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  • ID: I58881
  • Name: Robert Keith
  • Suffix: of Tulloch and Whiteriggs
  • Prefix: Capt 1
  • Sex: M
  • LVG: 1649 1
  • Occupation: Of Tulloch & Whiteriggs 1
  • Note: 2

    Seems not, from this:
    The sixth Earl had four sons: first William Lord Keith who succeeded him ; second, George who succeeded his brother William ; third, Sir Robert Keith who died unmarried; and fourth, Sir John Keith, 1st Earl of Kintore.
    (Notes on dignities in the peerage of Scotland which are dormant or which ...By William Oxenham Hewlett. 1882. p158.)
    Wednesday the 15th of June 1642 a proclamation printed in the king's name was proclaimed at the cross of New Aberdeen, for levying of 4500 soldiers, to go under the conduct of the earl of Irvine, brother to the marquis of Argyle, for France. Robert Keith, brother to the earl Marischal, was one of his captains, who got some soldiers in this country, and shipped here at Aberdeen.
    His son George Keith ?in some of the family papers, is described as Sheriff-Depute of Kincardine, nephew to Earl Marischal.?So presumably Robert was brother to the Earl Marischal - but which one?
    In 1695 his granddaughter Margaret Keith?s marriage was witnessed by William Keith, Earl Marischal. That must be the one who had succeeded in 1694 and died 1712. I have GUESSED that Robert was his uncle. William Keith and Mary Erskine did have a son called Robert, it seems. However that son is said to have been found ?destitute of natural wit, furious and a natural idiot? in 1659 - so he can hardly be the same man entrusted with the crown etc in 1660?
    In 1649 he owed money to his son.
    Robert Keith of Whiteriggs was one of those appointed to be a colonel of horse and foot the sheriffdom of Kincardine, in 1643, in an Act for the Committees of War in the Shires.
    The Robert Keith of Whiteriggs, Sheriff Depute to the Earl Marischal, in 1660 was ordered to take care of the crown etc in Dunnottar Castle.
    The daughter of WILLIAM Keith of Tulloch married John Forbes of Bandly (son of Alexander Forbes, 6th of Tolquhoun (d Pinkie 1547)), and had Duncan Forbes of Colloden (b abt 1570).
    ... showed that the deceased William, Earl of Marshell, as principal, with Robert Keith of Whytrigs, Sheriff-depute of Kincardine...granted in Nov 1637...
    (The Diocese and Presbytery of Dunkeld, 1660-1689? - by John Hunter, William Angus. 1917. Page 355.)
    Robert Keith of Whiteriggs, Sheriff Depute of Kincardineshire: appointed Governor of Dunnottar at the Restoration. According to a Declaration made by his great-granddaughter, Nannie Keith, in 1806, when that lady had attained the age of 86, Whiteriggs had 7 sons and 1 daughter. Six of Robert Keith of Whiteriggs?s sons were slain at Killiecrankie [1689], where the seventh, and eldest, was severely wounded. This eldest son, George Keith of Whiteriggs, succeeded to his father's appointments, and contrived to win unenviable notoriety by his treatment of the Covenanters imprisoned in Dunnottar in 1685. His daughter Elizabeth married George Mackenzie, Collector of Cess for the County. A monument erected to her memory, in Dunnottar Church, records her death on 30th May, 1695.
    (Footnote in In Defence of the Regalia, 1651-2: being selections from the family papers of the Ogilvies of Barras. p88.)
    Strangely I can find no other reference to six Keith brothers dying at Killiecrankie.
    A certain check was placed on the manufacture of claims by the provision that no debts incurred after 18th April 1648 would be recognised. And that this was no dead letter was found to his cost by Colonel David Barclay, the father of the Quaker apologist, who after that date had had money dealings with the Marischal regarding the estate of Ury
    In the year 1658 or earlier claims were submitted on behalf of Sir Robert and his sister, Lady Anna. These claims were admitted, at least to the extent of 67000 merks, and in their satisfaction a disposition of certain lands near Peterhead was granted by the Commonwealth officials. That disposition was granted on 26th March 1659 at Leith.
    The scene now changes to the Tolbooth of Forfar, where a jury, by special dispensation, sitting in vacation, formally declared that ?Sir Robert Keith brother german to the Earl of Marischal is destitute of his natural wit furious and natural idiot so that it is to be feared that he will annalzie and put away his lands and goods moveable and immoveable, and teh at the said Sir Robert Keith hath been thus furious and destitute of his natural witt since the month of June 1644." And John Keith, his immediate younger brother, was found entitled to be his tutor-at-law.
    The same friendly jury then pronounced a similar finding with regard to Anna, save that in her case the furiosity dates from November 1643. And this is the first and only thing we know about her.
    (Blackwood's magazine: Volume 228. 1930.)
  • _UID: C270AD153E644E37BF219D5EA2507B98FBCF
  • Change Date: 1 NOV 2012

    Father: William Keith b: 1585
    Mother: Mary Erskine b: 1598

    Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
      1. Has Children George Keith
      2. Has Children Robert Keith

      1. Type: Book
        Periodical: Aberdeenshire Valuation Roll 1667
        Publication: Spalding Club
        Date: 1933
      2. Text: Clan Bannerman on Wikipedia
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