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Birthplace: Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Stonehaven, UK
Occupation: "The wealthiest man in Scotland", 3rd Earl Marischal
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About William Keith

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"William Keith, 4th Earl Marischal (d. 7 October 1581) was a Scottish nobleman and politician...

...William Keith was the son of Robert Keith, Master of Marischal and Lady Elizabeth Douglas, daughter of John Douglas, 2nd Earl of Morton. He succeeded his grandfather, William Keith, 3rd Earl Marischal. 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 was married to Margaret Keith, eldest daughter of William Keith younger, of Inverugie, with whom he obtained large estates. He and Margaret had twelve children:

  • William Keith, Master of Marischal (died 1580).[8]
  • Hon. Robert Keith, 1st Lord Altrie (died 1596).[9]
  • John Keith, probable Rector of Duffas.[9]
  • Agnes Keith, Countess of Moray (or Annas), m. 1st to the Regent Moray, 2nd. to Colin Campbell, 6th Earl of Argyll. She died 16 July 1588 at Edinburgh.[9]
  • Alison, m. to Alexander Abernethy, 6th Lord Saltoun (died 1587).[9]
  • Mary, m. to Sir John Campbell of Calder (dispensation for consanguinity).[9]
  • Beatrice, m. to Sir John Allardice of Allardice. She died 19 May 1596.[9]
  • Joneta, m. to James Crichton of Frendraught.[9]
  • Margaret, m. to John Kennedy of Blairquhan.[9]
  • Elizabeth, m. to Sir Alexander Irvine of Drum.[9]
  • Isobel, m. Alexander Strachan of Thornton. She died August 1595.[9]

Barbara, promised in m., failing her sister Isobel, to Alexander Strachan; m. Alexander Forbes of Pitsligo.

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."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'William Keith, 4th Earl Marischal', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 18 November 2012, 00:55 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Keith,_4th_Earl_Marischal&oldid=523588745> [accessed 30 November 2012]


William Keith, 3rd Earl Marischal [1]

  • M, #108331,
  • d. 7 October 1581
  • Last Edited=27 Apr 2011
  • Consanguinity Index=1.91%

William Keith, 3rd Earl Marischal was the son of Robert Keith, Master of Marischal and Lady Elizabeth Douglas.[2]

He married Margaret Keith, daughter of Alexander Keith and Janet Gray, before June 1538.[3],[2]

He died on 7 October 1581.[4]


  • William Keith, 3rd Earl Marischal succeeded to the title of 3rd Lord Keith [S., 1451] circa 1527.[2] He succeeded to the title of 3rd Earl Marischal [S., 1458] circa 1527.[2]
  • He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) [Scotland].[2]
  • He held the office of Extraordinary Lord of Session in 1541.[2]
  • He fought in the Battle of Pinkie on 10 September 1547.[2]
  • He held the office of Extraordinary Lord of Session in 1561.[2] He held the office of Extraordinary Lord of Session in 1573.[2]

Child of William Keith, 3rd Earl Marischal

  • 1.Lady Margaret Keith [5] d. 11 Mar 1619/20

Children of William Keith, 3rd Earl Marischal and Margaret Keith

  • 1.Lady Alison Keith [2] d. Aug 1567
  • 2.William Keith, Master of Marischal+[4] d. bt 9 Aug 1580 - 10 Aug 1580
  • 3.Lady Anne Keith+[6] d. 16 Jul 1588
  • 4.Lady Agnes Keith+[2] d. c 1548
  • 5.Robert Keith, 1st Lord Altrie [7] b. c 1529, d. bt 18 Mar 1596 - 19 May 1596


  • 1.[S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 242. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Family.
  • 2.[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.
  • 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 IX, page 183. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 4.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume VIII, page 479.
  • 5.[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.
  • 6.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 159.
  • 7.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 117.


William Keith, 3rd Earl Marischal (known as "William of the Tower"), was chosen by Queen Mary as one of 12 peers to manage the kingdom in her absence.

He married Margaret, daughter and heiress of Sir William KEITH of Inverugie, and had two sons and two daughters (Buchan says he had 7 daughters).

  • 1. The eldest son (Buchan says youngest), William, married Elizabeth, daughter of George HAY of Errol (in 1543) but was killed in riot in Geneva (before his father's death) ...leaving a son, George, and daughters, Mary (married Sir Robert ARBUTHNOT), Barbara (m. Alexander FORBES of Pitsligo), and one more who m. William KEITH of Ludquhairn.
  • 2. The Earl's 2nd son, Robert Keith, commendator of Deer, received from King James the VI a temproral Lordship, Lord Altree. This Robert had only one daughter, the peerage "failed", the estate falling to the family of Marischal (1551).
  • The Earl's daughters were Anne (married 1st in 1562 to James, Earl of MURRAY, who was Queen Mary's brother; married 2nd to Colin, Earl of Argyle), and Lady Jean (some say Janet), who married John Lord GLAMMIS (ancestors of the present Queen Elizabeth of England).

William died in 1581, succeded by a grandson.

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William Keith, 3rd Earl Marischal's Timeline

July 24, 1506
Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland
Age 20
Of Dunottar, Kincardine, Scotland
July 14, 1530
Age 24
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
September 6, 1530
Age 24
Inverugie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Age 25
Stonehaven, UK
Age 25
Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland
Age 28
Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Age 35
Age 38
Age 54
Of, Garvock, Kincardineshire, Scotland