DE GARRIOCH, Marieta 1 2
- Born: About 1340
- Marriage (1): DE STRACHANEN, Adam 1st of Glenkindie in 1357 1
Another name for Marieta was Margaret cousin of Thomas, Earl of Mar.3
Margaret was a relative, "consanguinea" of Thomas, Earl of Mar, but of what degree is not known for certain. As Jim Strachan points out, some authorities refer to her as a cousin, some as a niece:
"In 1355 (while King David II was still in English hands), Thomas, Earl of Mar, gave Margaret Mar, a relative or kinswomen ("consanguinea"), a cousin (Laing) or possibly niece (Ben Strachan), in marriage to Adam. With her hand, Earl Thomas Mar granted the lands of Glenkindie (in 1357), which are situated in Donside near to his own seat... the great fortress of Kildrummy Castle.
The grant reads "to the legitimate heirs of Margaret's body" (i.e. to heirs of the Mar blood). As an incentive to carry on the Strachan name, the lands were to revert back to the Earl of Mar and his heirs in the event of failure of issue of the marriage....by virtue of their descent through Margaret from the ancient Earls of Mar, (Strachans are) entitled to wear the Mar tartan"
A variation on the name of this woman may be found in vol.II of the Publications of the Scottish History Society:
"The first of them obtained the Lands of Glenkindy. By the Marriage of Marieta de Garrioch a Lady whom the Earl of Mar calls his Cousine in the Grant of the Lands to them and their heirs which Charter the Originall I have seen & perused."
The lady linked to Adam here is marriage would have been a second cousin of Thomas, Earl of Mar. She was a granddaughter of Mary/Margaret/Marjorie of Mar, who was the sister of Thomas' grandfather. This lady therefore counts as 'consanguinea'. She was of the same generation as Thomas.
However she is also the daughter of a younger son of Strathbogie, and therefore 'hidden', much less likely to have been recorded than her more important and powerful relatives. Hence the mystery of her identity. Being a daughter of the younger Strathbogie, she 'belonged' to the area of Garioch Thus she fits various criteria indicated briefly in the records:
1 'cousine' and 'consanguinea' of Thomas, Earl of Mar
2 'Marieta de Garrioch'
3 link to Margaret of Mar, her grandmother
An interesting fact is that Marieta's great great grandmother was the Countes of Atholl, Ada Hastings. It offers food for speculation that the Strachans may have been married into this family at an earlier date, and that Adam's given name may have been connected to that of Ada. 2 4 5
Marieta married Adam DE STRACHANEN 1st of Glenkindie, son of John DE STRATHACHYN and Unknown, in 1357.1 (Adam DE STRACHANEN 1st of Glenkindie was born about 1305.)
"The first of the Glenkindie branch, on record, was Adam de Strachanen, who in 1357 married Margaret, a relative of kinswoman ('consanguinea') of Thomas, Earl of Mar, and got with her, in strict entail, certain lands viz., the davoch of land called Glenkenety, and the fourth part of the davoch of lan of Glenboul, called Rummor, lying in the Earldom of Mar."
from The Strachans of Glenkindie 1