Ferteth, Earl or Mormaer of Strathearn

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Ferteth, Earl or Mormaer of Strathearn

Death: 1171
Immediate Family:

Son of Malise I, Mórmaer of Strathearn and Rosabella Forteith
Husband of Eithne de Strathearn
Ex-husband of Fynbella Mearns
Father of Gilbert, 3rd Earl of Strathearn; Christian Olifard and Malise de Strathearn, of Muthil

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About Ferteth, Earl or Mormaer of Strathearn

FERTETH (aka FERQUHARD) Earl of Strathearn


  1. The Scots Peerage VIII: 240-1
  2. Medieval Lands

Biographical Summary by Wikipedia

Ferteth of Strathearn (fl. 1160), sometimes referred to as Ferchar or Ferquhard, is the second known earl or mormaer of Strathearn, a region in central Scotland.

Ferteth was the son of his predecessor Malise I, and Rosabella Forteith. His name likely derives from the Gaelic Fer Téid, "Teith Man". He first appears in history in 1160, when he came to the Parliament at Perth. On this occasion he, with the help of five other earls, besieged King Malcolm in Perth Castle. The reason for this is not clear, but it may have been a protest against Malcolm's friendship with Henry II of England, which they believed might lead to Scotland becoming an English vassal. The king and the earls were later reconciled, and Earl Ferteth was not punished for his actions.

Ferteth took a great interest in ecclesiastical affairs, and it was largely due to his influence that Strathearn was made a separate diocese, headed by the Bishops of Dunblane. He died in 1171, having married a woman named Ethen, of unknown parentage. Ferteth and Ethen had two sons and a daughter:

  1. Gille-Brigte (Gilbert)
  2. Malise, who held Muthil, Ogilvy, Kincardine, Rossie and other lands in Perthshire, and married Ada, illegitimate daughter of David, Earl of Huntingdon
  3. Christian, who married Sir Walter Olifard, Justiciar of the Lothians and son of Sir David Olifard.

Notes and Comments

Date of birth might be 1120.

Date of death has also been erroneously reported to be December 1170.

Ferquhard, earl of Strathearn, descended from Grimus, thane of Strathearn, and bailie of the abthany of Dull, whose brother Crinen, thane of the Isles, abthane of Dull, and steward of Scotland, had by Beatrix, daughter of Malcolm II, king Donald, the father of King Malcolm Canmore— left two sons.

1. Gilbert, who carried on the succession of the earls of Strathearn,
2. Malise, [3]


  1. [S525] Colquoun_Cunningham.ged, Jamie Vans
  2. [S546] London 1910. Alan Sutton, 1982, G E C, (London 1910. Alan Sutton, 1982)
  3. [S1313] Genealogical memoir of the most noble and ancient house of Drummond, David Malcolm, (Drummond-Genealogical memoir of the most noble and ancient house of Drummond 1808 by David Malcolm.pdf)
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Strathearn, Perthshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Strathearn, Perthshire (now Perth and Kinross), Scotland (United Kingdom)
Strathearn, Perth, Scotland