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KEITH, William 2nd Earl Marischal
(About 1458-1526)
GORDON, Elizabeth
(About 1470-After 1525)
DOUGLAS, John 2nd Earl of Morton, Sir
(About 1461-1515)
(About 1476-)
KEITH, Robert Master of Marischal
(About 1487-1514)
DOUGLAS, Elizabeth
(About 1491-)
KEITH, William 3rd Earl Marischal


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1. KEITH, Margaret co-heiress of Inverugie

KEITH, William 3rd Earl Marischal 3 4 5

  • Born: 24 July 1506 4
  • Marriage (1): KEITH, Margaret co-heiress of Inverugie by 30 June 1538 1 2
  • Died: 7 October 1581, Dunottar Castle, Kincardineshire, Scotland 4

   Another name for William was KEITH, Williame.7

   User ID: Z269.

  General Notes:

" He was one of the earls who accompanied James V to France for his marriage to Madeleine of Valois, daughter of King Francis I of France. The wedding took place on 1 January 1537 at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and was followed by days of Jousting at the Louvre.
He fought at the Battle of Pinkie in 1547, in which the Scots were defeated by the English forces led by Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset in a bloody battle that was part of the War of the Rough Wooing. Keith was said to have been in favour of the proposed marriage between the infant Mary, Queen of Scots, and Prince Edward of England, son of King Henry VIII. He held the Office of Extraordinary Lord of Session in 1541, 1561, and lastly in 1573. In 1561, he was a member of Queen Mary's Privy Council. Later, the Earl Marischal retired with his great fortune to a secluded life at Dunnottar Castle becoming known locally as 'William of the Tower'....

Keith's chief residence was Dunnottar Castle in Aberdeenshire.
When he died on 7 October 1581, he was succeeded by his grandson, George Keith, son of William, Master of Marischal; George became the 5th Earl Marischal."

from Wikipedia

Earl Marischall
Testament Dative and Inventory
Edinburgh Commissary Court

Earl Marischall
Testament Dative and Inventory
Edinburgh Commissary Court

from Wills and Testaments 6 7

  Research Notes:


The title of Earl Marischal was created in the peerage of Scotland for William Keith, the Great Marischal of Scotland. The role of the Marischal was to serve as custodian of the Royal Regalia of Scotland, and to protect the king's person when attending parliament.

from Wikipedia

William married Margaret KEITH co-heiress of Inverugie, daughter of Sir William KEITH younger, of Inverugie and Janet GRAY, by 30 June 1538.1 2 (Margaret KEITH co-heiress of Inverugie was born about 1517.)

  Marriage Notes:

" (i) Margaret, married, before 30 June 1538, to William, fourth (numbered on this site as 3rd) Earl Marischal."

from Scots Peerage (vol 6)

Margaret married William Keith, Earl Marischal in or before 1538 [64, 69, 71]."

"64 Antiquities of Aberdeen & Banff, Vol 4, p620
Register of the Great Seal, Vol 3 (1513-1546), #1798
30 Jun 1538
Charter of Akergill etc.
William Earl Marischal.
Margaret Keith (wife of William Earl Marischal, sister german of Elizabeth Keith).
Elizabeth Keith (granddaughter & one heir of Sir William Keith of Inverugie (deceased), sister german of Margaret Keith)."

"69 Antiquities of Aberdeen & Banff, Vol 4, p594-6
Register of the Great Seal, Vol 3 (1513-1546), #2950
05 Aug 1543
Quitclaim of Ravenscraig to John Keith of Ravenscraig
Margaret Keith, Countess Marischal & Lady of Inverugie.
William Earl Marischal her husband.
John Keith of Ravynniscrag (avunculus (uncle) of Margaret Keith).
James Keith (brother german of John Keith of Ravynniscrag).
John Keith of Balmure (patrulis (cousin) of John Keith of Ravynniscrag).
James Keithe (patruus (paternal (?) uncle) of John Keith "

"71 Antiquities of Aberdeen & Banff, Vol 4, p623
24 May 1549
Contract - Inverugie to the Keiths, Fechill & Monk's Hill to Forbes.
Sir William Keith of Inuerugy (deceased).
Margaret Keith (eldest daughter of Sir William Keith, wife of William Earl Marischal).
Elizabeth Keith (daughter of Sir William Keith, wife of William Lord Forbes).
William Earl Marischal (husband of Margaret Keith).
William Lord Forbes (husband of Elizabeth Keith). "

from Keiths of Inverugie
1 2


1 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 6 (1909).

2 e-books, The Keiths of Inverugie by Mike Wade (2021

3 Internet Site,

4, Web: Netherlands, GenealogieOnline Trees Index, 1000-2015.

5 e-books, Politics and protestant Lordship in North East Scotland during the reign of James VI: The life of George Keith, fourth Earl Marischal, 1554-1623 by Miles Kerr-Peterson (2016) PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

6 Internet Site,,_4th_Earl_Marischal.

7 National Records of Scotland, Legal records - Wills and testaments.

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