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Mariota “Marotte” de Keith

Also Known As: "Marotte de Irwyne", "Marion Bernard"
Death: 1335 (34-50)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Robert de Keith, Marischal of Scotland and Barbara Douglas
Wife of William de Irwyn, 1st of Drum
Mother of Sir Alexander (William) de Irwyn, 2nd of Drum
Sister of Sir John Keith of Humbie & Innerpeffer; William de Keith and daughter of Robert de Keith

Occupation: Great Granddaughter of King David I of Scotland
Managed by: Robert Craig Bliss
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About Mariota “Marotte” de Keith

Seen as daughter or grand daughter of Sir Robert de Keith, Marischal of Scotland. Seen as daughter of Sir John Keith of Humbie & Innerpeffer

NB: if she married in 1315 or so, she’s too old to have been a daughter of John (b 1294).

William Irvine would marry (before 1317) a granddaughter of the Bruce, Marotte Bernard the daughter of Robert Douglas, Earl of Buchan.[1] [SIC] Marotte died in 1335. They had at least one child William (Thomas) Irvine, 2nd Laird of Drum.[1] The Christian name of the next 12 earls of Drum was Alexander.[7]


The first Robert Douglas to hold the title "Earl of Buchan" was Robert, 4th Earl of Buchan. He married into the title. He died on 18 AUG 1580. His daugher, Mariota (Marion) was married to Alexander Irvine 9th Laird of Drum. Robert Douglas could not possibly me Marotte Bernard's father.
According to "The Irvines of Drum and Collateral Branches" by Lieut.-Col. Jonathan Forbes Leslie, 1909. Her father was Sir Robert Keith Marischel of Scotland whe died on 11 Aug 1332 at the Battle of Dupplin Moor.


1. William de Irwyn was born about 1260 in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and died in 1333 in Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He married Lady Marotte Bernard, probably in 1315.…

Historical records indicate that William and Marotte had at least four children.

They were:

  • 1 Alexander de Irwyn was born about 1317 at Drum Castle
  • 2 Robert de Irwyn.
  • 3 William de Irwyn, ancestor to the Irvines of Orkney.
  • 4 Adam de Irwyn
  • Thomas de Irwyn,
  • Daughter de Irwyn, who married Sir John de Kindlock

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Marrote was born about 1280. (?) According to Forbes Leslie, the family historian, she was likely a daughter or granddaughter, of Sir Robert de Keith, the Marischal, who was killed at the battle of Dupplin in 1332. [1] In his notes, [2]Forbes Leslie suggests "The eldest son of this Sir Robert Keith, Sir John Keith, died in his father's lifetime, leaving a family of one son (Sir Robert, who succeeded as Marischal, and was killed at the battle of Durham in 1346) and two daughters. Sir Robert left no issue, and the office of Marischal and the entailed lands passed to his grand-uncle, Sir Edward Keith. It was probably a claim for property by the sisters of the deceased Sir Robert Keith (one of whom was married to Sir Robert Maitland of Thirlestane, and the other to the laird of Drum) that led to the "cruel feud" which raged in the latter part of the fourteenth century between the Keiths Marischal and the Irvines of Drum. This feud was finally settled in 1411 by the marriage of Elizabeth de Keth, daughter of the Marischal, to Alexander de Irvin of Drum, and by a grant of the estates of Strachan as a dower with the bride. The feud is alluded to in the marriage contract. It is not possible to say whether the sister of Sir Robert Keith, Marischal, was the wife of William de Irvin or the first wife of his son and successor, Thomas de Irvin."

In 1327, Bernard, Abbot of Aberbrothoc, granted a charter of confirmation to William de Irwyn and Marrote, his spouse, of the toft and premises and hostilage in Dundee which had been gifted to them by Stephen Fairbairn of Berwick-upon-Tweed. [3]

2 Nisbet's "Heraldry," II., p. 5, states that Sir Robert Keith. Marischal of Scotland^ who was killed at the battle of Durham in 1346, had two daughters, one married to John Maitland, prede- cessor to the Earl of Lauderdale, and the other to Irvine, laird of Drum. Sir Robert Keith had no issue (so Nisbet is in error), but he had a sister married to Sir Robert Maitland, and a nephew, John Maitland (Robertson's " Index," 58, 4). It is not improbable that this Irvine of Drum may have been first married to a sister of Sir Robert Keith; and as the possession of the Keith estates, as well as the office of Marischal, passed, on his death, to their grand-uncle, Sir Edward Keith, it may serve to explain the cause of the inveterate feud between the Keiths Marischal and the Irvines of Drum, which continued until the marriage of Elizabeth Keith to Sir Alexander Irvine in 1411, and the gift of a large estate as her dower.

  • The graphic is taken from "The Irvines of Drum and Collateral Branches" by Lieut.-Col. Jonathan Forbes Leslie, 1909. The Robert de Keith in question is: Sir Robert de Keith, Marischal of Scotland Born: Abt 1262 Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Died: 11 Aug 1332 at the Battle of Dupplin Moor His Wife: Barbara Douglas Born: Abt 1280 Douglas Castle, Douglas, Lanarckshire, Scotland Died: 1350 Castle Cary, Somerset, England
  • The Irvines of Drum and collateral branches; page 24 < Archive.Org >
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Mariota “Marotte” de Keith's Timeline

Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Age 45