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OGILVY, James Master of Ogilvy
(About 1523-1547)
CAMPBELL, Katherine
(About 1516-1574)
FORBES, William 7th Lord Forbes
(About 1513-1593)
KEITH, Elizabeth co-heiress of Inverugie
(About 1519-)
OGILVY, James 5th Lord Ogilvy of Airlie
(About 1541-1606)
OGILVY, Margaret
(About 1585-)


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1. KEITH, George 4th Earl Marischal

2. STRACHAN, Alexander Baronet of Thornton, Sir

OGILVY, Margaret 2 3

  • Born: About 1585
  • Marriage (1): KEITH, George 4th Earl Marischal
  • Marriage (2): STRACHAN, Alexander Baronet of Thornton, Sir by 1624 1

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Margaret married George KEITH 4th Earl Marischal, son of William KEITH Master of Marischal and Elizabeth HAY. (George KEITH 4th Earl Marischal was born about 1559 4 and died on 2 April 1623 5.)

  Marriage Notes:

"He (George Keith) married, secondly, Lady Margaret, daughter of James, Lord Ogilvy of Airlie; and their family consisted of two sons: James, who got the lands of Benholm, and John. The earl's later days were sadly embittered by the unfeeling conduct of his wife, who, not content with neglecting him and carrying on a scandalous intrigue with Sir Alexander Strachan of Thornton (she married him within the time then prescribed for mourning for the death of her husband), robbed Benholm, belonging to the earl, of jewels, silver plate, household stuff, gold, silver, and title deeds. Pitcairn, in enumerating the articles, mentions:

'Portugal ducats and other species of foreign gold to the avail of 2600 pounds or thereby; thirty-six dozen gold buttons; the Queen of Denmark's picture set in gold, set about with rich diamonds, estimated at 5000 merks; a chain of "equall
perle," wherein were four hundred pearls, great and small; two chains of gold, worth 3000 merks; a great pair of bracelets, all set with diamonds, price thereof 600 crowns, etc., etc., etc.; also 16,000 merks of silver and gold ready coined, etc.'

Dunnottar was also stripped of

'the whole tapestry, silver work, bedding, goods, gear, and plenishing ; and what was a distinct aggravation of the crime was that it took place a little before the earl's death, which occurred at Dunnottar in 1623, in his 70th year.' "

from Epitaphs and Inscriptions 2

Margaret next married Sir Alexander STRACHAN Baronet of Thornton, son of Robert STRACHAN heir apparent of Thornton and Sarah DOUGLAS, by 1624.1 (Sir Alexander STRACHAN Baronet of Thornton was born about 1587.)

  Marriage Notes:

"Margaret, married .... secondly, before 1626, to Alexander Strachan of Thornton. In 1624 she with her own son Keith of Benholm, was accused of removing ' goods, silver workr and tapestry ' belonging to her stepson the Earl Marischal. King James wrote, 22 August 1624, instructing the Council to show her no favour. She and her husband obtained a remission 13 January 1625."

from Scots Peerage (vol 1)

"Sir Alexander married, secondly, Margaret, widow of George, fifth (fourth, on this website) Earl Marischal, and daughter of James, sixth Lord Ogilvie (Privy Seal Register, vol. cvi., fol. 397, and Withie's Pedigrees). In the Justiciary Pecords, under the year 1624, are set forth certain proceedings connected with a criminal charge preferred against Sir Alexander Strachan of Thornton, and Dr Robert Strachan, for the forcible seizure of articles of jewellery and silver plate, 'at the place of Benholme,' belonging to the late George, Earl Marischal." (page 43)

" 'A warrand from the counsall was presented to the justice, for continewing the dyet to the 2 July next to come, warrand dated Edr 2 Mar. 1624. The warrand states that the lords of Secrit Counsall, for some special considerations moving them, ordains to continue the action appointed to Dame Margaret Ogilvie, Countess of Merschell, Sir Alexr. Strauchane of Thornetoun, hir spous, and vtheris persones specifeit in the criminal letteris, taking new caution for their compearance. Sir George Affleck of Balmanno, knight, becomes security for the Countess, Sir Alexander Strauchane, and Mr Rot. Strauchane, doctour in phisick.'" (page 44)

from Memorials of Strachan and Wise (1877) 1 3


1 e-books, Memorials of the Scottish Families of Strachan and Wise by Charles Rogers (1877).

2 e-books, Aberdeenshire Epitaphs and Inscriptions by John A. Henderson (1907).

3 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 1 (1904).

4 Internet Site,

5 Internet Site,

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