George Keith, 4th Earl Marischal (1553 - 1623)

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Nicknames: "5th Earl Marischal", "George Keith", "George Fifth Earl of Marischal"
Birthplace: Kincardine, Dunottar, Scotland
Death: Died in Kincardine, Dunnottar Castle, Scotland
Occupation: 4th Lord Keith, 4th Earl Marischal, Privy Counsellor,Scottish Ambassador to Denmark in 1589, 2nd Lord Altrie,he founded Marischal College Aberdeen, office of High Commissioner of Parliament [Scotland] in 1609
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George Keith, 4th Earl Marischal M, #25761, b. 1553, d. 2 April 1623

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George Keith, 4th Earl of Marischal by George Jamestone 1 George Keith, 4th Earl Marischal was born in 1553.3 He was the son of William Keith, Master of Marischal and Lady Elizabeth Hay.2 He married, secondly, Margaret Ogilvy, daughter of James Ogilvy, 5th Lord Ogilvy of Airlie and Jean Forbes.4 He married by contract, firstly, Margaret Home, daughter of Alexander Home, 5th Lord Home and Margaret Ker, on 4 February 1580/81.5 He died on 2 April 1623.4

    George Keith, 4th Earl Marischal succeeded to the title of 4th Lord Keith [S., 1451] on 7 October 1581.4 He succeeded to the title of 4th Earl Marischal [S., 1458] on 7 October 1581.4 He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) [Scotland] in 1585.4 He held the office of Scottish Ambassador to Denmark in 1589, to negotiate King James VI's marriage.4 He succeeded to the title of 2nd Lord Altrie [S., 1587] in 1592.2 In 1593 he founded Marischal College, Aberdeen.4 He held the office of High Commissioner of Parliament [Scotland] in 1609.4

Children of George Keith, 4th Earl Marischal and Margaret Ogilvy 1.unknown son Keith4 2.unknown son Keith4 Children of George Keith, 4th Earl Marischal 1.Lady Margaret Keith6 2.Lady Mary Keith+7 Children of George Keith, 4th Earl Marischal and Margaret Home 1.Lady Anne Keith+4 d. 30 May 1648 2.William Keith, 5th Earl Marischal+4 b. c 1585, d. 28 Oct 1635 Citations 1.[S3409] Caroline Maubois, "re: Penancoet Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 2 December 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Penancoet Family." 2.[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 117. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage. 3.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume VIII, page 479. 4.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 2195. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition. 5.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume VIII, page 480. 6.[S8] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 99. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition. 7.[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

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The 4th Earl Marischal.

George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal (died 1623) was a Scottish nobleman and Earl Marischal. He succeeded as earl on 7 October 1581, upon the death of his grandfather, William Keith, 4th Earl Marischal.

Described as one of the most important and powerful men of his day in Scotland, he was sent as ambassador to Denmark in 1589 to negotiate the marriage of King James VI of Scotland to Anne of Denmark. He founded the Marischal College in Aberdeen in 1593 and was Royal commissioner to the Parliament of Scotland in 1609. He rebuilt his family seat of Keith Marischal in 1589.

He married firstly Margaret, the daughter of Alexander, 5th Lord Home, by whom he had:

   * William, 6th Earl Marischal.
   * Anne who married William Douglas, 7th Earl of Morton.
   * Margaret who married (as his 1st wife) Sir Robert Arbuthnott, of that ilk but had no issue.

He married secondly, Margaret daughter of James, 6th Lord Ogilvy of Airlie, by whom he had:

   * James Keith of Benholm who had no male issue.
   * John Keith who had no issue.

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George Keith, 4th Earl Marischal, studied in Geneva, and was very well traveled. In Germany he was received and treated as a kinsman by the Landgrave of Hesse, Prince of the Chatti. George was named ambsassador to Denmark in which office he accomplished the King's marriage with Queen Ann (1589) and brought her to Scotland. In 1593, he established Marischal College at Aberdeen, and in 1609 became High Commissioner or Viceroy to the Parliament of Scotland. George married 1st to Margaret, daughter of Alexander Lord HOME, and had William and Ann (married William Earl of Morton). He married 2nd to Margaret, daughter of James Lord OGILVIE, and had Sir Robert Keith of Benholm. He died at Dunnotter, in 1623.

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George Keith, 4th Earl Marischal's Timeline

1553
1553
Kincardine, Dunottar, Scotland
1581
February 4, 1581
Age 28
Scotland
1585
1585
Age 32
Scotland
1585
Age 32
1586
1586
Age 33
Marischal, Scotland
1594
1594
Age 41
Scotland
1600
1600
Age 47
Of Benholm, Kincardine, Scotland
1602
June 18, 1602
Age 49
Of Aberdeen, Scotland
1605
January 15, 1605
Age 52
Of Dunottar, Kincardine, Scotland
1611
December 12, 1611
Age 58
Scotland