisle 28 May 1748 4 Feb 1825 76
[resigned on being made KG 12 Jun 1793]
26 Oct 1768 William Henry Kerr,4th Marquess of Lothian 1710 12 Apr 1775 64
2 Nov 1768 David Murray,7th Viscount Stormont,later [1793]
2nd Earl of Mansfield 9 Oct 1727 1 Sep 1796 68
28 Nov 1768 John Ker,3rd Duke of Roxburghe 23 Apr 1740 19 Mar 1804 63
5 Apr 1770 Prince William Henry,Prince of Brunswick and 
Lüneburg,later [1789] Duke of Clarence and St.
Andrews,then [1830] William IV, King of Great Britain 21 Aug 1765 20 Jun 1837 71
4 Mar 1771 Neil Primrose,3rd Earl of Rosebery 1729 25 Mar 1814 84
18 Aug 1773 Robert Henley,2nd Earl of Northington 3 Jan 1747 5 Jul 1786 39
11 Jan 1775 Alexander Gordon,4th Duke of Gordon 18 Jun 1743 17 Jun 1827 83
1 Nov 1775 John Stewart,7th Earl of Galloway 13 Mar 1736 13 Nov 1806 70
11 Oct 1776 William John Kerr,5th Marquess of Lothian 13 Mar 1737 4 Jan 1815 77
3 Mar 1786 Douglas Hamilton,8th Duke of Hamilton and 5th
Duke of Brandon 24 Jul 1756 2 Aug 1799 43
29 Nov 1786 Thomas Brudenell-Bruce,1st Earl of Ailesbury 30 Apr 1729 19 Apr 1814 84
14 Jun 1793 James Graham,3rd Duke of Montrose 8 Sep 1755 30 Dec 1836 81
[resigned on being made KG 26 Mar 1812]
30 May 1794 John Poulett,4th Earl Poulett 3 Apr 1756 14 Jan 1819 62
26 Jul 1797 George Douglas,16th Earl of Morton 3 Apr 1761 17 Jul 1827 66
23 Apr 1800 John Murray,4th Duke of Atholl 30 Jun 1755 29 Sep 1830 75
23 Nov 1805 William Schaw Cathcart,10th Lord Cathcart,
later [1814] 1st Earl Cathcart 17 Sep 1755 16 Jun 1843 87
16 Mar 1808 George Gordon [later Hamilton-Gordon],4th
Earl of Aberdeen 28 Jan 1784 14 Dec 1860 76
22 May 1812 Charles William Henry Montagu-Scott,4th Duke of
Buccleuch and 6th Duke of Queensberry 24 May 1772 20 Apr 1819 46
22 May 1812 Hugh Montgomerie,12th Earl of Eglintoun 5 Nov 1739 14 Dec 1819 80
23 May 1814 George Stewart,8th Earl of Galloway 24 Mar 1768 27 Mar 1834 66
23 May 1814 Henry Nevill,2nd Earl of Abergavenny 22 Feb 1755 27 Mar 1843 88
23 Feb 1815 Thomas Erskine,1st Baron Erskine 10 Jan 1750 17 Nov 1823 73
20 May 1819 Charles Brudenell-Bruce,2nd Earl of Ailesbury,
later [1821] 1st Marquess of Ailesbury 14 Feb 1773  4 Jan 1856 82
26 Apr 1820 William Kerr,6th Marquess of Lothian 4 Oct 1763 27 Apr 1824 60
22 May 1820 George Hay,8th Marquess of Tweeddale 1 Feb 1787 10 Oct 1876 89
17 Jul 1821 Archibald Kennedy,12th Earl of Cassilis,
later [1831] 1st Marquess of Ailsa    Feb 1770  8 Sep 1846 76
17 Jul 1821 James Maitland,8th Earl of Lauderdale 26 Jan 1759 15 Sep 1839 80
17 Jul 1821 Robert Saunders-Dundas,2nd Viscount Melville 14 Mar 1771 10 Jun 1851 80
17 Jul 1821 Charles Douglas,6th Marquess of Queensberry Mar 1777 3 Dec 1837 60
10 May 1827 George Gordon,5th Earl of Aboyne,later [1836]
9th Marquess of Huntly 28 Jun 1761 17 Jun 1853 91
10 May 1827 Henry Richard Greville,3rd Earl of Warwick and
3rd Earl Brooke 29 Mar 1779 10 Aug 1853 74
3 Sep 1827 James Duff,4th Earl Fife 6 Oct 1776 9 Mar 1857 80
3 Sep 1827 Francis Stuart,10th Earl of Moray 2 Feb 1771 12 Jan 1848 76
19 Jul 1830 Augustus Frederick,Duke of Brunswick and
Lüneburg and Duke of Sussex 27 Jan 1773 21 Apr 1843 70
5 Nov 1830 Walter Francis Montagu-Douglas-Scott,5th Duke
Buccleuch and 7th Duke of Queensberry 25 Nov 1806 16 Apr 1884 77
[resigned on being made KG 23 Feb 1835]
16 Apr 1834 William George Hay,18th Earl of Erroll 21 Feb 1801 19 Apr 1846 45
4 Mar 1835 David William Murray,3rd Earl of Mansfield 7 Mar 1777 18 Feb 1840 62
21 Mar 1838 John Campbell,2nd Marquess of Breadalbane 26 Oct 1796 8 Nov 1862 66
18 Mar 1840 James Henry Robert Innes-Ker,6th Duke of
Roxburghe 12 Jul 1816 23 Apr 1879 62
18 Mar 1840 Archibald John Primrose,4th Earl of Rosebery 14 Oct 1783 4 Mar 1868 84
17 Jan 1842 Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emanuel,
Duke of Saxony,Prince of Saxe-Coburg and
Gotha, and the Prince Consort 26 Aug 1819 14 Dec 1861 42
13 Jun 1843 John Crichton-Stuart,2nd Marquess of Bute 10 Aug 1793 18 Mar 1848 54
13 Jun 1843 William David Murray,4th Earl of Mansfield 21 Feb 1806 2 Aug 1898 92
12 Mar 1845 James Graham,4th Duke of Montrose 16 Jul 1799 30 Dec 1874 75
12 Jul 1847 John Hamilton Dalrymple,8th Earl of Stair 14 Jun 1771 10 Jan 1853 81
12 Jul 1847 James Bruce,8th Earl of Elgin and 12th 
Earl of Kincardine 20 Jul 1811 20 Nov 1863 52
12 May 1848 James Andrew Broun-Ramsay,10th Earl of Dalhousie,
later [1849] 1st Marquess of Dalhousie 22 Apr 1812 19 Dec 1860 48
12 May 1848 Robert Dundas Haldane-Duncan,1st Earl of
Camperdown 21 Mar 1785 22 Dec 1859 74
25 Mar 1852 Alexander George Fraser,16th Lord Saltoun 22 Apr 1785 18 Jul 1853 68
18 Jun 1853 Archibald William Montgomerie,13th Earl of
Eglintoun and later [1859] 1st Earl of Winton 29 Sep 1812 4 Oct 1861 49
28 Oct 1853 Thomas Hamilton,9th Earl of Haddington 21 Jun 1780 1 Dec 1858 78
28 Oct 1853 George Augustus Frederick John Murray,6th
Duke of Atholl 20 Sep 1814 16 Jan 1864 49
28 Oct 1853 Fox Maule [later Maule-Ramsay],2nd Baron Panmure,
later [1860] 11th Earl of Dalhousie 22 Apr 1801 6 Jul 1874 73
2 May 1856 George Douglas Campbell,8th Duke of Argyll
later [1892] Duke of Argyll [UK] 30 Apr 1823 24 Apr 1900 76
6 Jul 1857 George William Fox Kinnaird,9th Lord Kinnaird,later
[1860] Baron Kinnaird [UK] 14 Apr 1807 7 Jan 1878 70
7 Mar 1859 Archibald Kennedy,2nd Marquess of Ailsa    Aug 1816 20 Mar 1870 53
2 Mar 1860 James Duff,5th Earl Fife 6 Jul 1814 7 Aug 1879 65
1 Jul 1861 Thomas Dundas,2nd Earl of Zetland 5 Feb 1795 6 May 1873 78
[resigned on being made KG 26 Dec 1872]
1 Jul 1861 Robert Montgomery Hamilton,8th Lord Belhaven
and Stenton and 1st Baron Hamilton of Wishaw 1793 22 Dec 1868 75
12 Mar 1862 David Graham Drummond Ogilvy,10th Earl of Airlie  4 May 1826 25 Sep 1881 55
10 May 1864 Francis Napier,10th Lord Napier and later [1872]
1st Baron Ettrick [UK] 15 Sep 1819 19 Dec 1898 79
15 Oct 1864 H.R.H.Alfred Ernest Albert,Duke of Saxe-Coburg and
Gotha,later [1866] Duke of Edinburgh 6 Aug 1844 30 Jul 1900 55
28 Jul 1865 Thomas Alexander Fraser,12th Lord Lovat 17 Jun 1802 28 Jun 1875 73
28 Aug 1865 John Hamilton-Dalrymple,10th Earl of Stair 1 Apr 1819 3 Dec 1903 84
24 May 1867 Albert Edward,Duke of Rothesay and Prince of Wales,
later [1901] Edward VII,King of Great Britain 9 Nov 1841 6 May 1910 68
14 May 1868 John James Hugh Henry Stewart-Murray,7th
Duke of Atholl  6 Aug 1840 20 Jan 1917 76
1 Mar 1869 James Carnegie,9th Earl of Southesk 16 Nov 1827 21 Feb 1905 77
24 May 1869 H.R.H.Arthur William Patrick Albert,Duke of Saxony
later [1874] Duke of Connaught and Strathearn 1 May 1850 16 Jan 1942 91
13 May 1870 William Hugh Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound,3rd
Earl of Minto 19 Mar 1814 17 Mar 1891 76
21 Mar 1871 John Douglas Sutherland Campbell,styled Marquess
of Lorne,later [1900] 9th Duke of Argyll and 2nd
Duke of Argyll [UK]  6 Aug 1845  2 May 1914 68
24 May 1871 H.R.H.Leopold George Duncan Albert,Duke of
Saxony,later [1881] Duke of Albany  7 Apr 1853 28 Mar 1884 30
12 Dec 1874 Charles John Colville,10th Lord Colville of Culross,
later [1885] 1st Baron Colville [UK] and [1902] 1st
Viscount Colville of Culross 23 Nov 1818 1 Jul 1903 84
29 Apr 1875 John Patrick Crichton-Stuart,3rd Marquess
of Bute 12 Sep 1847 9 Oct 1900 53
5 Aug 1875 William Henry Walter Montagu-Douglas-Scott,
styled Earl of Dalkeith,later [1884] 6th Duke of
Buccleuch and 8th Duke of Queensberry 9 Sep 1831 5 Nov 1914 83
9 Dec 1876 Sir William Stirling-Maxwell of Pollok, 9th Baronet 8 Mar 1818 15 Jan 1878 59
22 Feb 1878 William Alexander Louis Stephen
Douglas-Hamilton,12th Duke of Hamilton and 9th
Duke of Brandon 12 Mar 1845 16 May 1895 50
22 Feb 1878 Schomberg Henry Kerr,9th Marquess of Lothian 2 Dec 1833 17 Jan 1900 66
30 Jun 1879 John Charles Ogilvy-Grant,7th Earl of Seafield 4 Sep 1815 18 Feb 1881 65
22 Nov 1879 Douglas Beresford Malise Ronald Graham,5th
Duke of Montrose 7 Nov 1852 10 Dec 1925 73
16 Mar 1881 Alexander William George Duff,6th Earl Fife,later
[1885] 1st Earl and [1889] 1st Duke of Fife [UK] 10 Nov 1849 29 Jan 1912 62
17 Sep 1881 George William Frederick Charles,Duke of Brunswick
and Lüneburg, 2nd Duke of Cambridge 26 Mar 1819 17 Mar 1904 84
21 Nov 1881 John William Ramsay,13th Earl of Dalhousie 29 Jan 1847 28 Nov 1887 40
28 Dec 1887 Alan Plantagenet Stewart,10th Earl of Galloway 21 Oct 1835 7 Feb 1901 65
7 Dec 1891 James Ludovic Lindsay,26th Earl of Crawford
and 9th Earl of Balcarres 28 Jul 1847 31 Jan 1913 65
5 Jul 1893 George Frederick Ernest Albert of Wales,Duke of
York,later Prince of Wales and [1910] George V,
King of Great Britain 3 Jun 1865 20 Jan 1936 70
28 Jun 1895 Archibald Philip Primrose,5th Earl of Rosebery,later
[1911] 1st Earl of Midlothian [UK] 7 May 1847 21 May 1929 82
26 Oct 1898 William Montagu Hay,10th Marquess of Tweeddale 27 Jan 1826 25 Nov 1911 85
25 Feb 1899 Charles Alexander Douglas-Home,12th Earl of Home 11 Apr 1834 30 Apr 1918 84
29 Mar 1900 Lawrence Dundas,1st Marquess of Zetland 16 Aug 1844 11 Mar 1929 84
12 Jul 1900 John Adrian Louis Hope,7th Earl of Hopetoun,
later [1902] 1st Marquess of Linlithgow 25 Sep 1860 29 Feb 1908 47
10 Jan 1901 Alexander Hugh Bruce,6th Lord Balfour of
Burleigh 13 Jan 1849 6 Jul 1921 72
1 Jun 1901 Charles Gore Hay,20th Earl of Erroll 7 Feb 1852 8 Jul 1927 75
8 Aug 1902 Henry John Innes-Ker,8th Duke of Roxburghe 25 Jul 1876 29 Sep 1932 56
8 Aug 1902 George Baillie-Hamilton,11th Earl of Haddington 26 Jul 1827 11 Jun 1917 89
16 Mar 1905 Ronald Ruthven Leslie-Melville,11th Earl of
Leven and 10th Earl of Melville 19 Dec 1835 21 Aug 1906 70
27 Sep 1906 John Campbell Hamilton-Gordon,7th Earl of
Aberdeen,later [1915] 1st Marquess of Aberdeen 
and Temair  3 Aug 1847  7 Mar 1934 86
15 May 1908 Edward Marjoribanks,2nd Baron Tweedmouth 8 Jul 1849 15 Sep 1909 60
18 Oct 1909 Gavin George Hamilton,2nd Baron Hamilton
of Dalzell 29 Jun 1872 23 Jun 1952 79
19 Jun 1911 Walter John Francis Erskine,12th Earl of Mar
and 14th Earl of Kellie 29 Aug 1865 3 Jun 1955 89
19 Jun 1911 Donald James Mackay,11th Lord Reay 22 Dec 1839 1 Aug 1921 81
19 May 1913 Richard Burdon Haldane,1st Viscount Haldane 30 Jul 1856 19 Aug 1928 72
15 Oct 1913 Arthur Frederick Patrick Albert of Connaught, Duke
of Saxony,Prince of Great Britain 13 Jan 1883 12 Sep 1938 55
29 Jun 1914 Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird,11th Lord Kinnaird 16 Feb 1847 30 Jan 1923 75
16 Jan 1915 Simon Joseph Fraser,14th Lord Lovat 25 Nov 1871 18 Feb 1933 61
20 Mar 1917 John Charles Montagu-Douglas-Scott,7th Duke
of Buccleuch and 9th Duke of Queensberry 30 Mar 1864 19 Oct 1935 71
31 Jul 1917 Sir Douglas Haig,later [1919] 1st Earl Haig 19 Jun 1861 29 Jan 1928 66
3 Jun 1918 John George Stewart-Murray,8th Duke of Atholl 15 Dec 1871 16 Mar 1942 70
1 Oct 1921 David Alexander Edward Lindsay,27th Earl of
Crawford and 10th Earl of Balcarres 10 Oct 1871 8 Mar 1940 68
23 Jun 1922 Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick
David Windsor,Duke of Rothesay,Prince of Wales,
later [1936] Edward VIII,King of Great Britain and 
then [1937] Duke of Windsor 23 Jun 1894 28 May 1972 77
[His original knighthood ceased when he became 
Sovereign of the Order on acceding to the Throne
in Jan 1936. He was reappointed to the Thistle by
special statute on 12 February 1937]
6 Nov 1922 John Crichton-Stuart,4th Marquess of Bute 20 Jun 1881 25 Apr 1947 65
26 Apr 1923 Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor,Prince of
Great Britain,Duke of York,later [1936] George VI,
King of Great Britain  14 Dec 1895 6 Feb 1952 56
16 May 1923 Algernon Hawkins Thomond Keith-Falconer,9th
Earl of Kintore 12 Aug 1852 3 Mar 1930 77
5 Feb 1926 Ronald Crauford Munro-Ferguson,1st Viscount
Novar 6 Mar 1860 30 Mar 1934 74
9 Aug 1927 Sidney Herbert Elphinstone,16th Lord Elphinstone 27 Jul 1869 28 Nov 1955 86
4 Jun 1928 Victor Alexander John Hope,2nd Marquess
of Linlithgow 24 Sep 1887 5 Jan 1952 64
11 Oct 1928 Claude George Bowes-Lyon,14th Earl of Strathmore
and Kinghorne 14 Mar 1855 7 Nov 1944 89
11 Jun 1929 George Granville Sutherland-Leveson-
Gower,5th Duke of Sutherland 29 Aug 1888 1 Feb 1963 74
11 Jun 1929 Sir John Maxwell Stirling-Maxwell of Pollok,
10th Baronet                                                     6 Jun 1866 30 May 1956 89
28 Mar 1930 Charles Cospatrick Archibald
Douglas-Home,13th Earl of Home 29 Dec 1873 11 Jul 1951 77
2 Jan 1933 Sir Herbert Eustace Maxwell of Monreith,
7th Baronet 8 Jan 1845 30 Oct 1937 92
3 Jun 1933 Henry William Frederick Albert Windsor,Prince of
Great Britain and Duke of Gloucester 31 Mar 1900 10 Jun 1974 74
3 Jun 1933 Edward James Bruce,10th Earl of Elgin and 14th
Earl of Kincardine 8 Jun 1881 27 Nov 1968 87
4 Jun 1934 Archibald Alexander Leslie Melville,13th Earl
of Leven and 12th Earl of Melville 6 Aug 1890 15 Jan 1947 56
4 Jun 1934 Sir Donald Walter Cameron of Lochiel 4 Nov 1876 11 Oct 1951 74
24 Apr 1935 George Edward Alexander Edmund Windsor,Prince 20 Dec 1902 25 Aug 1942 39
of Great Britain and 1st Duke of Kent
11 May 1937 Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Windsor.Queen 
Elizabeth,later Queen Elizabeth,the Queen Mother 4 Aug 1900 30 Mar 2002 101
11 May 1937 Sir Iain Colquhoun of Luss,7th Baronet 20 Jun 1887 12 Nov 1948 61
11 May 1937 John James Dalrymple,12th Earl of Stair 1 Feb 1879 4 Nov 1961 82
8 Nov 1940 Philip Henry Kerr,11th Marquess of Lothian 18 Apr 1882 12 Dec 1940 58
12 Jun 1941 Sir Archibald Henry Macdonald Sinclair of Ulbster,
4th Baronet,later [1952] 1st Viscount Thurso 22 Oct 1890 15 Jun 1970 79
11 Jun 1942 David Lyulph Gore Wolseley Ogilvy,7th Earl
of Airlie 18 Jul 1893 28 Dec 1968 75
1 Jan 1945 Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham of Hyndhope,1st
Baronet,later [1945] 1st Baron Cunningham of 
Hyndhope and [1946] 1st Viscount Cunningham
of Hyndhope 7 Jan 1883 12 Jun 1963 80
17 Jun 1947 James Graham,6th Duke of Montrose 1 May 1878 20 Jan 1954 75
17 Jun 1947 Albert Edward Harry Mayer Archibald Primrose,
6th Earl of Rosebery and 2nd Earl of Midlothian [UK] 8 Jan 1882 31 May 1974 92
1 Nov 1949 Walter John Montagu-Douglas-Scott,8th Duke
of Buccleuch and 10th Duke of Queensberry 30 Dec 1894 4 Oct 1973 78
8 Dec 1951 Douglas Douglas-Hamilton,14th Duke of Hamilton
and 11th Duke of Brandon 3 Feb 1903 30 Mar 1973 70
8 Dec 1951 George Baillie-Hamilton,12th Earl of Haddington 18 Sep 1894 17 Apr 1986 91
21 Apr 1952 Philip Mountbatten,Duke of Edinburgh,later
Prince of Great Britain 10 Jun 1921
22 Mar 1955 David Alexander Robert Lindsay,28th Earl of
Crawford and 11th Earl of Balcarres 20 Nov 1900 13 Dec 1975 75
22 Mar 1955 Alexander Steven Bilsland,1st Baron Bilsland 13 Sep 1892 10 Dec 1970 78
8 May 1956 Sir John Stirling of Fairburn Sep 1893 21 Mar 1975 81
8 May 1956 George Mathers,1st Baron Mathers 28 Feb 1886 26 Sep 1965 79
14 May 1957 Kenneth Fitzgerald Kinnaird,12th Lord Kinnaird 31 Jul 1880 5 Jul 1972 91
14 May 1957 Thomas Godfrey Polson Corbett,2nd Baron
Rowallan 19 Dec 1895 30 Nov 1977 81
15 Oct 1962 Olaf V Alexander Edward Christian Frederik,King
of Norway  2 Jul 1903 17 Jan 1991 87
16 Oct 1962 Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home,14th Earl
of Home,later [1974] Baron Home of the Hirsel [L] 2 Jul 1903 9 Oct 1995 92
12 Mar 1963 Sir Robert Gordon Menzies 20 Dec 1894 15 May 1978 83
25 Jun 1965 Sir James Wilson Robertson 27 Oct 1899 23 Sep 1983 83
12 Apr 1966 Francis David Charteris,12th Earl of Wemyss
and 8th Earl of March 19 Jan 1912 12 Dec 2008 96
18 Feb 1969 John Charles Walsham Reith,1st Baron Reith 20 Jul 1889 16 Jun 1971 81
18 Feb 1969 Sir Charles Hector Fitzroy Maclean of Duart and
Morvern,11th Baronet,later [1971] Baron 
Maclean [L] 5 May 1916 8 Feb 1990 73
26 Apr 1971 Sir Richard Nugent O'Connor 21 Aug 1889 17 Jun 1981 91
26 Apr 1971 Simon Ramsay,16th Earl of Dalhousie 17 Oct 1914 15 Jul 1999 84
30 Nov 1972 Sir Robert Ian Algernon Forbes-Leith
of Fyvie,2nd Baronet 27 Dec 1902 17 Mar 1973 70
30 Nov 1972 Ronald John Bilsland Colville,2nd Baron
Clydesmuir 21 May 1917 2 Oct 1996 79
26 Apr 1973 John Scott Maclay,1st Viscount Muirshiel 26 Oct 1905 17 Aug 1992 86
30 Nov 1973 Harald Robert Leslie,Lord Birsay [Lord of Session] 8 May 1905 27 Nov 1982 77
30 Nov 1973 Sir Donald Hamish Cameron of Lochiel 12 Sep 1910 26 May 2004 93
30 Nov 1974 Bernard Edward Fergusson,Baron Ballantrae [L] 6 May 1911 28 Nov 1980 69
30 Nov 1976 George Nigel Douglas-Hamilton,10th Earl of
Selkirk 4 Jan 1906 24 Nov 1994 88
30 Nov 1976 William Hunter McFadzean,Baron McFadzean [L] 17 Dec 1903 14 Jan 1996 92
11 Feb 1977 Charles Philip Arthur George Windsor,Duke of
Rothesay,Prince of Wales 14 Nov 1948
30 Nov 1978 John Cameron,Lord Cameron [Lord of Session] 8 Feb 1900 30 May 1996 96
30 Nov 1978 Walter Francis John Montagu-Douglas-Scott
[later Scott],9th Duke of Buccleuch and 11th
Duke of Queensberry 28 Sep 1923 4 Sep 2007 83
30 Nov 1981 Andrew Douglas Alexander Bruce,11th Earl of
Elgin and 15th Earl of Kincardine 17 Feb 1924
30 Nov 1981 George Morgan Thomson,Baron Thomson of
Monifieth [L] 16 Jan 1921 3 Oct 2008 87
30 Nov 1983 Crawford Murray Maclehose,Baron Maclehose
of Beoch [L] 16 Oct 1917 27 May 2000 82
30 Nov 1983 Neil Cameron,Baron Cameron of Balhousie [L] 8 Jul 1920 29 Jan 1985 64
29 Nov 1985 David George Coke Patrick Ogilvy,8th Earl
of Airlie 17 May 1926
29 Nov 1986 Sir Iain Mark Tennant 11 Mar 1919 25 Sep 2006 87
30 Nov 1990 William Stephen Ian Whitelaw,1st Viscount
Whitelaw 28 Jun 1918 1 Jul 1999 81
30 Nov 1993 Sir Fitzroy Hew Maclean of Dunconnel,1st Baronet 11 Mar 1911 15 Jun 1996 85
30 Nov 1995 George Kenneth Hotson Younger,Baron Younger of
Prestwick [L],later [1997] 4th Viscount Younger
of Leckie 22 Sep 1931 26 Jan 2003 71
29 Nov 1996 John Campbell Arbuthnott,16th Viscount of
Arbuthnott 26 Oct 1924 14 Jul 2012 87
29 Nov 1996 Robert Alexander Lindsay,29th Earl of 
Crawford and 12th Earl of Balcarres 5 Mar 1927
29 Nov 1996 Lady Marion Anne Fraser 17 Oct 1932
29 Nov 1996 Norman Somerville Macfarlane,Baron
Macfarlane of Bearsden [L] 5 Mar 1926
27 Nov 1997 James Peter Hymers Mackay,Baron Mackay
of Clashfern [L] 2 Jul 1927
30 Nov 2000 Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Windsor,the 
Princess Royal 15 Aug 1950
30 Nov 2000 David Clive Wilson,Baron Wilson of Tillyorn [L] 14 Feb 1935
30 Nov 2002 Stewart Ross Sutherland,Baron Sutherland
of Houndwood [L] 25 Feb 1941
30 Nov 2002 Sir William Eric Kinloch Anderson 27 May 1936
1 Dec 2004 David Martin Scott Steel,Baron Steel of Aikwood [L] 31 Mar 1938
1 Dec 2004 George Islay McNeill Robertson,Baron Robertson
of Port Ellen [L] 12 Apr 1946
30 Nov 2007 William Douglas Cullen,Baron Cullen of Whitekirk [L] 18 Nov 1935
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25 May 2012 HRH Prince William of Wales (William Arthur
Philip Louis),Duke of Cambridge 21 Jun 1982
 
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