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DE KEITH, John, Sir
(About 1212-Before 1270)


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1. COMYN, Margaret

DE KEITH, John, Sir 1

  • Born: About 1212
  • Marriage (1): COMYN, Margaret
  • Died: Before 1270 1

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  General Notes:

"Sir John is the first point of agreement of the Keith descent between The Scots Peerage (Marischal), Burkes Peerage1934 (Kintore) and the successsion list on the Keith clan website at

The previous entries on that site with this Sir John at #11 are;

1. Sir Robert, said to be a leader of the Catti tribe of northern Scotland, is credited with killing Camus, leader of a Danish army of invasion. For this, Robert was given by the king a Barony of Keith in East Lothian, the three red stripes which have ever since graced Keith arms, and other honors. He married Margaret, daughter of Simon FRAZIER of Tweedale. They had:

2. Sir Robert Keith (II) commanded part of the army at the battle of Culross, which the Scots lost, whereupon he went with Banquo and Macbeth and defeated the Norwegians in their camp. He married Elizabeth STRACHAN and had:

3. Sir Robert Keith (III) obtained land and honors from King Alexander I. He married Elizabeth, daughter of John CUMMING, and had:

4. Sir Patrick Keith married Margaret, daughter of the Earl of Marr, and had:

5. Sir William Keith, in 1133, with Earls of March, Montieth and Angus, defeated the English at Allerton. He married Elizabeth SEATON, daughter of the Earl of Winton's predecessor, and had:

6. Sir Robert Keith was with Gilchrist Earl of Angus in defeating Somerled Angus' rebellion against King Malcolm IV. He married Elisabeth, daughter of FRAZIER of Tweedale, and had:

7. Sir Henry Keith fought for William the Lion in defeating Henry II of England. He married Margaret, daughter of William DOUGLAS, and had:

8. Sir Robert Keith (Buchan records Henry's heir as Sir William) married Jean, daughter of the chief of GORDON, and was suceeded by:

9. Sir William Keith was with his cousin, the Earl of Buchan, in defeat of the rebellion of Gillespie, in time of King Alexander II. He married Agnes DUNBAR, daughter of the Earl of March, and had:

10. Sir Robert Keith went with King Alexander III in defeating an invasion by Alcho, King of Norway. He married Jean OGILVIE, and had:

11. Sir John Keith married Margaret CUMMING, daughter of the Earl of Buchan."

from Clan MacFarlane website 1

  Research Notes:


The genealogy of the Keith family in Scotland is intricate to say the least. There are the usual repetition of first names, but often no dates accompany names who are said to succeed each other, or who are said to belong to the same nuclear family. Often brothers succeed rather than a simple father to son succession, and sometimes sons who should succeed die before their fathers and a son succeeds his grandfather.

"Marischal of Scotland" was a hereditary title, going back to at least the twelfth century, probably to Herveus de Keith who held office under King Malcolm IV of Scots. Later, in the reign of King James II of Scots who died in 1460, William Keith was raised to the status of Earl Marischal. The title was forfeited at the time of of the Jacobite rising of 1715. 2

John married Margaret COMYN, daughter of William COMYN Earl of Buchan, jure uxoris, Justiciar of Scotland and Marjory Countess of Buchan. (Margaret COMYN was born about 1216.)


1 Internet Site,

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