Name: William Keith
Suffix: 5th Earl Marischal
Death: 28 OCT 1635 in Dunnottar Castle, Scotland 1
Burial: 26 DEC 1635 Dunnottar church, Scotland 1
CHIL: 7. 4s. 3d.
Change Date: 1 NOV 2012
Made a Baronet of Nova Scotia 1625.
Interesting how long between death and burial, as given by DNB.
Had a 3rd son Robert ?of whom not much is known, save that he was made a Burgess of Aberdeen in 1634 and again in 1636. He was a captain under his brother, William on the Covenanting side in ?the Troubles?. He was knighted in 1641.?
The Scots Peerage says Robert was in 1659 found by an Inquest at Forfar to be ?destitute of natural wit, furious and a natural idiot, and his younger brother, John, was appointed his tutor, curator, and administrator.?
He officiated at the coronation of Charles I, and served in his Privy Council. He married Mary, daughter of John Erskine (Earl of Marr) and Mary Stewart, and had three sons and two daughters. The first two sons, William and George each served as Earls Marischal, and the third son, John, became Knight Marischal and Earl of Kintore. The daughters, Janet (married Alexander Lord Pitsligo) and Mary (married John Lord Kilpont, son and heir to William, Earl of Airth and Monteith).
The 6th Earl is perhaps most noted for spending a great deal of the family fortune. He died in 1635.
Portrait by Jamesone in possession of Major the Hon. Robert Baillie-Hamilton, reproduced in Vol. I. of "Officers of the Marischal College and University of Aberdeen, 1593-1860"
Father: George Keith b: 1553
Mother: Margaret Home
Mary Erskine b: 1598
- William Keith b: 1614
- George Keith b: 1616 in Dunnotar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
- Robert Keith
- John Keith
- Jean Keith
- Type: Book
Periodical: Dictionary of National Biography (DNB)
- Type: Book
Periodical: Aberdeenshire Valuation Roll 1667
Publication: Spalding Club