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Alexander Sutherland of Dunbeath, baron of Dunbeath

Also Known As: "Alexander Dunheath"
Birthplace: Dunlichtie & Dunbeath Castle, Inverness, Scotland
Death: Died in Dunbeath, Caithness, Scotland
Place of Burial: Collegiate Church of Roslin
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert de Moravia, 6th Earl of Sutherland and Margaret Stewart of Buchan
Husband of Mariota MacDonald, of the Isles
Partner of Catherine Chalmers
Father of Marjory Sutherland of Dunbeath; Marion Sutherland, of Dunbeath; Catherine Sutherland; Jonet Sutherland; Alexander Sutherland, Archdeacon of Caithness and 5 others
Brother of Sir John de Moravia, 7th Earl of Sutherland and Robert, Master of Sutherland

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About Alexander Sutherland of Dunbeath

  • Alexander Sutherland, Baron Dunbeath1,2
  • M, b. between 1395 and 1400, d. between 5 September 1454 and February 1456
  • Father Robert Sutherland, 6th Earl Sutherland2 b. c 1347, d. c 1427
  • Mother Margaret Stewart2 d. 1442
  • Alexander Sutherland, Baron Dunbeath NOT Master of Sutherland. NOT son of John, 7th Lord Sutherland.3 He was born between 1395 and 1400 at of Dunbeath, Scotland. He married Catherine Chalmer circa 1422.4 Alexander Sutherland, Baron Dunbeath married Mariota of the Isles, daughter of Donald MacDonald, 8th Lord of the Isles and Mary Leslie, circa 1439.5 Alexander Sutherland, Baron Dunbeath died between 5 September 1454 and February 1456.6,7
  • Family 1 Catherine Chalmer d. a 1456
  • Child
    • ◦Marjory (Mary) Sutherland+ b. c 1430
*Family 2 Mariota of the Isles b. c 1404, d. b 20 Jul 1448 
  • Child
    • ◦Marion (Mariota) Sutherland+8 b. c 1440, d. 1488
  • Citations
  • 1.[S5895] Unknown author, Lineage and Ancestry of HRH Prince Charles by Paget, p. 206, 320; Journal of Ancient and Medieval Studies, Vol. VI, p. 36.
  • 2.[S11587] The Scots Peerage, Vol. VIII, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 330.
  • 3.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. XII/1, p. 546-547, notes.
  • 4.[S45] Neil Thompson & Charles Hansen, "Ancestry of Charles II, King of England."
  • 5.[S11590] The Scots Peerage, Vol. IX, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 18.
  • 6.[S11587] The Scots Peerage, Vol. VIII, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 331.
  • 7.[S11585] The Scots Peerage, Vol. VI, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 171.
  • 8.[S13]
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  • Alexander Sutherland1
  • M, #109202
  • Last Edited=28 Jun 2008
  • Alexander Sutherland lived at Dunbeath, Argyllshire, Scotland.2
  • Child of Alexander Sutherland
    • 1.Marjory Sutherland+1
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 313. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S2] Peter W. Hammond, editor, The Complete Peerage or a History of the House of Lords and All its Members From the Earliest Times, Volume XIV: Addenda & Corrigenda (Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.: Sutton Publishing, 1998), page 15. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage, Volume XIV.
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Alexander Sutherland of Dunbeath's Timeline

Inverness, Scotland
Age 33
Dunbeath Castle, Caithness, Halkirk, Highland KW12, UK

Dunbeath Castle is located on the east coast of Caithness, 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) south of Dunbeath, in northern Scotland. Although a castle has stood here since the 15th century, the present building is of mainly 17th-century origin, with 19th-century extensions

A castle is first recorded on the rocky peninsula at Dunbeath in 1428,[2] when the lands belonged to the Earl of Caithness. The first recorded laird was Alexander Sutherland.[2] It later became the property of the Clan Sinclair through the marriage of the daughter of Alexander Sutherland to William Sinclair (1410–1484), the first Sinclair Earl of Caithness. The Sinclairs replaced the earlier structure with a four-storey tower house in 1620.

In March 1650, Dunbeath was attacked by the Royalist forces of James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose, during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. Sir John Sinclair rode to Edinburgh to warn of Montrose's arrival, leaving his wife to defend Dunbeath against Sir John Hurry. She soon surrendered, and a Royalist garrison was installed. Montrose was defeated in April at the Battle of Carbisdale, and the opposition forces, under David Leslie, recaptured the castle.[2]

The castle was extensively remodelled in the 17th century by Sir William Sinclair, and again in 1853 and 1881, when David Bryce was the architect.[3] From 1894 to 1945, the castle was owned by Vice-Admiral Sir Edwyn Alexander-Sinclair.[2] In that year, after 325 years of occupation by the Sinclair Family, the castle was sold to Bertram Currie. In 1967 it was sold again to Harry Blythe and Helen (Sinclaire) Blythe. The castle remained in their possession until 1976 when it was sold to Ray Stanton Avery. In 1997 the castle was sold to the current owner, Stuart Wyndham Murray-Threipland. The castle remains a private residence today and is not open to the public.

The castle[edit]
The oldest part of the castle lies at the south-west corner, and dates largely from the 17th century. More modern additions have been made to the north and east, in a Scots Baronial style to match the earlier building. The interiors are much altered. The defensive site was enhanced by a dry ditch on the landward side, which cuts across the narrow promontory on which the castle stands.

Age 40
Age 41
Dunbeath, Caithness, Scotland
December 15, 1438
Age 43
Age 43
Dunbeath, Caithness-Shire, Scotland
November 15, 1456
Age 61
Dunbeath, Caithness, Scotland