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William de Keith (I), (Knight) Grand Marshal of Scotland

Also Known As: "William Keith of Dunnottar", "Lord of the barony of Alden", "Sir William Keith", "Sheriff of Kincardineshire", "William de Keith"
Birthplace: Dunottar Castle, Stonehaven, Kirncarelishire, Scotland
Death: Died in Kincarelishire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Edward de Keith (I) of Sinton, Marischal of Scotland and Isabella de Synton, Heiress of Sinton
Husband of Margaret Fraser of Touchfraser, heiress of Touchfraser and Unknown Keith
Father of Margaret Keith, of Crawford; Christiana Keith; William Keith (II); Sir Alexander Keith of Grandon; Janet Keith of Galstoun and 4 others
Brother of John de Keith of Inverugie; Edward de Keith (II); Lady Jane De Keith, Baroness Cadzow; Katherine (Catherine) de Keith, Heiress Of Mathers and Elizabeth de Leslie, of Inverugie
Half brother of Janet Keith of Syntoun

Occupation: Great Marischal of Scotland, Sir, IX Lord Marischal of Scotland
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About Sir William de Keith (I), Great Marischal of Scotland

William Keith

  • Parents: Edward Keith, Isobel de Synton of Sinton
  • Married: Margaret Fraser
  • Died between 13 May 1407 and 2 June 1413 (2)

married Margaret Fraser, daughter of John Fraser of Touchfraser before 3 May 1351. (2)


  • Sheriff of Kincardineshire between 1357 and 1359 2
  • Marischal of Scotland.3

Children of Sir William Keith and Margaret Fraser

  1. Sir John Keith+2 d. b 27 Dec 1375
  2. Margaret Keith+1
  3. Christiana Keith+2
  4. Muriel Keith+4 d. b 1 Jun 1449
  5. Elizabeth Keith+2 d. c 1437
  6. Sir Robert Keith+2 d. b 20 Jul 1430


Burke's has Sir William's father as Sir William. However Scots Complete Peerage notes: "Sir William is in 1351 designed son of Sir Edward Keith.". See citations 5 & 6 or documents attached.


  1. [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 1, page 951. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  2. [S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 2, page 2195.
  3. [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 79. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  4. [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 219. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Family.
  5. Inverurie and the Earldom of the Garioch: A Topographical and Historical Account of the Garioch from the Earliest Times to the Revolution Settlement : with a Genealogical Appendix of Garioch Families Flourishing at the Period of the Revolution Settlement and Still Represented (Google eBook). John Davidson. D. Douglas, 1878 - Inverurie (Scotland) - 612 pages. Page 437
  6. The Scots peerage founded on Wood's ed. of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland; containing an historical and genealogical account of the nobility of that kingdom. Published 1904 by D. Douglas in Edinburgh . Page 35-37



DE KEITH, William Marischal of Scotland, Sheriff of Kincardineshire (Sir ) 1 2

Born: About 1320 Marriage: FRASER, Margaret before 3 May 1351 Died: Between 1407 and 1413 3 4

picture William married Margaret FRASER, daughter of Sir John FRAZER and Unknown, before 3 May 1351. (Margaret FRASER was born about 1325.)

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Sir William de Keith (I), Great Marischal of Scotland's Timeline

Kirncarelishire, Scotland
Age 22
Dunnottar Castle,Stonehaven,Kincardineshire,Scotland
Age 25
Probably Grantown, Morayshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
Age 35
Synton, Selkirk, Scotland
Age 37
Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland
Age 38
Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland
Age 43
Ayr, South Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 43