Sir John de Keith, Marischal of Scotland

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Sir John Keith, Marischal of Scotland

Also Known As: "John de Keith"
Birthplace: Humbie, East Lothian, Scotland
Death: before 1270
Humbie, East Lothian, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Hervey de Keith, Marischal of Scotland and Margaret Douglas
Husband of Margaret Comyn
Father of Adam Keith and Sir William de Keith of Humbie
Brother of Richard de Keith

Occupation: Marshal of Scotland, Joined Robert Bruce in battle.
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About Sir John de Keith, Marischal of Scotland

John De Keith

  • Birth: 1212 - Humbie, East Lothian, Scotland
  • Death: 1270
  • Parents: Hervey de Keith
  • Wife: Margaret Cumyn
  • Children: Robert Keith, Adam De Keith, Robert De Keith, Nn De Keith

Sir John de Keith, who, about the date mentioned was in possession of both the lands and office. Between the years 1198 and 1234 his name appears as witness to a grant to the Hospital of Soltre. He confirmed to the monks of Kelso the grants of his predecessors, with the addition of some lands within the manor of Keith, and about the year 1250 he confirmed to the Hospital of Soltre some lands in the district of Johnston, near Keith.

He died before the year 1270. He is said to have married Margaret Cumyn, who may have been the daughter of William, Earl of Buchan. [The Scots Peerage VI:28-29]


THE legend and tradition associated with the Keiths stretches far back into bygone ages. Tradition brings the Keiths to Scotland from the province of Hesse, in Germany, which was the home of the Catti until they were conquered by the Roman legions. After leaving Germany, they landed on the northern extremity of Scotland, where they secured a settlement, and gave the name of Caithness to the territory which they had conquered. According to the legend, their chief married a daughter of the Pictish King, Brude, who had his seat on the south side of the river Ness, on or near the old Castle Hill of Inverness; and consequently they became involved in the misfortunes which befell the Picts in succeeding generations. At length they were driven out of Caithness and into Lochaber, where many tragic scenes and deeds have been enacted. But eventually they emerged from Lochaber, and appeared in another quarter of the country.


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Humbie, East Lothian, Scotland
Humbie, East Lothian, Scotland
Keith, Marischall, Scotland
Age 58
Humbie, East Lothian, Scotland