CLAN ERSKINE Alloa Tower, Stirlingshire The ruined 14th century Alloa Tower in Alloa was the medieval residence of Clan Erskine, the Earls of Mar. One of Scotland’s earliest and largest tower houses in Scotland, Alloa Tower retains its original timber roof and battlements along with its extremely thick walls. The Earls of Mar hosted many Scottish monarchs here, including Mary Queen of Scots.
John Erskine, 22nd Earl of Mar-1675-1732, Scottish Jacobite. Nicknamed "Bobbing John" for his tendency to shift back and forth from faction to faction, whether from Tory to Whig or Hanoverian to Jacobite. Deprived of office by the King in 1714, John raised the standard of rebellion against the Hanoverians but Victory eluded him. Mar fled to France where he would spend the remainder of his life.