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Notes on Sir William Keith

Source: Davidson, John, Rev., Inverurie and The Earldom of the Garioch: A Topographical and Historical Account of the Garioch from Earliest times to the Revolution Settlement; A. Brown & Co., Aberdeen 1878. Page 437

XV. - Sir William Keith, Great Marischal of Scotland, is in 1354 designed son of Sir Edward Keith. He appears in documents from 1357 to 1407, and died before 1412. He married Margaret Fraser, only child of Sir John Fraser, who was the eldest son of Sir Alexander Fraser, High Chamberlain of Scotland by Mary, sister of King Robert the Bruce. This Sir William Keith acquired in excambion for some lands in Fife the lands of Dunnottar, and built the Castle of Dunnottar, which from that time became the chief seat of the Keith-Marischal family. Sir William and Margaret Fraser had three sons and four daughters - 1. Sir John ; 2. Sir Robert Keith of Troup ; 3. Sir Alexander Keith of Grandowme, believed to have been the commander of horse at Harlaw ; 1. Muriel, 2nd wife of Robert, Duke of Albany, Regent of Scotland, and mother of John Stewart, Earl of Buchan, Constable of France ; 2. Janet, wife of Philip Arbuthnott of Arbuthnott ; 3. Christian, wife of Sir James Lindsay of Crawford (p. 77) ; 4.Elizabeth, married to Sir Adam de Gordon of Huntley. The Marischal's eldest son John in 1373-4 had from his father a charter of all his possessions and offices. He took his father's official post at the battle of Otterburn, and after the fall of James of Douglas, recovered the battle taking Ralph Percy prisoner. He married one of the sisters of Robert III., and had a son Robert, the hero of Winton's "Fecht at Bourtie". John and his son both died before the Marischal - Robert, leaving a daughter Jean, who married (s.p.) Alexander, the first Earl of Huntly. The Marischal's second son, Sir Robert, also preceased him, but during his brother's lifetime he had married the heiress of Troup, and had two sons- Sir William the next Marischal, and John who got Troup-and whose descendant George Keith of Northfield, was 24th September 1742, served heir male of Sir Robert Keith, great Marishchal of Scotland. One daughter Margaret, married Hugh Arbuthnott of Arbuthnott; another, Elizabeth, married Alexander Irvine of Drum.