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DE KETH, Philip Joint King's Marischal
(About 1168-Before 1225)
(About 1170-)
DE KETH, Hervey Joint King's Marischal
(About 1185-Before 1250)
(About 1195-)
DE KEITH, John Great Marischal of Scotland, Sir
(About 1212-Before 1270)


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1. COMYN, Margaret

DE KEITH, John Great Marischal of Scotland, Sir 1

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

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  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.1 (Margaret COMYN was born about 1216.)

  Marriage Notes:

"Sir John de Keith, who, about the date mentioned (before 1250) was in possession of both the lands and office. Between the years 1198 and 1234 his name appears as witness to a grant to the Hospital of Soltre. He confirmed to the monks of Kelso the grants of his predecessors, with the addition of some lands within the manor of Keith, and about the year 1250 he confirmed to the Hospital of Soltre some lands in the district of Johnston, near Keith. He died before the year 1270. He is said to have married Margaret Cumyn, who may have been daughter of William, Earl of Buchan, and had issue"

from Scots Peerage (vol 6) 1


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

2 Internet Site,

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