Name: Roderick Mackenzie
Suffix: of Tarbat and Cogeach
Note: 48 at death
Death: SEP 1626 1
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Change Date: 10 SEP 2011
The Earl of Seaforth had succeeded his father at the age of eleven and his affairs were very ably managed by his uncle, Roderick of Coigach, known as the Tutor of Kintail. Coigach was an excellent landlord but severe, as is recorded in the saying, "There are but two things worse than the Tutor of Kintail - frost in spring and mist in the dog days."
Under his administration the Mackenzie estates increased in value while the influence of the first Earl of Seaforth was extended by his marriage to Lady Margaret Seton, daughter of the Lord High Chancellor of Scotland. Before the death of the first Earl of Seaforth in 1633, the fortunes of the Mackenzies, chief and clan, were at their highest peak.
Coigach was also able to lay the foundation of the success of his own family. He himself was knighted, his son, Sir John Mackenzie of Tarbat, became a Baronet, while his grandson was created Viscount Tarbat and later Earl of Cromartie. In commemoration of the fact that Coigach, the first property of the family, had been inherited through marriage with the MacLeods of Lewis, Cromartie's son took the title of Lord MacLeod.
His death was regretted as a public calamity, which was in September 1626, in the 48th year of his age. [ie b 1578] To Sir Rory succeeded Sir John Mackenzie of Tarbat; and to him Sir George Mackenzie
(The Celtic magazine?. 1878. Page 402.)
Father: Colin ?Cam? Mackenzie
Mother: Barbara Grant
Margaret Macleod b: 1577 in Coigeach, Assynt, Sutherland
- John Mackenzie b: 1608
- Text: IGI